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About Architecture for Humanity

"There are many complicated things in building a school and this
new building is not a building, it is a work of art, and we did that."
Vivianne Vieux, Headmistress, cole La Dignit, Cayes Jacmel,
Architecture for Humanity is a nonprofit design services firm founded in 1999. We are building a
more sustainable future through the power of professional design.
By tapping a network of more than 50,000 professionals willing to lend time and expertise to help those
who would not otherwise be able to afford their services, we bring design, construction and
development services where they are most critically needed.
Each year 100,000 people directly benefit from structures designed by Architecture for Humanity. Our
advocacy, training and outreach programs impact an additional 50,000 people annually. We channel the
resources of the global funding community to meaningful projects that make a difference locally. From
conception to completion, we manage all aspects of the design and construction process. Our clients
include community groups, aid organizations, housing developers, government agencies, corporate
divisions, and foundations.
Design is important to every aspect of our lives. It informs the places in which we live, work, learn, heal
and gather. We engage all stakeholders in the design process. We believe our clients are designers in
their own right.
Thoughtful, inclusive design creates lasting change in communities by:
Alleviating poverty and providing access to water, sanitation, power and essential services
Bringing safe shelter to communities prone to disaster and displaced populations
Rebuilding community and creating neutral spaces for dialogue in post-conflict areas
Mitigating the effects of rapid urbanization in unplanned settlements
Creating spaces to meet the needs of those with disabilities and other at-risk populations
Reducing the footprint of the built environment and addressing climate change
Architecture for Humanity is a catalyst for innovation. To foster knowledge sharing and promote best
practices, we developed the Open Architecture Network and after five years have merged it with the
Worldchanging platform ( This groundbreaking online network
empowers architects, designers, builders and their clients to share every aspect of their projects and
process in an open-source community. Drawings, documents, hi-res images, slideshows and more can
be freely downloaded and shared by all.
Design is the ultimate renewable resource. Join us in building safer, more sustainable and more
innovative structuresstructures that are assets to their communities and an ongoing testament to the
ability of people to come together to envision a better future.
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Architecture for Humanity brings people who care about sustainable development together. We provide
a range of design and construction administration services to partners and clients through a global
network of design, development and construction professionals with local expertise and knowledge.
Design Advocates
76,500 newsletter subscribers, 500+ professional affiliations globally
Local Chapters
52 chapters in 13 countries with more than 6,470 volunteer design professionals
Design Fellowship Program
20-35 design fellows in 12 countries dedicated to community based design projects globally for 6-month
to 1-year fellowships
Open Architecture Network
First site to offer open source architectural plans, drawings and online viewing of CAD files
Ability to collaborate, manage projects remotely, and share design knowledge
30,000 unique visits monthly
38,000 registered users
Social Media
Twitter 187,000 followers and growing - @archforhumanity
Facebook 40,000 fans
Architecture for Humanity Website 85,000 monthly hits
Community-based organizations: Pinsara Federation, League for Education and Development, Hope
Coordination Center, and others.
Housing developers: Habitat for Humanity, Hope Coordination Center, and others.
Institutional and NGO clients: UN Habitat, AMD, FIFA, Nike, Oprahs Angel Network, Orient Global,
and many others.
Government: USAID, Parks Department of the City of New York, Office of Emergency Management
Architecture for Humanity on Frontline/The World, June 2008
Awards and Honors
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