San Francisco-based non-profit design firm, Architecture for Humanity, is responding to the earthquake in Haiti by mobilizing a team of architects, interior designers, engineers, environmental scientists, agronomists, and landscape architects on the ground to support the many volunteer organizations flooding into the area.
The firm provides design, construction, and development for nations and cultures in need, and is currently fundraising for long-term efforts for rebuilding the city of Port au Prince. The firm's executive director, Cameron Sinclair, cited substandard design, inadequate materials and shoddy construction practices as a major factor in the collapse of many buildings in Tuesday's earthquake.
Partner organizations Yele Haiti and AIDG (Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group) will supply pro bono construction and design services, and set up community housing resource centers and support in the design and building of earthquake resistant structures.
In the first two days Architecture for Humanity has raised over $20,000 in individual giving and has pledges from a number of companies.
Architecture for Humanity brings people who care about sustainable development together, providing 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. The firm has 500+ professional affiliations globally including 80 chapters in 25 countries with more than 4,650 volunteer design professionals.