Trained as an architect, Cameron Sinclair has worked in every major natural disaster over the two decades. From post conflict reconstruction in Kosovo to community led building in Haiti, Sinclair has been developing and building shelters for communities in 49 countries and has raised over $50M for humanitarian activities. As co-founder and executive director of Architecture for Humanity he built schools, health clinics, affordable housing and developed sustainable reconstruction and development projects.
He is a strong advocate in the power of design as a catalyst for social and economic change. Sinclair compiled a number of best selling books, is a visiting professor to a number of universities and holds an honorary doctorate of Architecture. Sinclair was a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, an advisor at USAID and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. As recipient of many awards, Sinclair won the TED prize, the National Design Award and a runner-up for UK Designer of the Year.
He is based in Sausalito, California and in his spare time is co-developing Hawkeye, an intentional community and a sound therapy lab on a small mountain adjacent to Joshua Tree national park.
Kouki Mojadidi is a licensed Architect and an alumni of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Practicing architecture since 2000 in New York City and Afghanistan, every project, for Kouki, explores a conceptual thinking process that’s essential for implementing socially conscious projects in areas of conflict, natural disaster, and reconstruction. She has led complex design projects through all phases of development, from concept to implementation to create an inclusive architectural practice aiming to bridge implementing partners, specialist and builders with the community. For Kouki, socially conscious design is taking architecture beyond objectification; recognizing architecture to be more than a static physical reality. She implements projects that not only to strive for exceptional design and construction but endeavors to strengthen the weakened threads of architectural practice pivotal to the fabric of society.
She has worked as Chief Architect for the Emergency Development and Infrastructure Department Program at the International Organization of Migration in Afghanistan, Ms. Mojadidi established, designed, and implemented over $40M of donor-funded projects focusing on community stabilization within post-conflict Afghanistan. In 2013, she consulted for AFD (French Agency for Development), providing post-construction quality control for a series of medical clinics to ensure design and execution met international building standards while increasing local capacity.
She joins Small Works from UNESCO, where she spearheaded and managed the first-of-its-kind, socially conscious, International design competition for a Cultural Center in Bamiyan Province near the UNESCO World Heritage Site.