Friday night saw Architecture for Humanity staff and volunteers talking shop with Haitian architects, builders, college faculty and fellow NGO's. They were celebrating, in part, their new office space in Pétionville, Port-au-Prince. Curious third partiers joined around 50 invited members of the local design and construction community in enjoying some hors d'oeurves, a beverage and each other's company. Decorations were sparse–folding chairs had been drawn into circles while a projector reenacted the construction of the clinic platform. A small stereo played a hodgepodge of Haitian standards, but was mostly drowned out by conversation.
The inaugural "Meet-n-Greet" marked the first in an ongoing series of open houses at the Haiti team office. Monthly conversations and lectures are planned to promote education, participation and collaboration in Haiti's reconstruction.
Members of the Haiti team are still debating the name of the event and are open to suggestions.