Staff Bios

Staff Bios

Cameron Sinclair,
Executive Director

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 1999 Sinclair co-founded Architecture for Humanity, which seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crises and brings design services to communities in need. Currently the organization is working in a dozen countries on projects ranging from health centers in Sub-Saharan Africa, community centers in Southeast Asia to low-income housing on the Gulf Coast of the United States. In 2007 Architecture for Humanity launched the Open Architecture Network, the worlds' first online community dedicated to improving living conditions through innovative and sustainable design.

He has spoken at a number of international business and design conferences on sustainable development and post-disaster reconstruction, including guest appearances on BBC World Service and CNN International, National Public Radio and PBS.

In 2003 Sinclair was named a Nice Moderist by Dwell Magazine. He is a
recipient of the ASID Design for Humanity award and the Lewis Mumford Award
for Peace. In 2004 Fortune Magazine named him as one of the Aspen Seven,
seven people changing the world for the better, and in 2006 Sinclair was named one of three winners of the TED Prize, which honors visionaries from any field who have shown they can "positively impact life on this planet."

Kate Stohr, Managing Director

Kate Stohr has been instrumental in coordinating design services and bringing in more than $4 million for community development and rebuilding in the wake of the Southeast Asia Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina.

As a former journalist, Stohr brings a background in project management, website development and a strong understanding of urban planning issues to the organization. She co-edited the book Design Like You Give a Damn, and has served as a panel moderator and guest speaker at a number of design conferences and events, including the New York Public Library speaker series "Live from NYPL," the Aspen Ideas Festival, Structures for Inclusion and the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

She received 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. Stohr is the recipient of Wired magazine's 2006 Rave Award for Architecture and serves as a board member for the Center for Architecture and Design in San Francisco.

Barb Alvarado, Deputy Development Director

Joyce Engebretsen, Managing Director

Nathaniel Corum, Programs Manager

Nathaniel Corum is an architect and a Programs Manager at Architecture for Humanity. Corum leads Architecture for Humanity's American Indian Community Initiatives and works to develop and research appropriate building prototypes and materials for diverse projects and the Open Architecture Network. Working with alongside tribal members, Nathaniel has designed and built housing and/or community facilities with communities on the Hopi (AZ), Navajo (AZ, NM), Turtle Mountain (ND) and Northern Cheyenne Nations. He continues research on culturally and climate-appropriate housing prototypes as a part of the agritecture research project.

Corum studied at Stanford University and received a Master’s in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin culminating in a Fulbright Scholarship to study architectural preservation and urban poverty issues in North Africa. He is the recipient of a Rose Architectural Fellowship and author of Building a Straw Bale House from Princeton Architectural Press. Industry recognition for Nathaniel’s work includes coverage in Architecture magazine, Dwell magazine, BusinessWeek, and Design Like You Give a Damn.

Michael Grote,
Gulf Coast Program Manager

Since June of 2006, Michael Grote has been the Gulf Coast Program Manager for Architecture for Humanity’s Biloxi Model Home Program and has supported a range of rebuilding initiaties along the Gulf Coast as part of that role. Along with volunteer training and education, he was a visiting instructor for Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture Biloxi Program in the Spring of 2007.

Grote holds a BARCH from the University of Houston and a Masters of Building Construction - Design-Build with a Community Planning minor from Auburn University.

Mike McCaffrey, Web Manager

Mike McCaffrey

Elaine Uang, Web Content/Project Manager

Elaine Uang joined Architecture for Humanity in 2008 as Web Content/Project Manager. Uang is responsible for managing web communications, graphics and user interface as well as project management for several design initiatives.

An aspiring archi-tarian, Uang has long been an inquisitive generalist interested in how good design can transform the built environment to make good communities. She has B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Virginia.

Bebe Bertolet, Bookkeeper

Bebe Bertolet joined Architecture for Humanity in January 2008 as a
bookkeeper, to share her passion for community-building. She brings 20 years
of management experience in accounting and nonprofit management to the organization. She has held numerous management positions in the for-profit sector before joining the independent sector. She has been committed to philanthropy since her high school days in West Philadelphia, volunteering for youth gang programs to share her passion for the arts and community.

Bertolet is a graduate of Golden Gate University's highly regarded MBA program and has served the community as executive director, fundraiser, board member and volunteer with various nonprofit organizations, including the YWCA, International Institute of the East Bay, The Danny Foundation, Sausalito Art Festival, MOCHA-Museum of Children's Art, Berkeley Women's Crew, a youth rowing program operating at Jack London's Aquatic Center, and UrbanVoice, a nationally recognized West Oakland high tech, job training program. In addition to her work with Architecture for Humanity, she currently serves as part-time Financial Manager with Head Over Heels Gymnastics in Emeryville, California and as a board member of the Albany Chamber of Commerce. She is an active volunteer in the public schools and lives in Berkeley with her husband and two children.

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