Building Change Across the Globe

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Cameron Sinclair Co-founder of Architecture for Humanity and the Open Architecture Network

Architecture for Humanity has spent the last decade building a more sustainable future using the power of design. Through a global network of building professionals, the non profit organization brings design, construction and development services to communities in need. It has been a busy year in our office but even more so in the field. Turning ten this year allowed us a moment of reflection but as Henry Kaiser once said, "When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt." Therefore we continued to work tirelessly to design, develop and build stronger and more sustainable communities through the power of thoughtful and innovative architecture.

This weekend saw the opening of another building, the Khayelitsha Football for Hope Centre, the first of many youth sports facilities built as legacy projects for the 2010 World Cup. Below is a list of all the projects we've worked on this year. They involved dozens of architects and building professionals and hundreds of local construction workers from around the world. We are truly proud of all of them and everyone involved.

It is only because of the dedication of our partners and our donors that we are able to achieve this level and quality of work. For the first time in our history we had projects under construction on every corner of the globe.

I will continue to update and add project information over the month but if you believe in the need for safe, sustainable and community-led building, think about contributing to us this giving season.

The entire Architecture for Humanity team.



Khayelitsha Football for Hope Centre
Location: Khayelitsha, South Africa
Client: Grassroot Soccer
Design Team: ARG Design (Architect of Record) Eugene da Silva (Regional Program Manager), Kimberley O'Dowd (Program Manager), Sarah Rowden, Oana Stanescu, and Christine Lara (Design Fellows)

Biloxi Model Homes
Location: Biloxi, Mississippi
Clients: Desporte, Nguyen, Odom, Parker, Robinson, Tran and Tyler families
Project Partners: Hope Community Development Agency and Oprah's Angel Network
Design Team: Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, Studio Gang, Huff & Gooden, Marlon Blackwell Architect, Brett Zamore Design, CP+D Workshop, MC2 architects (Architects) and Paul Hendershot Design (Landscape Architect) with Kimberley O'Dowd (Program Manager), Michael Grote, Sherry-Lea Bloodworth, John Dwyer, Tommy Calhoun, Nicole Joslin, Nicole Nowak, Brandon Milling, Nadene Mairesse and many, many others.

Skateistan Youth Sports Center
Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
Client: Skateistan
Partner: Nike Gamechangers
Design Team: Convic Design (Architect of Record), Michael Jones and Elaine Uang (Program Managers)

Navajo Straw Bale Housing
Location: Navajo Nation - remote sites in AZ and NM
Client: Navajo Elders
Design Team: Nathaniel Corum (Architect of Record) and Indigenous Community Enterprises

Nadukuppam Colony Womens' Center and Balwadi
Location: Nadukuppam, Tamil Nadu, India
Client: Nadukuppam Women's Cooperative plus schooling for their children
Design Team: Purnima McCutcheon and local community members

Pillaichavadykuppam Community Center
Location: Pillaichavadykuppam, Tamil Nadu, India
Client: Pillaichavadykuppam Women's Cooperative plus Children's Parliament
Design Team: Purnima McCutcheon and local community members

Thirukannur Women's Cooperative
Location: Thirukannur, Tamil Nadu, India
Client: Thirukannur Women's Cooperative
Design Team: Purnima McCutcheon and local community members

Kutamba AIDS Orphans School
Location: Bikongozo, Uganda
Client: Nyaka AIDS Foundation
Design Team: Matt Miller (Design Fellow) and Project H Design (Program Partner)

Alternative Masonry Units - Domestic Beta
Location: Oakland, California
Client: City Slickers Farms
Design Team: Nathaniel Corum, Michael Jones, Jeremy Fisher and Marisha Farnsworth

Alternative Masonry Units - International Beta
Location: Bikongozo, Uganda
Client: Architecture for Humanity
Design Team: Matt Miller (Design Fellow)

Appirampattu Community Center - Design Grant
Location: Appirampattu, India
Client: Villagers of Appirampattu
Design Team: Logan Allen, Taiko Sakamoto, James Jamison, Ganesh Bala and Bhaskar

Collaborate Office
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Client: Architecture for Humanity and all the Collaborate Office Tenants
Design Team: San Francisco community design effort led by Stacy Jed (Project Lead), Beth Morris (Architect of Record), Aaron Lim and Joyce Engebretsen

Under Construction

Mukuru kwa Njenga Technology Center and Media Lab
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Partner: 50 x15 Foundation
Design Team: Planning Systems (Architect of Record), The Global Studio (Concept Designers), Isaac Mugumbule (Design Fellow) and youth leaders at SIDAREC

Mahiga High Rainwater Court
Location: Nyeri, Kenya
Client: Mahiga High School
Partner: Nike Gamechangers
Design Team: Greg Elsner (Design Fellow) and local community members

Plastiki Off Grid Habitation (aka. The Cabin)
Location: Pacific Ocean
Client: Adventure Ecology
Design Team: Nathaniel Corum (Design Lead), Michael Jones (Design Fellow) with Andy Dovell (Naval Architect), R. Scott Mitchell, Marisha Farnsworth, Jay Ruskey and USC Students (Design Support)

In Development

Bamako Football for Hope Centre
Location: Bamako, Mali
Client: Association Malienne pour la Promotion de la Jeune et de la Femme
Design Team: M. Youseff Berthe (Architect of Record) and Michael Heublein (Design Fellow)

Haruma Football for Hope Centre
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Client: Mathare Youth Sports Association
Design Team: Studio 610 (Concept Designers), Andrew Gremley (Architect of Record), Dr. Alfred Omenya (Environmental Consultant) and Isaac Mugumbule (Design Fellow)

Cape Coast Football for Hope Centre
Location: Cape Coast, Ghana
Client: Play Soccer
Design Team Joe Addo, Constructs LLC (Architect of Record)

Windhoek Football for Hope Centre
Location: Windhoek, Namibia
Client: Special Olympics - Namibia
Design Team Nina Maritz and Paul Munting (Architect of Record)

Kigali Football for Hope Centre
Location: Kigali, Rwanda
Client: Esperance
Design Team: APPLY TODAY!

Guardians Institute
Location: New Orleans, LA
Client: Guardians of the Flame
Design Team: Rockwell Studio (Concept Designers)

Homeless World Cup Legacy Project
Location: Santa Cruz, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Client: Homeless World Cup
Design Team: APPLY TODAY!

Bhawani Orphanage
Client: Miracle Foundation
Location: Bhawanipur, Orissa, India
Design Team: Sarika Jhawar (Design Fellow)

Cyclone Nargis Reconstruction
Client: ASEAN
Location: Burma/Myanmar
Design Team: Suchon M., Kidsada P., Tee A. and Nattawut U.

Green Charter School Facility Guide
Location: United States
Client: NCB Capital Impact
Design Team: Sumita Mukherjee (Design Fellow)

Teton Valley Community School
Location: Victor, Idaho
Client: Teton Valley Community School
Design Team Emma Adkisson, DC Workshop (architect of record) and Section Eight Design (concept designers)

Building Tomorrow Uganda School
Location: Rural Uganda
Client: Building Tomorrow
Design Team Gifford LLC


2009 Open Architecture Competition: Classroom
Winner: Teton Valley Community School
Design Team Section Eight Design, Victor, Idaho

The Community Prize
Winner: Seth Shannon, Des Moines, Iowa

Publications in Development

Design Like You Give a Damn 2
Location: Global
Client: various
Editing Team: Satu Jackson, Kate Stohr, Cameron Sinclair and Architecture for Humanity

On the Boards for 2010

We have a number of projects in development that may move into design phase in 2010. Beyond projects already listed these include school building in Indonesia, Peru, The Philippines and Uganda; A Youth Center in Haiti; A Coastal Access and Restoration landscape Project in Southern California; A Research project on temporary housing for migrants workers; Launch of the Chapter Network (see below); Eight more homes for the Navajo Nation, the launch of the Plastiki and a design studio that will connect architecture students across the Pacific Rim.


With more than 60 local chapters world wide, Architecture for Humanity members continue to provide innovative design solutions for their own communities. The dedicated engagement of these professionals and local stakeholders remains one of the most visible aspects of our organization. Our most active chapters have been involved this year in a wide variety of projects, including design competitions, participation in TEDx presentations, traveling exhibitions and creative workshops.

This year we welcome a few new additions to our our chapter family: Adelaide (Australia), Amman (Jordan), Boise (Idaho), Istanbul (Turkey), San Juan (Puerto Rico), Athens (Greece) and Sioux Falls (South Dakota). We've also seen renewed efforts on the part of some chapters, including Seattle, Detroit and Portland.

In the coming weeks, we will be launching our new Chapters Network web site, a platform dedicated to better support our vast network of chapter members. This new site will become the central meeting point for all our chapters, enabling them to post their events and on-going projects as well as to communicate and share design ideas between one another. We are truly proud and thankful of every chapter member involved in furthering the Architecture for Humanity mission.