Architecture has an integral role to play in the built environment and by extension, in engaging and improving people’s lives. Architecture shapes a person’s daily experiences and directly participates in the politics of space — both reinforcing power dynamics that often disenfranchise certain groups and more importantly, supporting and empowering others. To locate one’s architectural practice on the side of improving the lives of others, not as an added benefit but as a primary concern, be this through design work, research, or somewhere in between, is a political act. And this act forces architecture into current social, cultural and economic debates. For the discipline to be more responsive and engaged, architects must become more politically invested in the world.