Episode 50 – How Cameron Sinclair’s Army of Architects are Changing the World

February 23, 2012

In Episode 50 of The Wendel Forum (originally aired on February 11, 2012, on 960 KNEW AM radio), show host Bill Acevedo welcomes Cameron Sinclair, founder and eternal optimist of Architecture for Humanity, a nonprofit founded in 1999 to promote architectural and design solutions to global, social and humanitarian crises.

Photo of Cameron Sinclair visits The Wendel Forum

Cameron Sinclair visits Bill Acevedo at The Wendel Forum

Architecture for Humanity is well known for its post-disaster and post-conflict work in places ranging from the Gulf Coast to Kosovo.  The community of architects, designers, engineers and other resource professionals is now more than 4,600 strong. If it were a for-profit company, it would be largest design company in the world.  

Yet, what’s so special about Architecture for Humanity is that it’s much more than a pro bono design group.  The solutions advanced by the organization often address much larger issues in the communities they serve.  Many of the projects seek to tackle issues of social and economic justice.  These folks think big.  

Projects are worldwide and include everything from long term reconstruction after a specific crisis in places like Haiti and Japan to systemic change in areas of deep poverty ranging from Brazil to urban neighborhoods in the United States like Oakland and Detroit.  With projects in 26 countries, the organization has grown to include a global network of professionals in 14 countries and with 50 chapters in the United States, which operate fairly independently from the parent organization, each with their own projects and approach.  

Design is a process of understanding a situation and finding solutions.  Listen to the full interview to hear how this fascinating organization came to be and the wide variety of projects under development.  Cameron shares stories from the trenches on topics ranging from how decommissioned military facilities can lead to environmental diplomacy to how mobile grocery stores can bring nutrition to impoverished communities.

We think you’ll enjoy this truly inspirational conversation that demonstrates the powerful impact possible when collaboration moves a like-minded group of individuals in a single direction with a common purpose.

Post Links:

Listen to the interview with Cameron Sinclair:  Episode 50 of The Wendel Forum (27:38 mins; mp3)

Architecture for Humanity website: http://architectureforhumanity.org/ 

960 KNEW AM Radio website: http://www.960KNEW.com

Bill Acevedo’s online profile: http://www.wendel.com/wacevedo

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