Earthquakes Dont Kill; Buildings Do: REBUILD HAITI

by Architecture for Humanity
Jul 10, 2013

Haiti, June 2013: New projects & progress

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Concern Worldwide, with the support of the European Union, has partnered with Architecture for Humanity Haiti on a very ambitious neighborhood upgrading project. Architecture for Humanity will engage the community of Grand-Ravine in a participatory planning process to implement development strategies, reconstruction and urban planning in this challenging community.  The residents of this self-governed slum are vulnerable to inclement weather, high crime rates and lack of proper infrastructure. Haiti has entered its rainy season which makes life in Grand-Ravine very difficult. Constant flooding of the ravine [which in normal time serves as the main thoroughfare connecting the various neighborhoods] limits accessibility of the residents.  For the next 10 months, our team will be meeting with the community leaders to devise and implement a plan that will help reinforce the fabric of the community and help the residents voice and prioritize their collective needs.  



Rendering of CIM Sanitary Block

Sustainable Sanitary Blocks at College CIM-An Ecological Choice
The final design for the new Toilet block was presented to the school Director and Teachers in June.  The new building will include 16 toilet stalls, and integrate an independent and sustainable sanitation system.

Contracts are signed    with the school director and the construction firm Design Action

College Mixte Le bon Berger Montrouis phase 2

On June 5th, the school principal, Mr. D'Or signed the contract for the construction works with Mr. Duverna  from the construction firm Design Action. The second phase will be completed by August 31, 2013 just in time to welcome the students on September 2nd 2013. Design Action started demolition work on June 3rd, 2013. The firm who successfully built the first phase building was selected after a competitive bid process.

Christian Beaulieu conducting market surveys on Ile a Vache

Participatory Community Development on Ile a Vache 

In collaboration with the Community, Architecture for Humanity has identified key development sectors such as education, community cohesion and health, in which we will focus our efforts towards implementing quick win projects.  These projects are taking the form of sustainable sanitation systems, clean water strategies and improved access.    


June 4, 2013

We welcomed Architecture Students from FAARM/Bowling Green State University. They made a stop at our office to learn a bit from our Senior Architect Fleur Messer about rebuilding in the Haitian context. The students spent 3 weeks in Haiti visiting different sites and projects.

June 14, 2013

PechaKucha was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. The Haiti office held its first Pechakucha on Friday June 14th, 2013 at our regular open office meeting. Five members of our staff took part in showcasing their slides according to the rules of the game: 20 pictures /20 seconds per slide. 

Brett Ferguson, our Architect on Ecole Republique d’Argentine  presented on Vancouver. Sven Kalim, Architect on the CIM School, showcased his pictures from China and Christian Beaulieu, Architect and urban planner working on Ile a Vache, explored his new passion for agriculture. Rickie Siegel and Nazanin Merehgan, Urban Planners presented on innovative slum upgrading and redevelopment examples from Latin America: Medellín, Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro, and Caracas. This first event was well received by the audience of architects and friends and we plan to continue this initiative. We will send out a call for entry at our next event. 

June 20-22, 2013

Architecture for Humanity Co-founder Cameron Sinclair was one of the keynote speakers at the national American Institute for Architects (AIA) convention held in Denver Colorado. He spoke long about our projects in Haiti in front of 16,000 architects. Eric Cesal featured Haiti on a panel called “Architecture for Humanity and Public Architecture: Leaders in the Social Impact Design Movement" at the AIA Convention.

July 3, 2013

Architecture for Humanity, Catholic Relief Services and Concern will participate in the Kick-off Partner’s meeting for the Community Development of Grand-Ravine

July 12, 2013

Architecture for Humanity Haiti monthly Meet and Greet. We welcome Adriana Navaro Sertich from UNOPS 16/6 projects. Adriana will explore the concept of FAVELA CHIC--a comparative analysis on current slum upgrading strategies


  • The Haiti Rebuilding center bids farewell to Brett Ferguson and Stephane Charles. We wish them well in their future endeavors.  We welcome Raphael Sabbat to the IT department.
  •  The planning team was invited by the Kellogg foundation to present at the CIAT (Comité Interministériel d’Aménagement du Territoire) on the community participatory process in Ile a Vache. It was a great platform to learn about the different projects funded by the Foundation in Haiti. 


Project - Phase - %Complete  

College C.I.M CA 30%
Clinique Mme JOA
CA 100%
College Mixte Le Bon Berger(Phase 2) CA 5%
Ecole Elie Dubois (Phase 2)
CDs 100%
Ile a Vache Community Development Diagnostic 60%
Grand-Ravine, Martissant Contract Signed Mod Ayiti Workshop CA 20%
Ecole Nationale Republique d'Argentine
CA 33%
Ecole Bon Berger, Pele
B+N 50%
Children's Academy
CA 100%


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Cameron Sinclair
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