Architecture for Humanity is a nonprofitdesign services firm founded in 1999. By tapping a network of more than 40,000professionals willing to lend time and expertise to help those who would nototherwise be able to afford their services, we bring design, construction anddevelopment services where they are most critically needed. We are building amore sustainable future through the power of professional design.
Programs: In 1999, we launched our first venture, an international competition to design five-year transitional housing for returning refugees in Kosovo. More than 300 architects and designers from 30 nations participated in the competition which resulted in five built prototypes. An exhibition of the finalists and selected designs was showcased internationally. Since then, Architecture for Humanity has developed a network of over 7,000 architects and designers and hosted a second competition to design a mobile HIV/AIDS health clinic for Africa. This second project led to over 532 entries from 51 countries and is currently being exhibited around the world. As a result operational clinics were built in Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania. In addition to implementing design initiatives and competitions, Architecture for Humanity also aims to promote humanitarian and social design through advocacy and education programs. Architecture for Humanity has consulted with government bodies and relief organizations on a number of projects, including mine clearance programs and playground building in the Balkans; post disaster reconstruction assistance in Grenada, India, Sri Lanka and the United States; and refugee housing on the borders of Afghanistan. Elementary and high school students have benefited from our design initiatives through after-school workshops, and at the university level, architecture and design programs around the world have used our competitions and design criteria as a model for semester-long projects.
My son has a trip to Japan planned for April or May. He is well-trained in engineering and science and so is not worried about the dangers of radiation, but is concerned that his return might be impacted by rolling blackouts or some unexpected development that might affect his return.
His birthday is on St. George's Day, so he has a good patron saint. In thinking of a birthday present, we turned to a charity that would have a presence in Japan at this time of need. Judging from the plans already in place, a donation to Architecture for Humanity is a marvelous choice for a gift.
My whole family is well-traveled, and we loved to visit architecturally significant buildings in the cities where we have lived in England and the United States, east coast, west coast, and third coast. As I currently live in the Chicago area, the green building campaigns are going great guns here, and the Chicago Architectural Foundation offers tours and lectures on the subject.
With the destruction caused by the earthquake and tsunami being almost incomprehensible, finding a group so well qualified to assist the suffering residents, and already with contact in place in Japan, turns out to be a good find on Charity Navigator.