Pro-poor architect with a mission

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Today’s Washington Post profiles Cameron Sinclair, the 'Bob Geldof of architecture', eternal optimist and executive director of Architecture for Humanity.

A visible advocate of design for the dispossessed. His bigger challenge is figuring out how to make a living as a humanitarian. There's no salary for being the conscience of design… He offers a passionate argument, smartly articulated, that a better-designed structure will function more effectively, providing people with more dignity, without adding significantly to the cost.

His approach gives emphasis to providing water, shelter and education for the world’s poorest – especially those emerging from crisis. The idea being that the innovation of private sector architects can build better homes for displaced refugees than donor agencies. Sounds logical enough.

(Thanks to WorldChanging for the pointer)

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