After co-founding and working for 14 1/2 years for Architecture for Humanity I resigned in October 2013 (after stepping down from the board in May 2013). Senior management and board of directors decided to close the organization down in early 2015. Below is the original email Kate Stohr and I sent to our personal contacts on Jan 16th 2015 after we were informed about the closure via a New York Times reporter. In early 2018 both Kate Stohr and I were both dismissed from the subsequent bankruptcy case that followed the closure of the organization.
On April 6, 2019 Architecture for Humanity, now the Open Architecture Collaborative, will celebrate 20 years of giving a damn.
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 were operationally unaffected by this news and AFH UK is celebrated 10 years operations in 2015. Since 2016 the organization re-emerged as the Open Architecture Collaborative, with chapters all over the world.