Schendy Kernizan (pronounced "skendee") is a Design Fellow with Architecture for Humanity Haiti team. He works alongside Eric Cesal to assess and remediate the recent destruction.
Schendy was born in Newark, NJ and went to high school in Haiti at the Union School. He later received a degree in Architecture at Philadelphia University (Pennsylvania), graduating in 2008.
Schendy became interested in Architecture for Humanity and our projects when he learned about their collaboration with Yele. He reached out and before long his work was raising eyebrows at Headquarters. After the earthquake, Schendy was recruited to help Eric Cesal in Port-au-Prince. Now he works on anything and everything–drawing floorplans, assisting meetings, building clinic platforms and conducting research as an all-star Jack-of-all-trades.
In his free time, Schendy writes poetry and makes art with found and discarded objects. He does not swim and asserts that his parents loosely based his name on Schenectady, New York, though he has never been.