Cameron Sinclair’s email signature sums up why he is the perfect speaker for TEDxEQChCh. Sinclair is Chief Eternal Optimist (otherwise known as co-founder) of Architecture for Humanity, a nonprofit design services firm founded that, through a network of 40,000 professionals who give freely of their time, is able to lend time and expertise to those who would otherwise not be able to afford design, construction and development services. In recognition of his achievements, Sinclair won the 2006 TED prize for open source humanitarian work.
Every year tens of thousands of people benefit directly from structure designed by Architecture for Humanity while around 100,000 people benefit from advocacy, training and outreach programs run by the organization. Architecture for Humanity contributed after Hurricane Katrina, the Boxing Day Tsunami and Refugee Housing projects in Kosovo as well as many other locations and situations around the world.
Given the scale of both the challenge and the opportunity facing Christchurch residents, TEDxEQChCh is excited to have Sinclair speaking at the event and the Architecture for Humanity ethos that; “Design is important to every aspect of our lives. It informs the places in which we live, work, learn, heal and gather” is especially relevant for Christchurch in the months and years ahead.