Volunteer Appreciation: Meet Liene Cikanovica!

Volunteer Appreciation: Meet Liene Cikanovica!

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Jul 06, 2014
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Liene Cikanovica has been an invaluable volunteer at Architecture for Humanity's headquarters in San Francisco since the beginning of 2014, helping our staff in designing creative communications content. Liene is an infographic rockstar, and is here to tell you a bit about herself! 


Where are you from?

I'm from Latvia (small country of North East of Europe with 2 million inhabitants)


What's your background / degree?

I have obtained Master of Science in Architecture a year ago (and 6 years ago - Engineering Qualification in Transportation Engineering).


Why did you want to Volunteer at Architecture for Humanity?

I believe that architecture has the potential to influence people’s life and make a positive change; and I believe that design can be social and economic engine for individual or community. Therefore I appreciate the AFH methodology of delivering good design whether it is community involvement in the design process, training and empowerment of communities, professional advising or use of it's global network. I'm here to offer my skills in exchange of experience in this amazing organization, which is important part of the humanitarian design movement. It is a delight to be among great, enthusiastic, and committed people. I love to be a part of a process of meaningful work and positive impact.


Where do you want to be in 15 years?

Looking back 15 years I would never imagine being here in San Francisco with AFH, therefore it is hard for me to look 15 years in the future. But I wish and I want that every step forward will be conscious and meaningful so that my path in life takes me where I can be the best version of myself. It is not about the destination, it is about the process.


What's your favorite AFH project?

There are many amazing projects and it is hard to pick one. I love Football for Hope projects, that address health and education issues through soccer; or Gamechangers where sport is used as a successful catalysts for social change. I find the High Rainwater Court in Mahiga, Kenya to be an ingenious project, and mind-blowing in it's honesty. The structure embodies concept of conserving life, by collecting rainwater and by creating protection for the . It provides shelter for the many needs of the community, which were discovered through community workshops.


We love to eat well at AFH!  What's your favorite food?

I love food and I like to try new things. I love San Francisco because it has so many things to offer. My SF discoveries are kale (I'm planning to get kale T-shirt) and ice cream with chocolate sauce and sea salt.

Thanks for dedicating your time and sharing your design talent with us Liene!