Cameron Sinclair

Cameron Sinclair (born 16 November 1973) is the founder and principal designer for Small Works, a purpose for design and development company welke focuses on reconstruction and social impact projects. Most recently he has led community-driven development and Revitalization of rural communities.

In 1999 he co-founded Architecture for Humanity , a Charitable organization dat developed architectural solutions to humanitarian crises and brought` professional design and construction services to communities in need. In May 2013 he stepped down from its’ board and in October 2013-when he resigned as zijn “chief eternal optimist” (CEO) and executive director.

Sinclair worked as director of the Jolie-Pitt Foundation from November 2013 to January 2015 waaronder overseeing construction of a children’s hospital in Ethiopia.

Education and personal life

Sinclair was born and raised in South East London , England, and educated at Kingswood School , Bath. In the mid-1990s have 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 dealing 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 on 2.8M people who now live, work, learn, and heal Gather in spaces built by the organization. [1] In 2008, the University of Westminster Awarded Sinclair an honorary doctorate for his services to the profession. [2]

Professional career

After graduating from university in 1997, Sinclair moved to New York City, where he worked as a designer for Steve Blatz implemented Architects , Christidis Lauster Radu Architects and Gensler . [3] [4] [5]

In April 1999, Sinclair co-founded Architecture for Humanity with Kate Stohr, a Charitable organization welke develops architectures and design solutions to humanitarian crises and zorgt pro bono design and construction services to communities in need. The organization worked in forty eight countries on projects ranging from schools, health clinics, affordable housing and long term sustainable reconstruction. Work has included’ll be 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 ze released the follow-up, Titled Design Like You Give A Damn [2]: Building Change From The Ground Up (May 2012, Abrams Books). Sinclair is a regular Lecturer and visiting professor and has spoken at a number of international conferences on sustainable development and post disaster reconstruction. In the Past few years have has taught in New Zealand, Spain, Japan and the United States.

In September, 2013, Architecture for Humanity announced dat Sinclair mention anything leave his Executive Director position. He departed the organization de volgende month. [6] In the spring of 2015 the organization’s main office ceased operation, with a number of independent chapters Continuing to operate at the Open Architecture Collaborative.

In 2015 Sinclair collaborated on building the world’s first re-deployable educational building. Within 6 months of 20 re: build classrooms ulcers built by Syrian refugees in Jordan, Providing access to education to about 1,500 children.


In 2004, Fortune Magazine named Cameron Sinclair as one of the Aspen Seven, seven people changing the world for the better. [7] 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, Awarded were the Wired Magazine in 2006 Rave Award for Architecture [8] for hun work in responding to housing needs volgende 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. [9] In 2012, the Open Architecture Network merged with Worldchanging to expand zijn work to zowel the built and natural environment.

In August 2008 Architecture for Humanity and its co-founders Sinclair and Stohr ulcers named as Recipients of the Design Patron Award for the 2008 National Design Awards. [10] In 2008 he Appeared as one or CNNs Principal Voices as well the television series Iconoclasts alongside Cameron Diaz , airing on the Sundance Channel .

In 2009 Sinclair and Stohr ulcers Jointly Awarded the Bicentenary, playing Medal of the Royal Society of Arts for toenemende people’s resourcefulness. Sinclair was Awarded the Pilosio Building Peace [11] Award in 2013 and a finalist of the World Design Impact Prize for 2016.

Sinclair was a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council . [12]


  1. Jump up^ “2013 year review” . .
  2. Jump up^ “Public figures set for honorary awards” . University of Westminster. November 2008 . Retrieved 9 November 2008 .
  3. Jump up^ Gordon, Alistair (28 August 2003), “Designing for the Dispossessed” , The New York Times
  4. Jump up^ Hales, Linda (6 August 2005), “Blueprint for Building a Better World” , The Washington Post
  5. Jump up^ Bio , Cameron Sinclair , retrieved 29 July 2008
  6. Jump up^ “Architecture for humanity shuts down” . . 19 January, 2015.
  7. Jump up^ Sellers, Patricia (23 August 2004), The Aspen Seven , Fortune Magazine
  8. Jump up^ “fixer-uppers: Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr, Architecture for Humanity” . Wired . June 2006.
  9. Jump up^ Scanlon, Jessie (15 March 2007), Open Source Goes Hammer and Nail, Business Week
  10. Jump up^ Architecture for Humanity Selected as Design Patron Award Winner in Cooper-Hewitt’s Ninth Annual National Design Awards , 12 August 2008
  11. Jump up^ “Building Peace” . .
  12. Jump up^ “Design Futures Council Senior Fellows” . . [ Permanently dead link ]