June 24, 2012
by Canadian Architect
Architect Cameron Sinclair will give a not-to-be-missed lecture on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 6:00pm at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. The event is a rare opportunity to hear the pre-eminent co-founder of Architecture for Humanity speak in person.
Sinclair co-founded Architecture for Humanity with Kate Stohr in April 1999 in response to the need for immediate long-term shelter for returning refugees in Kosovo. Having developed an interest in social, cultural and humanitarian design in university, he created the organization with Stohr to seek architectural solutions to humanitarian crisis and bring professional design services to communities in need. Architecture for Humanity has grown considerably and since worked in 48 countries on projects including schools, clinics, low-cost housing and sustainable reconstruction. It currently includes 72 chapters in 14 countries around the world.
In 2004, Fortune magazine named Cameron Sinclair as one of the Aspen Seven, seven people changing the world for the better. He was the recipient of the 2006 TED prize and the 2005 RISD/Target Emerging Designer of the Year. In 2009, he was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Along with co-founder Kate Stohr, he was awarded the Wired magazine 2006 Rave Award for Architecture for work in responding to housing needs following Hurricane Katrina.
As a result of receiving the TED prize, Sinclair and Stohr launched the Open Architecture Network in 2009, an open source community created to improve living conditions with innovative and sustainable design. This spring, Sinclair and Stohr released a compendium on socially conscious design titled Design Like You Give a Damn : Building Change from the Ground Up, a companion to their 2006 volume Design Like You Give A Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises.
Architecture for Humanity is a non-profit design services firm. It aims at building a more sustainable future through the power of professional design. By tapping a network of more than 50,000 professionals willing to lend time and expertise to help those who would not otherwise be able to afford their services, Architecture for Humanity brings design, construction and development services to communities around the world where they are most critically needed.
Each year 25,000 people directly benefit from structures designed by Architecture for Humanity. Their advocacy, training and outreach programs impact an additional 60,000 people annually. Architecture for Humanity channels the resources of the global funding community to meaningful projects that make a difference locally. From conception to completion, they manage all aspects of the design and construction process. Clients include community groups, aid organizations, housing developers, government agencies, corporate divisions, and foundations.
For more information, please visit www.cca.qc.ca/system/files/47/original/cca_pr_sinclair_lecture_eng.pdf.