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Architects sought for international aid projects

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Architects for Aid (A4A) has issued an urgent call to action asking for experienced architects to offer their expertise in Pakistan and South East Asia.

Architects with expertise in seismic reinforcing techniques are needed in northern Pakistan, following last year's earthquake in Kashmir.

Their knowledge is needed to help build permanent housing desperately needed in the region.

A spokeswoman for A4A said: 'The architects will need to train local workmen, masons and carpenters, as well as the beneficiaries themselves, to enable them to be actively involved in putting seismically safe buildings together.'

Basic two-bedroom single-storey houses will be designed and, following this, consultancy on the designs of a hospital and a school building is required.

A statement said: 'These are vital projects that need to be started quickly, as construction will start in late January.'

A4A is also searching for a project manager to run a project in a paid, permanent role in East Timor in South East Asia.

The project is to run a scheme for the East Timor Ministry of Health, supervising a team of architects from an Australian practice.

The job will also require the management of three district hospitals currently being constructed.

'The designs have been produced by a local consultant based on other hospitals but preliminary assessments show the work needs great improvement,' the spokeswoman said.

The role offers a salary of £60,000 over a two-year contract.

For more information, please email

Victoria.harris@hotmail.comor

Victoria-harris@a-4-a.org.

by Richard Vaughan

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