The Haiti Rebuilding Center

Related program: Haiti Rebuilding Center

The Haiti Rebuilding Center run by Architecture for Humanity works on long-term reconstruction projects in Haiti and coordinates the work with professionals, educational institutions and other organizations. The Rebuilding Center is a one-stop shop for design and construction services, professional training, consumer awareness, professional referrals and construction bid opportunities. Our long-term reconstruction plan outlines how the Center will transfer to local Haitian ownership and operation within five years.

The Rebuilding Center hosts a monthly meet n greet to encourage dialogue between the building trades and cultivate partnerships towards the future of Haiti. To learn more on our work, visit the project pages linked below, follow our updates and Twitter @afh_haiti.

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Haiti school initiative
SME Reconstruction
Bati Byen: Building Back Better
Design and construction services

Haiti School Initiative

The Haiti School Initiative is a grant-based program supporting the design and construction of 10 primary and secondary schools throughout Haiti. Designs emphasize hurricane and earthquake-resistant construction, localized passive cooling techniques and materials, participatory design and economic development. The initiative is largely supported by Students Rebuild, a program coordinating the philanthropic efforts of the world's youth.


  • Ecole Ceverine with Save the Children, outside Maissade, Artibonite. Rehabilitation and extension of a primary school for 257 students.
  • Ecole La Dignité, Cayes Jacmel, Sud. Two-classroom extension for the only free private school in the Jacmel area.
  • St. Louis de Gonzague chemimstry and physics building, Delmas 33, Port-au-Prince. The chemistry and physics building of the renown secondary school class required a complete structural overhaul.
  • Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger, phase 1 Montrouis. Reconstruction of eight classrooms for a school entirely compromised by the earthquake. New construction will support 450 students.

In construction

In Design

  • Ecole Nationale Republique d'Argentine, Phase 2, Bel Air, Port-au-Prince. Reconstruction of a primary school for 840 students. Phase 2 includes the construction of 4 classrooms, administration, kitchen, toilet block, multipurpose area and landscaping.
  • College Coeur Immacule de Marie, Phase 2 & 3, downtown, Port-au-Prince. The design program includes 16 classrooms, administrative space, an IT lab, a latrine building, volleyball court, and a pavilion, for 850 female students spanning grades 1-12.
  • College Mixte Le Bon Berger, Phase 2, Montrouis, north of Port-au-Prince. Building two new classrooms, a toilet-block and landscaping. In the first phase we build already 8 classrooms. There are 600 children in this school in the age of 2-17 years old.
  • École Elie Dubois Phase 2, Champ de Mars, Port-au-Prince. Historic downtown school for 350 young women, offering academic and professional training. Phase 2 includes the renovation of the historic classroom building

Civic arts for schools

    In partnership with Deutsche Bank and the Digicel Foundation, the Civic Arts for Schools program launched in 2011 to bring Haitian artists and their work to schoolyards around Haiti. 10 sites have been selected to receive a piece of art–artists will be selected in late 2011, with completion of work by Spring 2012.

School assessments

    Architecture for Humanity continues assessing structural integrity of school buildings. See the assessments page for more information.

About the construction phases.

Reconstruction of SMEs

The Rebuilding Center supports the long term recovery of small and medium enterprises by pursuing the reconstruction of economic corridors through the following:

  • mapping and documentation of economic corridors in cooperation with SMEs and reditors to understand the economic demand;
  • support the financing and reconstruction of SMEs and flagship projects within the economic corridors;
  • design services and green building;
  • vocational training.

The program will influence the professional and private lives of 30,000 people and contribute to economic development of Haiti by helping, over the span of three years, more than 5,000 Haitians get back into work.

Bati Byen: "Building Back Better"

The Rebuilding Center offers technical assistance and training for building owners and construction professionals.

Bati Byen page

    Bati Byen provides resources for Haitian design and construction professionals including training sessions and a professional directory.

Meetups, workshops and training

Construction manuals, technical reports and linguistic tools

  • Rebuilding 101 Manual - A concise, 32-page graphic manual outlining principal recommendations for seismic- and hurricane-resistant concrete construction.
  • "Transitional to What?" Report - This report examines 10 types of temporary shelters housing thousands of of Haitians around Port-au-Prince, Leogane, Papette and other towns. The report examines different attributes such as longevity and adaptability to permanence.
  • Linguistic tools - Page redirects to dictionaries and linguistic sites useful for facilitating translations between English, Creole and French.
  • Bamboo beyond words - A manual of best practice. Collaboration between Architecture for Humanity and Kleiwerks international to develop a preliminary manual, without words, on the use of bamboo for the purpose of construction.

Design and construction services

Community-developed planning

  • Santo Community Development Plan, near Léogâne - At the request of the Municipality of Léogâne, Habitat for Humanity and Architecture for Humanityare collaborating with a local population to create an urban infrastructural plan to establish a new population center. Local planning office SODADE facilitated the participation of the community and oversee design.
  • Villa Rosa and Saint Marie Community Action Plan, Turgeau, Port-au-Prince - A neighborhood with a history of unplanned development faced catastrophic damage in the earthquake and requires a community-organized strategy to build back better. As part of the Governments 16/6 neighbourhood improvement policy, and in collaboration with the Casec of Turgeau, Cordaid Haiti, Architecture for Humanity, Build Change, and other partners are working with the local community through the integrated approach in order to improve the neighbourhood and develop long term solutions for urban upgrading. Implementation is ongoing. As part of this process, the Villa Rosa: Initial Phase is a targeted area where physical improvements to housing, infrastructure, public space have been designed and built as part of a community driven process.
  • Simon Pele Community Action Plan, Delma, Port-au-Prince - The Simon Pele project is a collaboration between the Simon Pele Community, Habitat for Humanity, BMPAD and Architecture for Humanity. As part of Habitat for Humanity's mission to build back stronger and safer communities in Cite Soleil, Architecture for Humanity will develop a Community Action Plan based on the Integrated Neighborhood Approach.
  • Ile a Vache Community Action Plan - Architecture for Humanity has partnered with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to conduct Participatory Community Development as a first step in engaging Ile a Vache in the Southwest Department and creating a 10-year investment plan for this commune. This rural island community is located off of the Southern coast of Haiti. With a substantial population of approximately 14,000 inhabitants, it lags far behind in terms of access to basic services and necessities like clean drinking water, basic health care. Understanding priorities will be facilitated through an integrated neighborhood approach.

Save the Children

Digicel Group

    Accessible homes for Marie and Odeline, Port-au-Prince – Digicel asked Architecture for Humanity to develop handicap-accessible house designs for a couple households in Haiti's capital.

Medical Relief International (Merlin)

  • Caravelle Clinic, Caravelle, Port-au-Prince – Detailed phasing and construction plan prepared for a clinic retrofit, built in 2 months. COMPLETE
  • Turbe Clinic, Turbe, Port-au-Prince. COMPLETE

Clinton Bush Haiti Fund (CBHF)

  • At the request of CBHF the Rebuilding Center has conducted numerous building assessments across the country. Most notably we are working in partnership with the YCF Group on the design and construction of Atelier Modayiti, a modern textile studio producing fashion items and garments for domestic and international markets

J/P Haitian Relief Organization

  • Tent camp improvements, Pétionville Club, Port-au-Prince - Significant improvements to increase the durability and comfort of the temporary camp home to 50,000 displaced persons.
  • Klinik Kominote, Delmas 32 - Adaptive reuse of an existing residence into a medical clinic and model for safe reconstruction. COMPLETE
  • J/P HRO Hospital Platform - The clinic was in need of a platform in the interior for sanitary purposes and to avoid water run off going through the clinic. This project was accomplished with the help of the local work force and donated materials.
  • J/P 1 Urgent Care Facility - In order to properly transition the medical services currently offered in the Pétionville Camp into the surrounding neighborhoods, J/P HRO will relocate these health facilities into the Delmas 32 or 40B neighborhood. COMPLETE
  • École Bethesda - An existing two-story confined masonry school requires a second-floor renovation to add a classroom and provide an earthquake-resistant and weathertight enclosure for the school (and church). PHASE 1 COMPLETE
  • Kay Kominote - The repair of an existing building to house services that were previously provided by the Pétionville Camp Community Center.


    Haiti Rural Mapping Initiative - With a grant from the WK Kellogg Foundation, Architecture for Humanity will map 11 eleven communes across southern and central Haiti. These maps will contain basic geographic and political information which will be available as a resource for the country.


    Basketball court @ Pele - With funding from a Nike Gamechangers grant, École Baptiste Bon Berger, Pele will incorporate a basket ball court into this tight urban context on the outskirts of Cite Soleil.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Architecture for Humanity is working with a third party organization to conduct monitoring and evaluation of their projects in Haiti. Activities to include:

  • Funding for reconstruction
  • Haiti School initiative
  • Vocational training programs
  • Consumer education and training
  • Local economic development agency

In each of these activities, Architecture for Humanity will optimize design to improve safety and quality of life. The main objective of monitoring and evaluation is to measure the achievement of our established goals.

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We'd like to express our profound gratitude to those who've made our programs possible:

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