JI was born from a dream to rebuild the world
This year, 6,350 students will graduate with architecture degrees from universities across the country. If these students dedicated university studio hours to humanitarian design projects, 6,858,000 hours would be dedicated to designing solutions to the greatest challenges facing our world.
By partnering student designers with local and global humanitarian organizations, JI provides sustainable design and construction methods to communities who need it most. We invest in the next generation of socially minded architects, engineers, and construction managers by addressing and anticipating the ecological, economic and social issues shaping the built environment today and tomorrow.
Because if we want a better world, we have to build one.
What We Do?
The African Research and Exchange Academy [AREA] is both a social enterprise and a non-profit organization with operations occurring in Boulder, Colorado and the state-of-the-art campus to be built just outside of Kumbo, Cameroon. AREA will be used as a social gathering and meeting place for high ranking diplomats, kings and queens, and anyone who wants to help better humankind – starting in Africa.
In the Philippines, many families struggle economically due to the lack of infrastructure and transportation. All too often these families resort to means like human trafficking simply to survive. Sometimes those engaging in human trafficking are orphaned or abandoned children since they have no family or means to support themselves. This project hopes to rebuild the lives of the children who have been trafficked by providing a place for them to be loved, respected, supported and nurtured.
Stefano Mahande comes from the the Busia District in Eastern Uganda, a location with the lowest educational scores in the country and very high poverty levels. An electrical engineer by trade, his dream is to make healthcare and education available for his community. A master plan and thin-brick community structure design was completed in July 2014.
The library will be a multi-functional space inviting children, women and men to enjoy the indoor and outdoor spaces. The materials of the building will consist primarily of volcanic stone, brick, and clay tile roofing.
Students designed custom bookshelves and desks to be integrated into units to maximize space and create multiple uses with the furniture. Construction began October 2013 and is projected to be finished by Spring 2014.
In order to receive dental care, the local Belizeans previously had to drive for over an hour outside of Independence. John Look, from GOM, is a professor of dentistry at the University of Minnesota and has focused his attention and resources on serving this population. The medical facility is complete and phase two (visiting doctor quarters) is awaiting funds.
Enfoque Ciudad, under the direction of brothers Justin and Damian Hirst, works with orphaned boys 18 years and older. The boys come from various orphanages in Mexico that typically end their programs for youth at the age of 18. While staying at the Enfoque Ciudad property for free, they are required to work full time and finish their studies.
The facility is currently in phase two of construction for the year of 2013, building a soccer field, outdoor theater, swimming pool and developing the landscaping to hold future outreaches at the property. Visit Enfoque Ciudad’s website to get updates on their program and facility.
Humanitarian Partner, Roza Feleke, is dedicated to the construction, finance, and operation of the Bahir Dar Hospital. In 2008, Roza learned that the government granted her an acre of land for her project and it broke ground in the winter of 2014. The project is currently being built by 45 WOMEN. That’s right. An all women’s construction team.
In partnership with local governments and other NGO’s, the Bahir Dar Hospital will be operating as a teaching facility for medical students.
Child Hope International is a charitable organization dedicated to rescuing suffering and abandoned children in Port Au Prince, Haiti. Through child sponsorships and donations, we are able to place children 12 and under in a loving and nurturing home and providing education for sponsored children.
Construction is pending due to final approval of the land.
In an effort to reverse the downward spiral of poverty and hopelessness in Zambia, the Community Development Resource Centers will give Zambians the education and experience necessary to improve their way of life now and for future generations.
The goals of this program are to establish life changing skills and education including a controlled demonstration farm that will give students effective practical training for future community projects. This will empower Zambians to succeed by giving them additional tools for agricultural improvements, business development, and education (nutrition, hygiene, and sanitation).
Disaster Volunteers of Ghana (DIVOG) is a Ghanaian led non governmental Organization based in Ghana that supports grassroots community development initiatives in partnership with rural communities, international organizations and individual volunteers.
The site will function both as a boarding school and a day school for children living in the Akatsi District of Ghana.
The Rescue Home is a restorative, safe facility for young children recovering from human trafficking in Cameroon. The master plan is a beautiful 11,000 square foot compound, emphasizing the concept of restoring a lost childhood. Recently, GLOWA received special consultative status with the United Nations.
The new campus will house the growing population of orphans in the Kilimanjaro Region- including dormitories, classrooms, a meeting pavilion, kitchen, gardens, and recreation fields. Trekking for Kids, a stateside partner, has pledged a portion of guide fees for their February 2014 Kilimanjaro expedition to the construction of this facility.
Who we are?
Meet our team who work tirelessly to provide opportunities for students and community partners across the globe.