London-born and British-trained Cameron Sinclair, 32, who founded the charity Architecture for Humanity in 1999, has been nominated for the Design Museum's £25,000 Designer of the Year award.
He is on the shortlist with cartoonist Jamie Hewlitt, co-founder of 'virtual pop group' Gorillaz, furniture designer Tom Dixon and the team from the Guardiannewspaper that spearheaded its recent redesign.
Sinclair trained at the University of Westminster and the Bartlett, where he developed an interest in social, cultural and humanitarian design. He then moved to the United States to work for New York architects Steve Blatz and Lauster Radu, followed by Gensler.
Architecture for Humanity has been behind the construction of schools, medical clinics and community centres in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and the Pakistan earthquake.
Sinclair's work will go on display at the Design Museum from 4 March to 18 June. People can vote on the Designer of the Year website at www.designmuseum.orgbefore the winner is announced in May.