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Established in 2006 as ‘Architects for Aid’, the name was changed to Article 25 in 2008, making reference to the principle of the 25th Article of the UNs Universal Declaration of Human Rights that safe and adequate shelter is a fundamental human right. Caught up in the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004, Maxwell Hutchinson recognised the potential impact the built environment could have on saving lives and minimising future impact of natural disasters. It has grown to accommodate a board of seven distinguished trustees’, nine permanent staff, around 35 volunteers, ten professional partner organisations, and around 700 student members.
Article 25’s projects range from one-off building projects for community-based organisations to large master planning projects for international organisations, including technical consultancy services for NGOs who have little access to vital design expertise. It has consulted with government organisations, NGOs and relief organisations on reconstruction projects including latrine blocks and schools in Haiti, earthquake resistant homes in Pakistan, and a new media centre in Port Harcourt. Some of the completed projects include an award-winning earthquake resistant housing programme in Northern Pakistan with Muslim Aid, and an award-nominated school for street children in Goa, India, with El Shaddai Street Child Rescue. The charity has tendered over 50 projects in 20 countries across five continents.