VMA is passionate about the importance of education and community in Philadelphia. We make it a priority to involve educational programs and students in the practice. A cross section of students from inner-city Schools to local Universities have been welcomed into the office becoming immersed in the work and daily life of the office though hands-on involvement. Through mentorship and teaching, the VMA staff are given the opportunity to view their projects and craft through a different lens while contributing valuable skills to the larger community. In addition to teaching, the practice has provided pro bono services both locally and as far away as New Orleans. Civic engagement also maintains a priority, from urban visioning events to serving on local governmental boards.