Architecture in the future may be characterized by an increasing participation of the user in its organizational and formal definition. This is evident from the work of the last two decades where there has been a considerable movement towards the direct involvement of the public in the definition of their environment. A review of the theories and practices of participation suggest that the architects Job is no longer to produce finished and unalterable solutions, but to extract solutions from a continuous confrontation with those who will use his/her work. The architects energy and imagination will be completely directed to raising the level of awareness of clients/users in the discussion, where the solution generated from this approach will need to be made 'transparent' so that the decisions are understood by all the people who made them. In order to respond to this situation examples will illustrate how architects will need to do everything possible to make design solutions more the representation of its users even though difficulties arise in applying the concept of participation in the decision making process such as the organizational and methodological problems of the process itself. The potential benefits offered by an organized participatory approach, effecting the community, the users, and the architect are numerous and constitute logical, technological and economic tenets for it's use.