At the center of Architecture for Humanity's mission driven network are the local chapters. Currently 59 chapters in 16 countries across the globe are bringing design, construction and advocacy to underserved local communities. Chapters are run and composed of volunteer professionals from a diverse range of fields, from interior designers to layers. As local grass root representatives of the organization, chapters have the autonomy to execute projects, programs and events for their local communities.
Over the past decade, the Architecture for Humanity Chapter Network has been an emergent phenomenon. The network has grown and keeps growing untended and is galvanizing passionate professionals and community volunteers to redesign human spaces to improve their communities.
With over 10 years of experience some chapters have gained a strong foothold within their local communities acting a trusted resource for non-profit and community organizations. Younger chapters are excited to be growing the awareness and venue in their cities for designers and communities to engage one another. The central core of the chapters is to empower communities by engaging them with design as a tool to improve their lives.
- Local Chapters
- Chapter Guidelines
To find out more about activities around the network please take a closer look at our quarterly publication or see recent updates on events, projects and chapter development.
- Chapter Quarterly Publication
- Chapter Updates
To locate a local chapter near you or to find out more about how chapters function please follow the links below.
We will always work alongside communities to ensure that the voice of local stakeholders are heard. Through leading periodic discussions through the facilitation of events such as community charrettes, we will work together in creating a shared vision of the future. We will also engage our community parters through fundraising, building, and teaching.
Non-profit and community organizations often have projects to implement, such as a new building, a renovation, interior needs, signage planning or more. However they are not able to apply for funding without the appropriate schematic designs. If they contact their local chapter they will receive pro-bono design services so they may fundraise to realize their project enabling them to fulfill their mission. Then they may use the design for implementation.
Most designers at Architecture for Humanity love to build, chapters have been responsible for building projects from varied scales, from steel reinforced sandbag construction for classrooms to retrofitting municipal buses to function as mobile produce markets to parks and chicken coups. Designing and building with communities provides a great opportunity for the clients to a real ownership of their new space or improvement. CHapters have also been known to help fundraise for design build projects when the funding for materials is not available from the community partner.
Humanitarian design is still a growing movement, many chapters host events alongside their monthly chapter meetings. These events can range from Pecha Kucha style community presentations about humanitarian, sustainable, or resilient programs to lecture series, discussion panels, interdisciplinary hackathons, or participation in local and national conferences. Events are intended to create a space for local community members and organizations to find out more as well as to increase the knowledge of our activity within the design world.
Chapters have been known to help community clients with fundraising for specific projects, by hosting events, creating crow sourcing campaigns online or selling fake plastic mustaches at bars;) Architecture for Humanity volunteers are committed to the projects they choose to take on, funding is often not a stumbling block. Chapters have also held fundraisers contributing to disaster response work. Some chapters have annual fundraisers to support the operations of the organization enabling them to grow, these events range from holiday parties to birdhouse building events.