Sinclair in 2011
16 November 1973 |
|Awards||TED Prize; National Design Award; Aspen Seven|
|Projects||Open Architecture Network; Architecture for Humanity; Worldchanging; Design Like You Give A Damn|
Cameron Sinclair (born 16 November 1973) is the founder and principal designer for Small Works, a social impact design and development company which focuses on post-conflict reconstruction and for purpose projects.
He is known for being the co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, a charitable organization that developed architectural solutions to humanitarian crises and brought professional design and construction services to communities in need. From April 1999 to October 2013 he served as its executive director and "chief eternal optimist"(CEO).
In August 2013 he took over all assets associated with Worldchanging.
Education and personal life
Sinclair was born and raised in South East London, England, and educated at Kingswood School, Bath. In the mid-1990s he trained as an architect at the University of Westminster and The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Having developed an interest in social, cultural and humanitarian design, his postgraduate thesis focused on providing shelter to New York's homeless through sustainable, transitional housing. This thesis served as the basis for starting Architecture for Humanity. Architecture for Humanity was co-founded by Sinclair in 1999 and grew to include 90,000 design professionals, 5 regional offices around the globe and 70 independent city-based chapters. During his tenure over 2.8M people who now live, work, learn, gather and heal in spaces built by the organization. In 2008, the University of Westminster awarded Sinclair an honorary doctorate for his services to the profession.
In April 1999, Sinclair co-founded Architecture for Humanity with Kate Stohr, a charitable organization which develops architecture and design solutions to humanitarian crises, and provides pro bono design and construction services to communities in need. The organization worked in forty eight countries on projects ranging from school, health clinics, affordable housing and long term sustainable reconstruction. Work has also included rebuilding after the 2011 Tsunami in Japan, 2010 earthquakes in Haiti, Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 South Asia Tsunami.
In 2006, Sinclair and Stohr published a compendium on socially conscious design, titled Design Like You Give A Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises (May 2006, Metropolis Books). In 2012 they released the follow-up, titled Design Like You Give A Damn : Building Change From The Ground Up (May 2012, Abrams Books).
Sinclair is a regular lecturer and visiting professor and has contributed to a number of exhibitions dealing with social justice and design. He has spoken at a number of international conferences on sustainable development and post disaster reconstruction. In the past few years he has taught in New Zealand, Spain, Japan and the United States.
In September, 2013, Architecture for Humanity announced that Sinclair would leave his Executive Director position. He departed the organization the following month. In the spring of 2015 the organization's main office ceased operation, with a number of independent chapters continuing to operate.
In 2004, Fortune Magazine named Cameron Sinclair as one of the Aspen Seven, seven people changing the world for the better. He was the recipient of the 2006 TED Prize and the 2005 RISD/Target Emerging Designer of the Year. Along with co-founder Kate Stohr, was awarded the Wired Magazine 2006 Rave Award for Architecture for their work in responding to housing needs following Hurricane Katrina.
As a result of the TED Prize he and Stohr launched the Open Architecture Network, the worlds' first open source community dedicated to improving living conditions through innovative and sustainable design. In 2012 the Open Architecture Network merged with Worldchanging to expand its work to both the built and natural environment.
In August 2008 Architecture for Humanity and its co-founders Sinclair and Stohr were named as recipients of the Design Patron Award for the 2008 National Design Awards. In 2008 he appeared as one of CNNs Principal Voices as well the television series Iconoclasts alongside Cameron Diaz, airing on the Sundance Channel.
In 2009 Sinclair and Stohr were jointly awarded the Bicentenary Medal of the Royal Society of Arts for increasing people's resourcefulness. In 2013 Sinclair was awarded the Pilosio Building Peace award.
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- "Public figures set for honorary awards". University of Westminster. November 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2008.
- Gordon, Alistair (28 August 2003), "Designing for the Dispossessed", The New York Times
- Hales, Linda (6 August 2005), "Blueprint for Building a Better World", The Washington Post
- Bio, Cameron Sinclair, retrieved 29 July 2008
- "Architecture for humanity shuts down". fastcodesign.com. 19 January 2015.
- Sellers, Patricia (23 August 2004), The Aspen Seven, Fortune Magazine
- "Fixer-Uppers: Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr, Architecture for Humanity". Wired. June 2006.
- Scanlon, Jessie (15 March 2007), Open-Source Goes Hammer and Nail, BusinessWeek
- Architecture for Humanity Selected as Design Patron Award Winner in Cooper-Hewitt's Ninth Annual National Design Awards, 12 August 2008
- "Building Peace". premio.pilosio.com.
- "Design Futures Council Senior Fellows". di.net.
- Official website
- Cameron Sinclair at TED
- Pragmatic Experimentation: An interview with Cameron Sinclair
- Interview on CNET
- Wired Science Interview
- British Council for School Environments World Learning Conference Keynote: Cameron Sinclair, Design Like you Give a Damn (video)
- Cameron Sinclair interview