There is another side to architecture, much less glamorous and perhaps a bit more hazardous, I call “architectunseen.” Architects working in public service and volunteering to help rebuild and improve our communities.
An Architects Without Borders post earthquake relief trip to in Haiti in 2010 shifted my perspective significantly. After returning from this work, I began to explore the different roles for architects in public service and disaster response.
The launch of project “Architect Unseen” began with my fundraising project for a Habitat for Humanity volunteer trip building homes for families in El Salvador. Today, it serves as a platform for research and discussion on this important role for architects.
The ultimate goal for this discussion is to learn firsthand from successful programs and bring home an understanding of what it takes to empower people, locally and globally, with the knowledge to help themselves.
I invite you to follow my “daily posts archive” and share in the conversation about this unseen side of architecture. (Daily posts are listed on the right side)
A little more history……
After returning from the 2010 Haiti post earthquake response work, I completed an SAP (Safety Assessment Program) Trainer course via the CA Emergency Management ATC-20 and ATC-45 program and became the WI AIA State Disaster Assistance Coordinator.
In September 2015 I will join forces with Namaste Nepal on a rebuilding programme to help families recover from the April and May 2015 earthquakes.
Thank you for your support of project “architect unseen”, a campaign that will bring awareness to the unseen side of architecture where architects are using their skills to build stronger communities.
Questions and posts are welcome – please join in the conversation!