Architect For Humanity
Cameron Sinclair is building an open-source solution to the world's architectural problems.
He may be trained as an architect, but his resume reads more like Mother Teresa's than Frank Gehry's. "My official job title is Eternal Optimist," says Cameron Sinclair, the co-founder and executive director of Architecture for Humanity. Since 1999, the organization has provided architectural solutions for global humanitarian crises, engaging the creative skills of more than 7,000 architects and designers worldwide.Sinclair, 33, is one of a new breed of visionary humanitarian, and the effects of his project are proving to be more far reaching than the structures themselves, shifting the trajectory of architecture toward a more collaborative and socially conscious process. "We're changing the dynamic of what it means to be an architect," says Sinclair in a distinguished-sounding British accent. "If you strip away all the ego in architecture … all we do is provide shelter. And if you can't do that, you can't call yourself an architect."
|The real motive: to design with pride, not pity.|