Design Opportunities

We are eager to provide opportunities to participate in our work, however, from time to time, we have a particular role to fill. Please see below for a listing of specific opportunities to volunteer, provide pro bono design services, as well as a listing of current design fellowships.

Volunteer: Architecture for Humanity HQ

We are always in need of volunteers and support in our main office in San Francisco. Please contact us at volunteer@architectureforhumanity.org if you are interested. We need help from those inside the profession and those in many other fields. Students, interns, established professionals welcome. Please include a little about your background, availability and interests.

Additionally, if you are a design professional and are interested in getting involved by giving pro bono design services to a community group or client in need in your area, sign-up to offer design services.

AIA/USGBC Fellowship: Sustainable Architect, Haiti

Architecture for Humanity, in partnership with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is seeking its next Sustainability Design Fellow to participate in the Haiti Earthquake Recovery.

The full-time position is based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The candidate must be a licensed architect and full member of the AIA, as well as a LEED accredited professional. The AIA/USGBC Sustainability Design Fellow position, currently held by Stacey McMahan, AIA, LEED AP, plays a critical role within the Architecture for Humanity Haiti team, providing not only targeted strategies on sustainability and its role in recovery, but overall leadership to the Haiti studio. The Sustainability Design Fellow is expected to carry this leadership outside the studio as well, and be a resource for partners, students, and contractors seeking more sustainable strategies for Haiti. Architecture for Humanity has established an office of 15 professionals and 10 support staff in Port au Prince, Haiti, following the devastating 2010 earthquake. Our design professionals are working at designing and building both schools and small businesses, as well as conducting a wide variety of training, capacity building and outreach services. The Sustainability Design Fellow will be act as both a manager and a design leader within the studio.

The Sustainability Design Fellow will be required to liaise with partner NGOs and community partners, as well as represent Architecture for Humanity, the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council at various conferences and forums.

Requirements of the position are:

  • Be a licensed architect in the United States.
  • Be a full member of the AIA.
  • Be a LEED accredited professional.
  • Have a minimum of 10 years of experience in the professional practice of architecture, covering all phases of design and construction.
  • Have significant supervisory experience
  • Have a valid passport and be able to freely travel between the U.S. and Haiti.
  • International travel live/work/experience is desired but not required.
  • Proficiency in French language is desired, but not required.
  • Must be comfortable speaking on behalf of Architecture for Humanity and its funders to the media and at other public events.

Duties:

  • Engage the community, funding partner and clients at all stages of the design process
  • Assist with site selection
  • Provide tools and training for safe and sustainable construction to mitigate seismic and hurricane activities.
  • Produce schematic designs and design development drawings
  • Identify and work with local architects, engineers, consultants and programmatic staff, increasing local professional capacity through training and assistance
  • Provide some construction administration including managing bidding processes as necessary and overseeing work done by contractors and sub-contractors
  • Provide administrative sup[port for invoicing, cost reporting, meeting coordination and other tasks
  • Make timely reports to clients, partners and funders on the progress of the project as required.
  • Document project progress on the Open Architecture Network.
  • Keep Architecture for Humanity informed of any issues that arise at any point during the process
  • Work diplomatically with all partners and keep partners informed of the progress of the project on a regular basis.
  • Represent the best interests of Architecture for Humanity and its funders.

Commitment:

The Sustainable Design Fellow will live and work in Port-au-Prince, Haiti for a minimum of 12 months. Travel within Haiti is expected.

Design Fellow: 日本

Location: 宮城県仙台市近辺

Start Date: 2011年の夏~冬

Type:設計フェロー

このプログラムについて:

Architecture for Humanityでは、日本の地震被災地でコミュニティ再建プロジェクトのため、地元パートナーや地域のグループと共に働いていただける設計フェローを募集しています。この仕事では、日本語と英語の両言語による協働とコミュニケーションが大変必要となります。これは、設計士やソーシャル・イノベーターを目指す方々にとって、国際的な環境で地元のコミュニティ、パートナー、国際的な建築家たちと一緒に働く現場体験のまたとない機会を提供します.

仕事の内容:

  • 設計プロセスの全段階で、コミュニティ、資金提供者、クライアントのとりまとめ
  • 図面や基本設計図での作業
  • 建築予定施設の実施設計図作成や認可取得の支援
  • 必要であれば入札プロセスの管理も含めた建設作業の監督と、請負業者や下請け業者の作業監督
  • コミュニティの社会的・経済的発展のため、事業コンポーネントをパートナーとともに設計、実行
  • 必要に応じて、プロジェクトの進捗状況をクライアント、パートナー、資金提供者に適時報告
  • 画像や動画を使い、コミュニティと協力してプロセスをすべて記録

必要な経験とスキル:

候補者の条件(すべての条件を満たす方のみご応募ください):

  • 英語と日本語に堪能
  • 設計、設計図の開発に多くの経験がある(勤務経験5年以上、一級建築士有資格者優遇)
  • コミュニティ施設建設の監督に多くの経験がある
  • グラフィックスキル、コミュニケーションスキルに秀でている
  • 創造的でやる気があり、勤勉で明るい人

コミットメント:
設計フェローは、9~12ヶ月間、宮城県仙台市近辺で居住・勤務することになります。日本国内で出張があると思われます.

Football for Hope Design Fellow: Africa

Location: Africa

Start Date: Mid – Late 2011

Type: Design Fellow

Program Background:

Architecture for Humanity is seeking a Design Fellow who will work on the design and construction of community and sports facilities in Africa as part of the Football for Hope Program. The centers will act as hubs for programs that tackle social issues in the community. This is a great opportunity for an emerging designer to work with a local community, partners, and architects on projects with international exposure.

Responsibilities:

  • Engage the community, center host and partners in the joint venture at all stages of the design process.
  • Work on schematic and design development drawings.
  • Help produce construction documents and permit sets for the proposed facilities.
  • Provide construction oversight, in partnership with the local architect of record and consultants, including involvement in the bidding process as necessary and overseeing work done by contractors and sub-contractors.
  • Make timely reports to partners and funders on the progress of the project as required.

Experience and skills:

Candidate Qualifications (Please only apply if you meet all requirements):

  • is fluent in English and the local languages where the project is based
  • 5 years professional experience (post professional academic degree) with construction administration experience
  • is experienced in design, and the development of architectural working drawings
  • has strong graphics and communication skills
  • is creative, engaging, hardworking and fun
  • experience in construction of community facilities is a plus
  • experience in Africa is a plus

Commitment:

14+ months. The design fellow will live and work in Cape Town, South Africa for the first half of their assignment and in the African nation where the project is located for the remainder. Travel within Africa is expected. Please note that the center may be located on a remote rural site, depending upon the project, and the candidate should feel comfortable living and working in such an environment.

Haiti Design Fellow: Architecture

Location: Port-au-Prince

Start Date: June 15, 2011

Type: Design Fellow

Program Background:

Architecture for Humanity is seeking a Design Fellow who will work on the design and construction of various architecture projects with the Architecture for Humanity Haiti team. This is a great opportunity for an emerging designer to work with a local community, partners, and architects on projects with international exposure.

Responsibilities:

  • Engage the community, funding partner and clients at all stages of the design process
  • Assist with site selection
  • Provide tools and training for safe and sustainable construction to mitigate seismic and hurricane activities.
  • Produce schematic designs and design development drawings
  • Identify and work with local architects, engineers, consultants and programmatic staff, increasing local professional capacity through training and assistance
  • Provide some construction administration including managing bidding processes as necessary and overseeing work done by contractors and sub-contractors
  • Provide administrative sup[port for invoicing, cost reporting, meeting coordination and other tasks
  • Make timely reports to clients, partners and funders on the progress of the project as required.
  • Document project progress on the Open Architecture Network.
  • Keep Architecture for Humanity informed of any issues that arise at any point during the process
  • Work diplomatically with all partners and keep partners informed of the progress of the project on a regular basis.
  • Represent the best interests of Architecture for Humanity and its funders.

Experience and skills:

Candidate Qualifications (Please only apply if you meet all requirements):

  • is fluent in French and English (knowledge of Creole a plus)
  • is experienced in design, and the development of architectural working drawings
  • has strong graphics and communication skills
  • is creative, engaging, hardworking and fun
  • experience in construction oversight of community facilities is a plus
  • experience in Haiti is a plus

Commitment:

12 months. The design fellow will live and work in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, alongside the larger Haiti team. Travel within Haiti is expected.

Design Fellow: Urban Planner

Location: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Description: Architecture for Humanity is seeking an urban community planner to be based in Haiti for a year and address a wide range of urban design and community planning initiatives. As the country grapples with the needs of post-disaster reconstruction challenges, the framework of planning is paramount to the successful implementation of a concerted effort to improve the quality of life for all Haitians. The organization is committed to adding a professional with these necessary skills to complement its current architectural focus with the goal of ensuring the medium- and long-term success of community building. Critical to this endeavor is the assistance of a creative and innovative urban community planner to identify problems and provide immediate and effective solutions. The Design Fellow will engage in diverse activities including regional master planning, small area development plans, urban design, disaster & flood mitigation and prevention, community outreach & participatory design, and inter-agency/organization collaborative development. This candidate will live and work with the Architecture for Humanity Port Au Prince office.

Scope of Work:

The Design Fellow will:

  • Work and develop community partnerships in implementing projects from concept and design phase through construction.
  • Liaise with local Haitian agencies and the Government of Haiti and other NGOs on the ground.
  • Learn, understand and implement local regulations and bye-laws as required.
  • Provide necessary oversight and urban planning expertise to Architecture for Humanity projects in Haiti as required.
  • Work with the design team and volunteers at the Rebuilding Center in Port-au-Prince.
  • The Design Fellow will report to the Regional Program Manager

Experience and skills:

The ideal candidate would have:

  • Master in Urban and Regional Planning or equivalent
  • Academic Training and Experience in Settlement Design and Land-Use Planning
  • Five or more years of work experience
  • Five years prior experience working in developing countries
  • Prior experience working in disaster zones and with vulnerable and displaced populations
  • In situ experience with government agencies and foreign aid agencies
  • A range of demonstrated ability from state level diplomacy to grassroots participatory planning
  • Knowledge of French and/or Haitian Creole
  • A work ethic that is flexible and easily adaptable

Commitment: The candidate is required to live and work in Port-au-Prince, Haiti for a minimum of 12 months
Start Date: Immediate

Volunteer: Data Entry

Location: San Francisco

Description:
Not afraid of rolling up your sleeves and seeing the inner workings of a non-profit organization? Architecture for Humanity is seeking a detail-oriented volunteer to assist the development team in our headquarters with data entry, donation tracking and sending books, such as Design Like You Give a Damn.

Experience and skills:

The ideal candidate will be dedicated, reliable, and an enthusiastic self-starter. Our office environment is relaxed yet hard-working…and fun! Salesforce experience and familiarity with Mac OS platform a plus.

Time commitment: A minimum time commitment of 2 days per week for 4-6 months is desired. Start date: ASAP

Volunteer in Haiti

Location: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Start Date: On-Going

Description:

The Rebuilding Center in Port-au-Prince is looking for architects, engineers and builders who can donate at least 2 months to helping design and construct schools in Haiti, and assist in our Haitian professional outreach program. Volunteers stay at our Maison and work out of our office in Pétionville, and will be expected to do anything from schematic designs and CDs to materials research, documentation, site reports and more.

 

 

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