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Architecture for Humanity co-founders step down

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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’.

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  • Cameron and Kate inspired me and the other founding trustees of what was AFH UK (now AFH London) to get involved and do our bit a decade ago. I have had the pleasure of meeting Cameron on several occasions and once stepped in to wholly insufficiently 'fill his shoes' when he could not give a talk at an event at the Design Museum. He is a great orator, has endless optimism and a passion for doing the right thing whatever it takes. Together Kate and Cameron have made a real difference not only to people's lives but also to the perception of what architects can do for the benefit of others. In the eyes of many they have made architects human again, and for many volunteers the balance that worthy work can bring to the commercial realities of a high pressured office yields many dividends. It is high time that their work was suitably recognised (MBE?, Cameron is English after all) and I am sure that they both will continue to have a positive influence for the greater good in whatever field they focus their efforts.

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