Our Services

Architecture for Humanity provides professional design services to community groups, non-governmental organizations, funding agents, social entrepreneurs and other not-for-profit organizations.

Using design as a tool, we empower our partners to build a more sustainable future.

Focus Areas

Disaster Mitigation and Reconstruction

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Poverty alleviation

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Design innovation for at-risk populations

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Addressing climate change through sustainable design

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Design and Construction Services

  • Needs assessment /site analysis
  • Community-based design process
  • Capital campaign and marketing materials
  • Holistic design and green building practices
  • Contract documents/ bid/tender process
  • Construction oversight
  • Post-occupancy analysis
Development Services

  • Program development and administration
  • Creation of community design centers
  • Local labor & skills training
  • Risk and liability management
  • Assessment of financing models
  • Coordination of stakeholders
  • Identification and development of financing tools and models

Sustainable Design

Buildings not only have a physical footprint – they have an ethical footprint.

For us sustainability is about more than building green. We think about how a building will affect the environment, how it will improve the lives and livelihoods of its occupants, and its impact on future generations, including its vulnerability to disaster.

Above (left to right): Recycled clay bean curd pots provide sound attenuation in a community center in Lunawa, Sri Lanka by Design Fellow Susi Jane Platt. Community members earn income by building transitional schools by Design Fellow Jason Anderson in the wake of the Tsunami. Diagonally laid subflooring in a house designed by MC2 Architects for a family displaced by Hurricane Katrina provides lateral strength to protect the house from future hurricanes.

Knowledge Sharing

What is the value of innovative design if it isn’t shared?

We believe that sustainable design solutions and resources should be accessible to all. To help design professionals share their knowledge we created the Open Architecture Network. The Open Architecture Network is an online community developed by Architecture for Humanity to provide open source access to design solutions. Learn more about the Open Architecture Network


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