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Cameron Sinclair

Founder and director of Worldchanging Institute

For nearly three decades Cameron has helped build housing, health facilities, schools and implemented community-led development strategies after natural and man-made disasters. He is the founder and director of Worldchanging Institute, a U.S. based organization focused on community-driven design solutions to humanitarian and environmental crisis. 

In his recent design work he created livelihoods for resettled refugees and nomadic communities, implemented rural revitalization programs in shrinking cities and built transitional schools for thousands of children displaced by war. In 2018 he worked with an in-house design team at Airbnb to conceive a peer-to-peer housing program called Open Homes, which is currently being utilized to house thousands of Ukrainian families displaced in Eastern Europe. 

As co-founder at Architecture for Humanity he built partnerships and multi-multidisciplinary teams to empower and build with communities in 64 countries. During his time with the organization he helped to raise over $70M in non-governmental funding for humanitarian initiatives and oversaw the design and construction of shelter solutions for over 1.5M people. 

Sinclair co-compiled a number of best selling books called Design Like You give A Damn and Worldchanging, has taught at 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. Sinclair been awarded numerous accolades including the TED prize, the National Design Award, a runner-up for UK Designer of the Year and recipient of the centennial medal from the Royal Society of the Arts.  

Cameron is the founder and director of Worldchanging Institute, a U.S. based organization focused on community-driven design solutions to humanitarian and environmental crisis. 

For nearly three decades Cameron has helped build housing, health facilities, schools and implemented community-led development strategies after natural and man-made disasters. As co-founder of Architecture for Humanity he built partnerships and multi-multidisciplinary teams to empower and build with communities in 64 countries. During his time with the organization he helped to raise over $70M in non-governmental funding for humanitarian initiatives and oversaw the design and construction of shelter solutions for over 1.5M people. 

Recently, he worked with an in-house design team at Airbnb to conceive a peer-to-peer housing program called Open Homes, which is currently being utilized to house tens of thousands of Ukrainian families displaced in Eastern Europe. 

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