“Do what you can with what you have where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt
Considering recent questions on the purpose of project “Architect Unseen,” I respond with this. All that remains undone is overwhelming and the path, at times, seems insurmountable. However, if one can break down a big idea into manageable projects, it is possible.
The project launch is a focus on fundraising for a volunteer trip to El Salvador. The purpose of this trip is to learn firsthand from a successful recovery program in a country similar to Haiti in climate and geography. With hopes to bring home an understanding of what it takes to empower people with the knowledge to help themselves, I hope to apply this locally and globally – especially in Haiti.
My advice, be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.
Following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, I asked – “What can I do to help?” Closely connected to Key West, I traveled south to help pick up garbage from the shorelines. Neither scientist nor marine biologist, the feeling of helplessness was overwhelming. On returning home, I asked the question a little differently, “What can I do as an architect to help?” I searched for architecture volunteer programs and sent a few emails. The next day, Rachel Minnery, co-founder of Architects Without Borders Seattle, asks if I would like to talk with her about an upcoming Haiti relief trip. Three weeks later, I am on an airplane to Miami to meet 11 architects and engineers and travel on to Petit Goave, Haiti.
It was the beginning of this journey and a fitting introduction to this project, Architect Unseen.
Visiting and working with people from other cultures provides an opportunity to learn more about one’s own. Now certified as a disaster assistance – safety assessment program trainer, it is time to start training. Exposed to the worst case situation in Haiti, it is time to find a way to prevent it. With your help, project Architect Unseen will continue to evolve and find ways to help people.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story.