After 14 1/2 years of working for Architecture for Humanity I resigned in October 2013. Subsequent management decided to close the organization down in December 2014 and filed for bankruptcy in early 2015. Below is the original email Kate Stohr and I sent to our personal contact lists on Jan 16th 2015 after we found out about the closure via a reporter with the New York Times.
Thank you for designing like you give a damn.
We just heard the news via the media that Architecture for Humanity*, the organization we started more than 15 years ago, has pivoted its mission and is planning to close. We are deeply saddened by this.
Our hearts are with the staff and chapter members who worked so hard to build a wonderful organization that did so much for communities around the world. We made so many wonderful friends and will continue personally to support your work.
We ran the organization and grew it from just a small circle of volunteers to an international organization with chapters in 25 countries. For more than 10 years, together we led the movement to bring social design where it is needed most. We built award-winning buildings, ran innovative programs, personally raised more than $5 million in annual funding, year in and year out, and established more than five community design centers that set the standard for rebuilding after disaster.
We hope the profession will continue to design like a give damn--in whatever form that takes... And we urge the chapters to continue their much needed work.
Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr
Co-founders, Architecture for Humanity
*This refers to ONLY the US entity of Architecture for Humanity. Architecture for Humanity UK and other international entities are independent, established, financially stable, registered locally charities. As such, they are operationally unaffected by this news and AFH UK is excited to celebrate 10 years operations in 2015. Statement: UK board of trustees