Program Brief: Architecture for Humanity

Responsible Unit
Architecture for Humanity, Minnesota Chapter

Type of Work
Design assistance as part of a collaborative team with individuals from various experience levels. Actual tasks vary according to a community's greatest need and in the past have ranged from fundraising for a photography studio in New Orleans to participation in a charette for a post tsunami Sri Lankan community center.

Description
Local architects, landscape architects, planners, and students collaborate to promote architectural design solutions to global, social and humanitarian crises. Recently the group partnered with a local cultural organization that seeked design improvements for its community facility. A four hour long charette provided interaction between the designers and community members and resulted in drawings and renderings that will be used by the organization to apply for funding and grants.

Geographic Scope
Local, national, and global

Website
http://www.afh-mn.org

Eligibility
Anyone who is interested is encouraged to attend AFH meetings and become more involved, including local design students, faculty and professionals. AFH MN is always looking for people who need assistance. Organizations that AFH MN works with are typically nonprofit and community based.

Duration
Varies

Community Partners, Participants, and Clients
Past projects assisted tsunami relief efforts through local organizations Pan Asian Tsunami Healing (PATH) and Minnesota Sri Lankan Friendship Foundation (MNSLFF), assisted local community organization Lao America, and contributed to hurricane Katrina and Rita relief in the Gulf Coast region of the United States.