Architecture for Humanity, 2009 in review

Architecture for Humanity, 2009 in review

Architecture for Humanity is a a charitable organization that seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crises and brings professional design services to communities in need. They do an amazing job all over the world and this has been an incredible year for them, specially for their Skatepark in Afghanistan.

During this year’s AIA Convention, we had the chance to interview Cameron Sinclair, the Co-founder and Eternal Optimist of AFH. Check the first part and second part of this great interview. After the break, we show you a review of everything they’ve done this year, and what’s to come.


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 Client: SIDAREC 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 connects architecture students across the Pacific Rim.

About this author
Cite: Sebastian Jordana. "Architecture for Humanity, 2009 in review " 08 Dec 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

You've started following your first account!

Did you know?

You'll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.