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Architecture for Humanity boss loses out to Gorillaz founder

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The British founder of the charity Architecture for Humanity has lost out to one of the creators of virtual band The Gorillaz in the Design Museum's Designer of the Year award.

The New York-based charity guru Cameron Sinclair was pipped to the prestigious prize by James Hewlett, who produced the images, storyboards and designs for the imaginary band.

Sinclair founded the charity - which now has a vibrant London chapter - in New York in 1999 in an attempt to develop design solutions for the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Kosovo.

After a slow, cash-strapped formative few years, Architecture for Humanity has come into its own over the past 24 months, with extraordinary projects under way - many in disaster areas.

Among the areas to have benefited recently were the Tsunami-hit zones of the Far East, earthquake-affected Kashmir and hurricane-struck New Orleans.

For more information on Architecture for Humanity, visit www.architectureforhumanity.org.

by Ed Dorrell

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