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For the Scottish composer, see Cameron Sinclair (composer).
Cameron Sinclair
Cameron sinclair cropped 2011.jpg
Sinclair in 2011
Born (1973-11-16) 16 November 1973 (age 41)
London, England
Nationality United Kingdom
Occupation Architect
Awards TED Prize; National Design Award; Aspen Seven
Projects Open Architecture Network; Architecture for Humanity; Worldchanging; Design Like You Give A Damn

Cameron Sinclair (born 16 November 1973) is a co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, a charitable organisation that sought architectural solutions to humanitarian crises and brings professional design and construction services to communities in need. From April 1999 to October 2013 he served as its executive director and "chief eternal optimist" (CEO).

In December 2013 he took over all assets associated with Worldchanging. Sinclair is executive director for the Jolie-Pitt Foundation. Additionally he runs an international design collective called The Department of Small Works, which focuses on post-conflict development and social impact projects.

Education and personal life[edit]

Sinclair was born and raised in South East London, England, and educated at Kingswood School, Bath. In the mid-1990s he trained as an architect at the University of Westminster and The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Having developed an interest in social, cultural and humanitarian design, his postgraduate thesis focused on providing shelter to New York's homeless through sustainable, transitional housing. This thesis served as the basis for starting Architecture for Humanity. Architecture for Humanity was co-founded by Sinclair in 1999 and grew to include 90,000 design professionals, 5 regional offices around the globe and 70 independent city-based chapters. During his tenure over 2.8M people who now live, work, learn, gather and heal in spaces built by the organization.[1] In 2008, the University of Westminster awarded Sinclair an honorary doctorate for his services to the profession.[2]

Professional career[edit]

After graduating from university in 1997, Sinclair moved to New York City, where he worked as a designer for Steve Blatz Architects, Christidis Lauster Radu Architects and Gensler.[3][4][5]

In April 1999, Sinclair co-founded Architecture for Humanity with Kate Stohr, a charitable organization which develops architecture and design solutions to humanitarian crises, and provides pro bono design and construction services to communities in need. The organization worked in forty eight countries on projects ranging from school, health clinics, affordable housing and long term sustainable reconstruction. Work has also included rebuilding after the 2011 Tsunami in Japan, 2010 earthquakes in Haiti, Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 South Asia Tsunami.

In 2006, Sinclair and Stohr published a compendium on socially conscious design, titled Design Like You Give A Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises (May 2006, Metropolis Books). In 2012 they released the follow-up, titled Design Like You Give A Damn [2]: Building Change From The Ground Up (May 2012, Abrams Books).

Sinclair is a regular lecturer and visiting professor and has contributed to a number of exhibitions dealing with social justice and design. He has spoken at a number of international conferences on sustainable development and post disaster reconstruction. In the past few years he has taught in New Zealand, Spain, Japan and the United States.

In September, 2013, Architecture for Humanity announced that Sinclair would leave his Executive Director position. He departed the organization the following month.[6]

Awards[edit]

In 2004, Fortune Magazine named Cameron Sinclair as one of the Aspen Seven, seven people changing the world for the better.[7] He was the recipient of the 2006 TED Prize and the 2005 RISD/Target Emerging Designer of the Year. Along with co-founder Kate Stohr, was awarded the Wired Magazine 2006 Rave Award for Architecture[8] for their work in responding to housing needs following Hurricane Katrina.

As a result of the TED Prize he and Stohr launched the Open Architecture Network, the worlds' first open source community dedicated to improving living conditions through innovative and sustainable design.[9] In 2012 the Open Architecture Network merged with Worldchanging to expand its work to both the built and natural environment.

In August 2008 Architecture for Humanity and its co-founders Sinclair and Stohr were named as recipients of the Design Patron Award for the 2008 National Design Awards.[10] In 2008 he appeared as one of CNNs Principal Voices as well the television series Iconoclasts alongside Cameron Diaz, airing on the Sundance Channel.

In 2009 Sinclair and Stohr were jointly awarded the Bicentenary Medal of the Royal Society of Arts for increasing people's resourcefulness. In 2013 Sinclair was awarded the Pilosio Building Peace[11] award.

Sinclair was a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.architectureforhumanity.org/blog/12-30-2013/2013-year-review.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Public figures set for honorary awards". University of Westminster. November 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2008. 
  3. ^ Gordon, Alistair (28 August 2003), "Designing for the Dispossessed", The New York Times 
  4. ^ Hales, Linda (6 August 2005), "Blueprint for Building a Better World", The Washington Post 
  5. ^ Bio, Cameron Sinclair, retrieved 29 July 2008 
  6. ^ fastcodesign.com. 19 January 2015 http://www.fastcodesign.com/3041103/fast-feed/architecture-for-humanity-shuts-down.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Sellers, Patricia (23 August 2004), The Aspen Seven, Fortune Magazine 
  8. ^ "Fixer-Uppers: Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr, Architecture for Humanity". Wired. June 2006. 
  9. ^ Scanlon, Jessie (15 March 2007), Open-Source Goes Hammer and Nail, BusinessWeek 
  10. ^ Architecture for Humanity Selected as Design Patron Award Winner in Cooper-Hewitt's Ninth Annual National Design Awards, 12 August 2008 
  11. ^ "Building Peace". premio.pilosio.com. 
  12. ^ "Design Futures Council Senior Fellows". di.net. 

External links[edit]


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The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph
Tue, 14 Jul 2015 23:49:39 -0700

MEET the peninsula's very own selfie stick surfer who is leading the way in a phenomenon sweeping our coast. Cameron Sinclair, who has been bodyboarding all his life, said he had noticed a growing trend on our beaches of people documenting their ocean ...

GOOD Magazine

GOOD Magazine
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:44:48 -0700

Although the structures can be used for other purposes, including hospitals and housing, the Pilosio Building Peace Organization and two architects (Cameron Sinclair and Pouya Khazaeli) decided that they would experiment with building two schools, and ...

Staff Newsletter

Staff Newsletter
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 01:37:30 -0700

ECCLESHALL were thwarted by the rain as they searched for victory away at lowly Endon. Having won the toss and chosen to bowl, Cameron Sinclair saw his men reduce the hosts to 20-3 before the first rain shower interrupted the home side's innings, ...

Co.Exist

Co.Exist
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:33:45 -0700

Cameron Sinclair, founder of the design firm Small Works and the former head of Architecture for Humanity, says the project started with a simple question: "Can we create a re-deployable structure that could be assembled by unskilled labor with only ...

Digital Trends

Digital Trends
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:52:30 -0700

Architects Cameron Sinclair and Pouya Khazaeli worked with Save the Children, Relief International, and Pilosio Building Peace to construct a building made of scaffolding; gravel, sand, or stones; and a roof that has solar panels. What makes the ...

OCRegister

OCRegister
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:07:13 -0800

Cameron Sinclair, professor emeritus and former vice president of academic affairs at Chapman University, died on Feb. 13 at 84 years old. COURTESY OF CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY. Chapman University has announced the death of professor emeritus and ...

Staff Newsletter

Staff Newsletter
Tue, 21 Jul 2015 00:41:47 -0700

ECCLESHALL extended their unbeaten run to five games after chasing down 242 to win away at Leycett. Cameron Sinclair's men were invited to bowl, and struck an early blow as Yasser Tariq (6-92) removed opener David Speakman. Off-spinner Jordan ...

Stoke Sentinel

Stoke Sentinel
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 00:07:30 -0700

And when skipper Cameron Sinclair was the ninth wicket to fall with the total on 121, all eyes were on whether Coughlan could deliver. He did – and in some style – as he farmed the strike with number 11 Matthew Buttery for company, before launching a ...
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