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Our Team

At the heart of Architecture for Humanity is a core group of people who have generously donated their time and efforts to support the organizations growth and operations. With advocates around the world, Architecture for Humanity is truly becoming a global organization that encourages designers to make a difference.


Staff | Board of Directors | Design Fellows | Volunteers | Consulting Partners

Staff

Natassia Academia: Accounting Manager (Learn more)
Brian Baer: Program Coordinator (Learn more)
Eric Cesal: Director, Reconstruction & Resiliency Studio (Learn more)
Jacob Ehrenberg: Program Development Manager (Learn more)
Gina Fontes: Communications Associate
Audrey Galo: Program Coordinator (Learn more)
Darren Gill: Regional Program Manager (Learn more)
Kris Jong: Project Accountant (Learn more)
Delphine Luboz: Program Coordinator (Learn more)
Jennifer Ly: Development & Event Coordinator (Learn more)
Alix Ogilvie: Program Manager(Learn more)
Yuko Okamura: Studio Coordinator(Learn more)
Jason Olson: Office Manager (Learn more)
Michael Steiner: Program Manager (Learn more)
Hiromi Tabei: Program Coordinator (Learn more)
Mark Warren, AIA: Program Coordinator (Learn more)
Frederika Zipp: Operations Director (Learn more)

Haiti Rebuilding Center

For a complete list of Rebuilding Center staff, please visit the Haiti Staff page

Board of Directors

Board Chair:
Matt Charney

Board Members:
Phoebe Campbell
Paul Gabie
Clark Manus
Scott Mattoon
Toshiko Mori
Margaret Gould Stewart
Yutaka Takiura

General Counsel:
Jenner & Block LLP

Past Chairs:
Niama Jacobs

Past Board Members
Clifford Curry
Niama Jacobs
Taylor Milsal
Narry Singh
Kate Stohr

Partners

Nathaniel Corum, Educational Outreach Partner (Learn more)
Garrett Jacobs, Chapter Network Liaison
Diana Bianchini, Di Moda Public Relations (Learn more)

2014 Design Fellows

Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan: Yoichi Wakabayashi, Akinobu Yoshikawa, Miku Kano, Kayo Andrews, Kayoko Sakamoto
Education Outreach, International Design Studios: Nathaniel Corum
New York + New Jersey: Gail Gambarini
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa: Preshanta Vandeyar
Cape Verde: Ana Ramos
Iringa, Tanzania: Rogerio Costa
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe:Ofer Barpal
Addis Adaba, Ethiopia:Matthew Hughes
Bujumbura, Burundi:Elena Ghibaudo

View full design fellow bios

Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Frederique Siegel | Haiti Staff page

Staff Profiles

Natassia Academia, Accounting Manager

Natassia joined Architecture for Humanity in November of 2010. She has a finance background, with experience in project accounting for a San Francisco based advertising agency and loans analysis in the mortgage-lending field. She has also served as a volunteer for Urban Table, a nonprofit group which connects local farmers to urban communities. She graduated with a B.A. from CSU East Bay and currently pursuing CPA accreditation.

Brian Baer

Brian comes to Architecture for Humanity with over 25 years of sustainable, community-aided design solutions for educational, cultural, civic and non-governmental agency projects across the United States. Combining his versatile leadership and managerial skills, Brian has collaborated with a wide variety of constituencies to bring consensus and success to the design and building process. He is licensed in several states and is a LEED accredited professional and certified by NCARB.

He received his architecture degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. After practicing in DC, Seattle and Boston, he returned to his native New York some years ago as a seasoned professional. Currently he is managing the school component of the overall Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction program in New York City.

Eric Cesal, Director, Reconstruction & Resiliency Studio

Eric is a designer, builder, analyst and writer. A native of Washington, D.C., Eric completed his undergraduate studies at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and achieved a Masters in Architecture, a Masters in Construction Management and an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) from Washington University in St. Louis. In between he practiced in Washington, D.C., working primarily on educational and institutional projects.

Eric first joined Architecture for Humanity in 2006 as a volunteer in Biloxi, Mississippi. He followed up that work the following year with another stint in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans, Louisiana, before joining Architecture for Humanity full time in 2010.

After the Haiti Earthquake, Eric became the Regional Program Director for Architecture for Humanity's Haiti Rebuilding Center. In 2012, Eric became the Director of the Reconstruction and Resiliency Studio.

"I love architecture because it never runs out of possibilities."

Jacob Ehrenberg, Program Development Manager

Jacob joined Architecture for Humanity in 2012, bringing an academic background in applied design and plant and soil science and a lifelong interest in how humans interact with their environment. He has an excellent eye for detail and is passionate about art and science and the interaction of the two. Prior to his work here, Jacob spent more than a decade managing large scale, site-specific art installations in the U.S. and around the world.

Audrey Galo, Program Coordinator

Audrey completed a undergraduate degree in Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology and a masters degree at the California College of the Arts specializing in urban design. She is passionate about nonprofits dedicated to design, sustainable practices and education. In October 2011, she joined the organization as a Haiti Program Intern and later the AIA / Architecture for Humanity Disaster Resiliency and Recovery Program, and in January 2013 became a Program Coordinator for the Hurricane Sandy and Disaster Resiliency programs.

Darren Gill, Regional Program Manager

Darren joined Architecture for Humanity in February 2010 and following a short stint in Uganda working on the earth block based Nakaseeta Academy, moved to our Haiti office where he was heavily involved in establishing the Urban Planning Studio and became the Regional Program Manager in mid 2012. Darren currently oversees our work, particularly the Football for Hope Program, in multiple countries across the African continent.

An architecture graduate from UCD Ireland and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Darren's research focused on urbanism and the social potential of infrastructure. Prior to joining Architecture for Humanity, Darren worked across a variety of sectors from design and construction, environmental conservation to urban planning in Haiti, India, Vietnam, Norway and Ireland.

Kris Jong, Project Accountant

Kris joined Architecture for Humanity as a Project Accountant in April 2012. His interest in architecture started with bold and modern designs that convinced him that he wanted to be an architect when he grew up.

This led Kris to Cal Poly where he intended to study architecture, but the idea of all-nighters and sleeping in labs dissuaded him. Kris ended up in the college of business where the sole pursuit of profit left him wanting something more. Kris aligned himself with a professor who enlightened him of an environmentally conscious, community enhancing, and sustainable business model. The professor called it the triple bottom line, and he has kept this approach to his work ever since.

After graduating, he started his career as an accountant at a local social service non-profit where he was exposed to all aspects of accounting. Kris then moved into accounting for a for-profit architecture firm where he worked closely with project managers to help them manage the financial aspect of their projects. Being at Architecture for Humanity synergizes his work experience and he is grateful for the opportunity to work on exciting projects that also help communities in need.

Delphine Luboz, Program Coordinator

Delphine joined Architecture for Humanity as a Design fellow in September 2011, prior to which she was involved as a volunteer with both HQ and the London chapter working on different projects and developing fundraising strategies. She is currently working on the Football for Hope program, coordinating the different projects around Africa.

Delphine was born in the US and raised in France. She holds a degree in Architecture from the Paris Val de Seine National Architecture School and worked for several private architectural offices in Paris and London, performing design and management tasks at all project stages. Her different career experiences, field trips around Europe, Asia and Africa, and a strong passion for community focused design changed her view on how to practice architecture and pushed her to believe in design as a tool for change.

Jennifer Ly, Development & Event Coordinator

Jennifer joined Architecture for Humanity in fall of 2013 to support the organization's growing development efforts. She has an academic background in marketing, and experiences in a variety of areas including event planning, marketing, education, and administration. Most recently, she supported the communications and development work at a non-profit in Chile. With a strong interest in non-profit work and all things international, she is excited to join Architecture for Humanity to help people and communities in need.

Alix Ogilvie, Program Manager

Alix Ogilvie brings a strong background in community-based design and climate-related issues to her work with Architecture for Humanity. She is responsible for coordinating a range of program activities and provides competition and program support to the Open Architecture Network. In this role she has successfully managed design and construction grants on programs such as Football For Hope, Nike GameChangers, Green Schools; developed design guides such as the Gaza Repair Strategies manual; and managed a number of online competitions including Safe Trestles.

Ogilvie joined Architecture for Humanity in February 2010. Prior to joining Architecture for Humanity, Ogilvie worked in the private sector focusing on residential, mixed-use, and adaptive reuse urban in-fill development. She has an interest in organic farming, and is an active member of San Francisco Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) and a certified Safety Assessment Evaluator (Disaster Service Worker (DSW) – Volunteer). Ogilvie is a LEED Accredited Professional, and a California licensed Architect.

Yuko Okamura, Studio Coordinator

Yuko joined Architecture for Humanity's Reconstruction and Resiliency Studio in October 2012 as an intern and then a design fellow, and transitioned to a Studio Coordinator in February 2014. While always having a strong passion for humanitarian and environmental design, her experience volunteering in the tsunami-struck region of Japan fueled her particular interest in architecture's potential to build back better and create more resilient communities following a disaster. Yuko received her BA in Architecture from the University of Washington, and her M.Arch from the University of British Columbia.

Jason Olson, Office Manager

Jason Olson joined Architecture for Humanity as the Office Manager in 2010. Olson manages the San Francisco Headquarters Office, supports offices in Haiti and South Africa, and is responsible for overseeing the on-boarding of design fellows on Architecture for Humanity projects worldwide. Olson also manages safety and security for personnel working outside of the United States.

From 2012 to 2013, Olson led the search, purchase, and transition to Architecture For Humanity's headquarters at 695 Minna Street.

In 2005, Olson changed career paths to manage a non-profit working to reform American politics and help expand a national youth development organization. Olson is a former environmental consultant, having managed investigation/remediation and brownfield redevelopment sites across the country. Olson has also managed and worked on sites at and adjacent to former military facilities, including the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard cleanup in San Francisco.

"I love architecture because when used with love and creativity it has the power to change the world."

Michael Steiner, Program Manager

Michael Steiner joined Architecture for Humanity in 2012. Michael is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning. He is a licensed Architect with nearly twenty years of design experience with architecture firms in New Mexico, Oregon and California.

Michael's versatility and leadership extend to his passion in international nonprofit work. He has served as a program manager for a Buddhist temple restoration in Mongolia and as a fundraiser in Colombia for children’s health, shelter and educational programs. He is currently a board member for the Blue Sky Education Project serving children and educators of rural Mongolia. For fifteen years he was an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity International and his numerous Habitat project build teams have worked in Latin America, Melanesia, the U.S.A. and Europe.

Hiromi Tabei, Program Coordinator

Hiromi joined Architecture for Humanity in June 2011 to coordinate the Tohoku Rebuilding Program. Originally from Japan, Hiromi came stateside to study cartography at the University of Oregon, and stayed at a U.S. company working on maps of all kinds. Her work stirred a curiosity in the human scale, and then architecture. Hiromi accumulated a Masters degree at the Architecture College in Boston, followed by several years' experience at a Boston design office, before the tsunami occurred.

"I love architecture because it changes people’s lives….better or worse. (I’m working for the former, not the latter. But that’s users’ opinion, not mine)."

Mark Warren, AIA, Program Coordinator

Mark joined Architecture for Humanity in 2010 first working out of the organization’s headquarters in San Francisco before relocating to the Africa regional program office in Cape Town, South Africa where he is currently a program coordinator.

Mark brings ten years of experience working in both the architecture and NGO world. Mark has a Masters of Architecture from the Catholic University of America and a Bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University. He is a licensed architect in the US state of California.

Frederika Zipp, Operations Director

Frederika Zipp is a registered Professional Engineer, and has worked for some of the largest engineering and construction companies in the world, including Bechtel and MW Kellogg. Her experience includes design, specification and procurement for industrial projects. She also worked for a time in civil engineering, focusing on residential projects.

Zipp was born in Morocco, raised in Africa, Brazil and France, and educated in the United States. She holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and is fluent in French. Zipp serves as a Children Docent volunteer at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Partners

Nathaniel Corum, Educational Outreach Partner

Nathaniel is a designer, educator and writer who grew up building barns and working a small farm with his parents in Vermont. An architect with degrees from Stanford University and the University of Texas at Austin, Corum collaborates with international teams and diverse communities on planning and design/build projects with Architecture for Humanity, the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative, and a range of strategic partners.

Affiliated with Architecture for Humanity since the Montana HQ days, Nate leads several design/build initiatives and, as Educational Outreach Partner, works to connect students and faculties to timely, real-world design challenges, leveraging university teams to assist Architecture for Humanity in the field.

"I love architecture because it convenes people in a vehicle for appropriate land use."

Diana Bianchini, Di Moda Public Relations

Di Moda Public Relations provides outreach and manages public relations for Architecture for Humanity. For press requests, please contact us.

Jenner & Block

Jenner & Block generously provides pro bono legal counsel to Architecture for Humanity. In this capacity, Steven Meier serves as Architecture for Humanity's General Counsel

Co-Founders

Architecture for Humanity was co-founded by Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr on April 6, 1999.

Cameron Sinclair, co-founder

Cameron Sinclair was trained as an architect at the University of Westminster and at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. During his studies Sinclair 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. After his studies, he moved to New York where he worked as a designer and project architect.

In 2006 Sinclair and Architecture for Humanity co-founder Kate Stohr compiled a bestselling book Design Like You Give A Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises, following up in 2012 with Volume [2]: Building Change From the Ground Up.

Sinclair is a TED prize recipient and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. In 2008 Architecture for Humanity and its co-founders Sinclair and Stohr were named as recipients of the Design Patron Award for the National Design Awards. The following year Sinclair and Stohr were jointly awarded the Bicentenary Medal by the Royal Society of Arts for increasing people’s resourcefulness.

Kate Stohr, co-founder

Kate Stohr is the co-founder Architecture for Humanity. She has been instrumental in coordinating design services and raising more than $15 million in capital for design-centered community development. Up until May 2012 she was the organization's Managing Director and is currently an adviser to the Board of Directors.

At Architecture for Humanity, she led a number of the organization’s community development and reconstruction programs including: Football for Hope, Hurricane Katrina Reconstruction Programs, 2010 Haiti Earthquake Reconstruction, Open Architecture Network, and the acquisition of Worldchanging.

Prior to Architecture for Humanity she was a journalist and producer, receiving her bachelor's degree magna cum laude from New York University and her master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. She is the recipient of Wired magazine’s 2006 Rave Award for Architecture and was awarded the Royal Society of Arts Bicentenary Medal in 2009. She serves as an adviser to the Clinton Global Initiative. Together with co-founder, Cameron Sinclair she accepted the 2008 Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Patron Award in honor of the work of Architecture for Humanity, its chapters, volunteers and design fellows.

"I love architecture because it is the difference between permanence and impermanence. Everything else around us shifts and changes. A building never moves. It shelters, it aspires, it lasts, it welcomes. Eventually it tells many stories."