Cameron Sinclair


A true architect is not an artist but an optimistic realist. They take a diverse number of stakeholders, extract needs, concerns, and dreams, then create a beautiful yet tangible solution that is loved by the users and the community at large. We create vessels in which life happens.

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Humanist, Architect & Community Builder

Trained as an architect, Cameron Sinclair has worked in every major natural disaster over the two decades. Cameron is the Executive Director of the Jolie-Pitt Foundation and founder of The Department of Small Works.  From post conflict reconstruction in Kosovo to community led building in Haiti, Sinclair has been developing and building shelters for communities in 49 countries and has raised over $50M for humanitarian activities. As Co-Founder and Executive Director of Architecture for Humanity he built schools, health clinics, affordable housing and developed sustainable reconstruction and development projects. He is a strong advocate in the power of design as a catalyst for social and economic change. Sinclair compiled a number of best selling books, is a visiting professor to a number of universities and holds an honorary doctorate of Architecture.

Sinclair was a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, an advisor at USAID and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. He is based in Sausalito, California and co-owns a small mountain adjacent to Joshua Tree national park. As a teacher and visiting professor he is involved in bringing socially relevant design into academia and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Westminster. Sinclair was a recipient of the TED prize and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. In 2008 he was named as a joint recipient of the National Design Awards and the following year jointly awarded the Bicentenary Medal by the Royal Society of Arts for increasing people’s resourcefulness.