Executive Director of Open Architecture Collaborative responds to lawsuit against Architecture for Humanity
Whatever the outcome, we will learn from their actions. I am confident that those who committed wrongdoing will be held accountable, and that any malfeasance will come to light. I am also confident that the final story will adequately celebrate all the good that AFH did.
Garrett Jacobs, executive director of the Open Architecture Collaborative, responded to the $3M lawsuit against AFH via a statement on medium, taking care to make clear as crystal the fact that while OAC grew out of AFH, it is "unequivocally an independent organization, a California LLC and Public... View full entry
Make it Rain: sorting through the complex world of architecture fee structures, plus Architecture for Humanity's $3M lawsuit, on Archinect Sessions #72
This week on the podcast, Julia Ingalls joins us to discuss the byzantine considerations behind how architects charge for work, and shares some helpful guidelines from her recent piece about how residential architecture fee rates are determined.We also dip into the recent $3M lawsuit against... View full entry
Architecture for Humanity is being sued for $3M for mismanaging funds
The founders and board members of Architecture for Humanity (AFH), the influential and accoladed non-profit organization, is being sued for $3M for alleged mismanagement of funds, according to an exclusive report published by Architectural Record. The report helps shed light on the circumstances... View full entry
Introducing Open Architecture Collaborative, the rebranded offshoot of Architecture for Humanity affiliates
After Architecture for Humanity closed in 2015, affiliate Chapter Network took its place, appointing Garrett Jacobs as its leader (with whom Archinect had the opportunity to speak with on its podcast). Now, the Chapter Network organization is formally rebranding itself as the Open Architecture... View full entry
Architecture for Humanity's Next Chapter: Garrett Jacobs, executive director of AFH-offshoot the Chapter Network, on One-to-One #11
This week's guest is Garrett Jacobs, executive director of the phoenix rising from Architecture for Humanity's ashes, known as the Chapter Network. When Architecture for Humanity went bankrupt last year and shut down its formal, executive functions, many affiliated chapters continued business as... View full entry
"How the Sausage Is Made" – All the recent news that's fit to podcast, on Archinect Sessions #50
For our 50th (!!!) episode, we discuss the biggest news items from the last week – everything from the latest BIG and DS+R shake-ups to a surprisingly controversial Seattle homeless shelter – and it's been a doozy. We take a look at:The "sphincter from which digital art issues" (according to... View full entry
Architecture for Humanity spin-off, Chapter Network, appoints Garrett Jacobs exec director
Although Architecture for Humanity officially closed in 2015, a new international, volunteer organization that was affiliated with AFH called The Chapter Network is following in AFH's sustainable-development footsteps, and has chosen Garrett Jacobs as its executive director. Jacobs attended Tulane... View full entry
Anatomy of a non-profit: dissecting Architecture for Humanity's "death" and future
This case study looks at the origins of, and factors that led to, the “death” of the best-known humanitarian architecture organization in the world.
However, it will also reveal that AFH is regenerating via its worldwide network of chapters, which it had begun developing around 2004, and which gathered more formally under the name Architecture for Humanity Chapter Network upon AFH’s closure.
To get caught up on Architecture for Humanity's history as a non-profit:Architecture for Humanity begins crowdsourced rebranding campaignArchitecture for Humanity to file for bankruptcyArchitecture for Humanity to shut downCameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr, co-founders of Architecture for Humanity... View full entry
Architecture for Humanity begins crowdsourced rebranding campaign
Nine months after abruptly shutting down and filing for bankruptcy, Architecture for Humanity has begun a campaign in efforts to rebrand itself as a "collectively defined, collaboratively run, and inclusive" non-profit. Launched Tuesday, the AFH Chapter Network is gathering opinions and ideas... View full entry
Architecture for Humanity to file for bankruptcy
In a letter to "the countless volunteers, supporters, design fellows, and former staff of Architecture for Humanity", Board Chair Matt Charney announced that the organization will file for bankruptcy this week. AfH closed somewhat abruptly this past January. Charney's letter states:I thank you... View full entry
Ep. 13 Archinect Sessions "Elizabeth Timme Gives No F*cks"
At first we thought we could cram all of this week's amazing podcast content in under one hour. That dream was not to be, but we decided to give no f*cks, in honor of our guest Elizabeth Timme. The tenacious and game-changing Timme spoke with Donna and Amelia (with the appropriate amount of f*cks)... View full entry
The sky is falling! Weekly News Round-Up for January 12, 2015
Friday, January 16:Architecture for Humanity to shut down: The San Francisco HQ has laid off all employees and will file for bankruptcy, however it's unclear how this will affect operations of the many national/international AfH outposts that function through volunteers.Work at Manhattan's... View full entry
Architecture for Humanity to shut down
We've just heard from Cameron Sinclair, co-founder and ex-director of Architecture for Humanity, that the organization has "pivoted its mission and is planning to close".According to John King at the SF Chronicle, "While there has been no official announcement of the organization’s demise, all... View full entry
See For Yourself
it is clear that the scale of damage is unprecedented, with approximately 13 percent of the housing stock affected, five percent of the housing stock is uninhabitable – an estimated 18,000 housing units have been either destroyed or severely damaged.
This on top of a shortage of 71,000 housing units before the Israeli attack.
— THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
This is a real challenge for architecture. I urge Architecture for Humanity to directly involve and bring this crisis into their working platform, producing ideas of reconstruction. View full entry
New "DEAD PRIZE" launched by Cameron Sinclair
In the past decade we have seen an explosion of honors and awards for the most innovative and forward thinking solutions. Yet no one recognizes the projects that have caused harm to the environment - designs that are helping shorten our existence on this planet. This is why we created the DEAD prize. Let's recognize the bad, honor the failures and hopefully do something to rectify these designs against humanity.
— The Dead Prize
The Dead Prize may be the first ever anti-prize in architecture. Launched by Cameron Sinclair, the Executive Director of the Jolie-Pitt Foundation and co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, Dead Prize opened its nominations today for architecture that has caused remarkable environmental harm... View full entry