Architecture for Humanity co-founders step down
Co-founders of the humanitarian architecture organisation Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr have announced they are to leave
Sinclair, who set up the San Francisco based non-profit organisation fifteen years ago, will leave his executive director position to focus on his personal design and community development work in April 2014.
Stohr will leave at the end of September to return to work in television production.
Stohr said: ‘It’s great to see something you started evolve into an institution. We are excited about the future of the organization and plan to continue lending support in whatever ways we can’.
Since launching, the organisation has spread its reach through 63 regional chapters across the world, including a network of more than 75,000 architects.
Architecture for Humanity was founded by Sinclair, an architectural designer, and Stohr, a journalist and TV producer, in response to a need for refugee housing after the war in Kosovo. The non-profit organisation now manages all aspects of the building process, from design to implementation providing shelter in areas of need.
Before departing Architecture for Humanity Sinclair will launch the founders’ fund, which hopes to raise $1.5 million dollars for future and existing projects before Architecture for Humanity’s fifteenth anniversary.
Architecture for Humanity has announced it will begin an international search for a new executive director at the end of the month.
Matt Charney, board president, said ‘Kate and Cameron’s vision and years of dedication and hard work leaves the organization in a solid place to continue its leadership role in using architecture to solve humanitarian problems. They have built a world-class team of staff and volunteers committed to improving communities —both around the globe and in the US. I speak for the entire board of directors when I say we are extremely excited by the possibilities in front of us’.