Earthquakes Dont Kill; Buildings Do: REBUILD HAITI

by Architecture for Humanity

École Nationale Republique d'Argentine

École Nationale Republique d'Argentine is a primary school in Port-au-Prince that served a student population of over 1300 students before the 2010 earthquake. Two of the major classroom blocks were destroyed by the earthquake, and their reconstruction is currently underway.

With the first phase of construction complete and the second one nearly done, the team is now working on the final finishes – an opening ceremony to celebrate this great achievement is scheduled for the end of October. The children will soon have access to a brand new cafeteria, an outdoor auditorium space, and three additional classrooms that are covered with a double-layered metal roof to offer well-ventilated spaces with plentiful natural light. All structures have been rebuilt using safe, anti-seismic construction methods.

This project has been funded with the support of the Clinton Foundation.


École Elie Dubois

Elie Dubois is an all-girls secondary school located on a one-hundred year-old campus. The historic buildings have been damaged during the earthquake, and the project aims to rebuild three new buildings for Phase 1, before renovating the main building for phase 2.

Phase 1 of the project, which includes a brand new cafeteria and three new classrooms, has been completed. The construction team is now working on the renovation of the historical classroom building, completely reconstructing the roof and the wooden framework. The completion of works is scheduled for December 2014.


Ile-a-Vache Community Action Plan 

During the past four years in (2011-2014), Architecture for Humanity’s community development efforts on the island of Ile-a-Vache were centered on a number of key aspects aimed at ensuring sustainable development and visitor experience: education, capacity building and training, and environmental conservation. A grant from the WK Kellogg Foundation was used to create and organize community development activities, which incorporated workshops and theatrical events. These included the design and implementation of a community action plan that is designated to help steer the community’s future development.

All activities were co-designed and developed with the help of the communities’ participation, ensuring that the activities and projected plan were truly appropriate in addressing the needs and problems that had been identified by local people. Architecture for Humanity’s Haiti office uses a two-pronged test with the community to be able to identify their specific needs. Firstly, we conduct a full diagnosis of the local area to see what the primary issues are, and secondly, we develop a strategic plan to develop long-term solutions for those identified issues. The Ile-a-Vache community action plan was completed and handed over to the community on August 18, 2014.

The community platform received the plan with great enthusiasm as it collects new data relative to their living area. They were also really satisfied as it was the first time that an NGO has actually delivered on its promises, delivering a tangible report to be used by the whole island’s community.


American Red Cross: Two Civil Society Organization Buildings

The architectural team in Haiti has started working on the design of two buildings for the American Red Cross. The two buildings will host different activities and will be in two separate locations: the first is southeast of downtown Port-au-Prince, in Carrefour Feuille; the second is in Canaan, north of Port-au-Prince. The programming phase is currently under way to determine the needs and goals of the users at each site.

We will be posting more updates on the emerging concepts and schematic designs for each building in the next few weeks and months.

Ecole Elie Dubois
Ecole Elie Dubois
Ile-a-Vache Community Action Plan
Ile-a-Vache Community Action Plan
American Red Cross: Two Civil Society Organization
American Red Cross: Two Civil Society Organization


Grand Ravine Landscape
Grand Ravine Landscape


This month, the Community Development Studio finished drafting the Grand Ravine Development Plan after months of hard work.

The Development Plan provides the vision of Grand Ravine formed through the collaborative design process with the community and through the development of strategic plans. These strategies are: providing an environmental protection policy, developing sustainable landuse prescriptives, and fostering social cohesion through improved access to basic services and housing, and increased community participation. By having worked so closely with the community to create the Development Plan, the members of Grand Ravine are enabled to take ownership of the development process so they may continue to improve their socio-spatial circumstances in the future.

On June 18th two of our architects, Christian Beaulieu and Marco Duran, presented the Grand Ravine Development Plan to CIAT (Comité Interministériel d'Aménagement du Territoire), the government agency charged with approving all the urban plans in Haiti. The document was approved without any objections, and received the congratulations of CIAT. Rose-May Guignard, a member of the committee, observed that this was the best planning document ever made in Haiti.

We are very proud of our Community Development team's commitment to excellence and talent. These wonderful people make the Rebuilding Center so well reputed and sought after by local and international players investing in Haiti's development.


Collège Coeur Immaculé de Marie (CIM)

Collège Coeur Immaculé de Marie (CIM) in downtown Port-au-Prince is rebuilding permanent facilities for 850 girls in grades 1-12. The school, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012, was completely destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. With support from the FIDEMA Foundation in Belgium, the new school will include 24 classrooms including science classrooms, a computer lab, a library and media room, new administrative spaces, a kitchen, new bathrooms, a large multi-purpose room, and dedicated sport courts and gardens. Phase 1, currently underway, involves the building of 9 new classrooms.


École Nationale Republique d'Argentine

École Nationale Republique d'Argentine is a primary school Port-au-Prince, which served a student population of over 1300 students before the 2010 earthquake. 2 of the major classroom blocks were destroyed by the earthquake, which have been repaired and new construction is currently underway.

The overall campus reconstruction is being administered in 2 phases, the first of which is already complete. Phase 2 constructions, including 3 classrooms, an administration building, cafeteria, playground, and sanitary block, is being built on the original foundation of the school and is expected to be completed in Fall 2014.

The project is being funded by the Clinton Foundation.

École Elie Dubois

Phase 1 for École Elie Dubois, which involved developing the master plan for the kitchen, cafeteria, and sanitary block including an on the ground bio-digester have already been successfully completed.

The Haiti Rebuilding Center will start construction administration as soon as two contractors hired by Fonds dAssistance Economique et Sociale (FAES) are selected. The construction will include renovations for the historical classroom building, upgrades to the site, and a full basement renovation and a restaurant for the new culinary school at École Elie Dubois.


HIGHLIGHT: Participation in Forum Urbain National (FUN) 2014Christian Beaulieu, planner with Architecture for Humanity, leads a site visit in Villa Rosa, Haiti

On Monday March 10th the Architecture For Humanity Haiti planning team participated in the first national urban forum held in Haiti, Forum Urbain National (FUN) 2014 initiated by CIAT. This Forum follows the Urban Regional Forums of the Greater South and of the Greater North, which took place earlier this year with participants from the major players in urban development: policy makers, professionals, private sector, urban operators, academic sector, voluntary sector and citizens.

At the national level, the goal of this event was to acknowledge that the country now has a majority of its population living in cities, and to establish a vision and a shared understanding of urban issues to then lay the groundwork for a unified policy for Haiti.

Architecture for Humanity lead the "FUN" group through the Villa Rosa Project for the "rehabilitation urbaine" site visit, which started at the Canape-Vert entry point of the neighborhood and continued on to several priority areas that were outlined by the community in our action plan and executed by UNOPS (See map of guided visit). Participants in this visit consisted of everyone from professional architects and planners to NGO representatives (GRETT and CONCERN) to students of the "University of Quisqueya" and the "Faculte des Sciences."

The “rehabilitation urbaine” site visit lasted about an hour and CIAT was very pleased with the way in which it was conducted. The Forum Urbain National is set to continue for the week of March 10th to march 17th with several planned activities (site visits, conferences, and technical workshops), please see this link for a schedule of the Forum.



New: Grand Ravine Leadership Program

The Architecture for Humanity Grand Ravine Team is initiating a program in the schools to reach out and inspire the future leaders of communities. We are working with each of the eight Grand Ravine schools targeting ten year old students who in 30 years will be the community leaders. By planting the seeds of community planning concepts and emphasizing the essential role individuals play in forming the future, capacity is grown within for more sustainable neighborhoods.


École Nationale Republique d’Argentine

With phase 1 completed, the ground-breaking ceremony for phase 2 took place on Friday, March 21. A scope for 3 additional classrooms and landscape will be added to the project, and we will be meeting with the Clinton Foundation on March 24. The work is projected to be completed within the Argentine Phase 2 schedule.



Atelier Mod'Ayiti

A few meetings were held recently to determine a number of small works that needed to be executed. CHAPE and YCF finally reached an agreement for executing the remaining work. A summary of tasks and action items for each partner was discussed at BID offices. We are developing an added services proposal out this week in order to move forward with the newly set scope.


École Baptiste Bon Berger, Pele

The toilet building at École Baptiste Bon Berger in Pele was recently painted with yellow and blue - colors chosen by the school. With this, the building is complete! We will soon be collaborating with Give Love to provide technical support and training for the management of the composting system implemented in this project.



College Immacule de Marie 2

Architecture for Humanity met with the contractor, YCF to check on the progress of construction with their work on CIM1, where a temporary staircase was installed on site while the main staircase undergoes construction. After some negotiation with YCF, it was decided that a portion of the scope for CIM1 will be completed for the contractor that we select for the CIM2. Bids for CIM2 were received and interviews have been conducted.


École Elie Dubois Phase 2

FAES is negotiating with two contractors; one for the structural portion of the project, and one for the renovation of the school. We are also currently negotiating with FAES in regards to our future engagement with the project. World Central Kitchen recently made a visit from the US with photographers and journalists to the site with an intent to implement a culinary school in the basement of the renovated building and to create a restaurant and public area in the existing garden. Following their visit, WCK met with the secretary of tourism to discuss their project.


NEXT MEET & GREET Movie Night: "Making the Modern" Join us on Friday, March 28, at 6 p.m. at the Haiti Rebuilding Center located at 12 Rue Rebecca, Petion Ville


Development Manager - Haiti Rebuilding Center


Find out more about our Haiti Reconstruction Program here.

Architecture for Humanity staff
Architecture for Humanity staff

The Resiliency Studios

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Haiti is proactive about resiliency

Designing for a more resilient world! 

On November 7th Architecture for Humanity held its 4th annual Design like You Give a Danm live Forum in San Francisco at the headquarters. Two members from each office around the world were invited to attend and discuss designing for a more resilient world. This was the first time that members from three offices -- Haiti, Japan, and New York City -- were together.  Christian Beaulieu and Sven Kalim represented the Haiti office in an open mic discussion respectively on “Capacity Building on the Island of Ile à Vache” and “Construction Issues and Lessons Learned in Haiti”. Thursday November 7th, the opening night reception was held at the Jewish Museum in San Francisco where the Vision Award was presented to Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr  by the Curry Stone Design Prize. The main event was held at the Autodesk Galleries; the Rockefeller Foundation’s managing director Micheal Berkowitz gave the key note address on 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge. This event was a great Forum for the architectural community, as more devastating natural disasters are changing the landscape of our world.  The design decisions that inform our built environment must tackle issues of resiliency in a more proactive manner.                 

  • Bidding documents were issued  for the construction of College Coeur Immaculé de Marie Phase 2
  • Bidding documents are being prepared for the Construction of Ecole République d’Argentine Phase 2 for release on December 20th, 2013.
  • FAES is actively reviewing the construction bids, which were received on September 30th, 2013 for the renovation of the historic classroom building   at Ecole Elie Dubois 

Ravine Trou Rosemond "upgraded"

Ravine Upgrading in Villa Rosa

This project targets a damaged ravine known as “le trou rosemond” in the slum of Villa Rosa, Port-au-Prince. Originally this ravine served as a waste dumping site for the residents of various bordering neighborhoods such as Cite Mericain and Balanyen. Residents of Villa Rosa identified this ravine as a priority project for the health hazard and sanitation problems it presented for the residents. Architecture for Humanity engaged the community through a participative process to help them formalize their needs. UNOPS as an implementing partner, was able to complete the project through the 16/6 program. Residents can now enjoy a safe passage way for relaxation, play and community gatherings.

 Social Enterprise Rebuild                    Globally 

Architecture for Humanity Welcomes Rebuild Globally November 29th at 6:00pm in our office in Petion Ville

Organizations all over the world struggle with the question of "transition". After an intervention, what does the future hold for the communities that were on the receiving end? What does sustainability really look like, and when can an organization say: time's up? Rebuild Globally, a social enterprise established in Haiti since 2010, will help us think about those questions and come up with answers to frame our perspective on the matter. Join us for an exciting evening. Refreshments will be served

November 15th, 2013
Designer Christian Beaulieu attended a conference in Miami with funder Kellogg Foundation on Poverty and Democracy in Latin America.

November 22nd, 2013
The Group Dalsan, Haiti representatives of the brand HILTI met with our team to present on best usage of different types anchors when using concrete. 

December 2nd, 2013

 Planning Studio Director Nancy Doran will participate  on a panel at the Kellogg Foundation Grantees Conference to be held at Indigo.

December 3rd, 2013  is the 100th year anniversary of the founding of Ecole Elie Dubois. The Congregation is holding a religious ceremony at the St Louis de Gonzague Chapel in downtown Port-au-Prince at 8:30 am to commemorate the event. All are welcomed.

December 13th, 2013
NEXT Meet & Greet:  Pechakucha. Email for registration. Spaces are limited; registration is a on a first come first serve basis.  Register early to guarantee a chance to present your pictures. 


Architecture for Humanity presents its sincere condolences to the friends and family of Engineer-Architect Hervé Dejean. We are deeply saddened by the news of his tragic and premature passing. This is an immeasurable lost to Haiti's Architecture Community. 



Project Phase %Complete

College C.I.M (Phase 1) - Construction Administration - 95%

Clinique Mme JOA - Construction Administration - 100%

College Mixte Le Bon Berger, Montrouis (Phase 2) - Construction Administration - 99%

Ecole Elie Dubois (Phase 2) Bidding and Negotiation - 90%

Ile a Vache, Community Action Plan - Diagnostic Complete - 100%

Grand-Ravine, Community Action Plan - Diagnostic - 90%

Mod Ayiti Workshop - Construction Administration - 70%

Ecole Nationale Republique d'Argentine (Perimeter wall Phase 2)  Construction Administration - 80%

Ecole Bon Berger, Pele (W.C Building) - Construction Administration - 100%

Haiti Property Law Working Group - Vol.2 Draft 1 - 100%

Marché de Croix des Bouquets - CDs - 90%


The following are highlights of the work by the Haiti Rebuilding Center in the month of July:

• Phase 2 of Argentine School launches
• Elie Dubois school works toward its historic renovation and equipment for a new world-class culinary program
• Support secured for Haiti Land Transaction Manual, Volume 2
• A look back at the impact of the Economic Development studio

Phase 2 Launches at Argentine School

On July 31, the second of three phases retrofitting and expanding a 2000-student public school in the heart of Port-au-Prince launched. This next step in the project starts after the much delayed closing of an IDP camp on the school's campus. Argentine Phase 1, remediation of the existing one story classroom building, was completed in March 2013; we were able to "co-habitate" with the camp dwellers occupying most of the school yard.

Phase 2 continues rehabilitation of the site, including repair and reconstruction of the perimeter wall, demolition and removal of the remaining damaged buildings, and site cleanup. This work will continue for about six weeks.

We are working with the Organization for International Migration (OIM) to coordinate shared infrastructure with an 80-family housing project under way on the northern portion of the school site.

Phase 3, the "new construction" phase of the school, will follow.

Continuing Support for Ecole Elie Dubois

Representatives from ARGOS, the majority owner of Cimenterie Nationale d'Haiti (CINA) visited Elie Dubois on June 19, and reiterated their interest to continue funding the completion of the school project.

Architecture For Humanity-Haiti reconvened on site with the team of designers and chefs of World Central Kitchen who plans to design and implement a comprehensive curriculum for culinary arts for the schools' professional program. They also plan to design and provide a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen for the school.

We are working closely with this group to integrate this teaching kitchen into the renovation of the historic building. We are so excited to have World Central kitchen as a new partner for École Elie Dubois.

Volume 1

Haiti Land Transaction Manual, Vol. 2

This month has been very exciting for the Land Tenure policy program. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity and with funds from the Digicel Foundation, Architecture for Humanity has officially initiated work on the second Haiti Land Transaction Manual.

This second manual will focus on the rights and obligations of property owners and occupants in situations of informal or unclear tenure. Towards achieving this body of work, we've partnered with the Faculty of Law of the University of Quisqueya, where a team of professors and students are providing indispensable research on the relevant laws and legal procedures.

This program is proceeding with the support of the Haitian Government through both UCLBP (Unité de Construction des Logements et Bâtiments Publics) and PACEGI (Presidential Advisory Committee for Economic Growth and Investment).


  • The Grand-Ravine community development project has begun in Martissant
  • The ground floor slab was poured at College Mixte Le Bon Berger, Montrouis in Phase 2 of construction

Economic Development Studio Impact

The Economic Development arm of Architecture for Humanity's program in Haiti is drawing to a close. This ambitious program, which began in March 2010, was funded for 36 months and closed on April 30, 2013. The important achievements of this program include:

  • Creation of a large data base of six economic corridors in and around Port-au-Prince, with special emphasis on the downtown area.
  • Creation of alliances with three of the major banks in Haiti for loan programs.
  • Establishment of means and methods for an ongoing loan program linked to a growing base of vetted small businesses and local banking partners.
  • Identification and analysis of over 140 small business owners who have submitted documents to the small business loan program.
  • Provision of assistance to potential loan clients in the preparation of the proper loan application documents, weekly training sessions on business development and best practices with the loan clients, and continuous follow up and support throughout the loan application process.
  • Promotion of innovative business models and forging alliances with Haitian government sponsors
  • Laying the groundwork for the creation of a Small-Medium-Enterprise Servicing Unit (SME/SU)
  • Establishment of a business based curriculum that has been implemented in-house with over 40 participating small business owners.
  • Creation of a vibrant and rigorous internship program with INAGHEI, bringing young business school students into the workplace and mentoring them in best business practices.

We would like to thank our many collaborators and potential partners for their efforts over the past three years, and wish them every success. Given the paramount importance of private sector involvement in the long term reconstruction of Haiti we sincerely hope that these activities will continue, and that a robust financing sector will emerge over the coming years to become a driving force of the Haitian economy.

Architecture for Humanity, Haiti, will continue our core work in architecture and planning by building on our proven strengths. We will search out new opportunities for rebuilding Haiti by engaging communities, planning neighborhoods, designing and constructing buildings, training Haitians in the building trades, and supporting local economic growth.

Architecture for Humanity, Haiti, is dedicated to supporting the well-being of the Haitian people. We are here for the long term.

Project Tracking

Project - Phase - %Complete

Clinique Madame Joa - Construction Admin. - 100%
Collège C.I.M. - Construction Admin. - 70%
Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger (Phase 2) - Construction Admin. - 30%
Mod Ayiti Workshop - Construction Admin. - 30%
École Elie Dubois (Phase 2) - Construction Docs - 100%
Île à Vache Community Development - Diagnostic - 80%
Grand-Ravine, Martissant - Diagnostic - 02%
École Nationale République d'Argentine (PHASE 2) - CONTRACT - SIGNED
Ecole Bon Berger, Pele (W.C Buildings) - CONTRACT - SIGNED
Haiti Property Law Working Group - CONTRACT - SIGNED

For a complete list of Architecture for Humanity Haiti projects, visit the Haiti Rebuilding Center page.


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