Leah is an emerging professional who recently stepped aside from her corporate job to focus on her true passion – humanitarian design. We are thrilled to pair Leah up with this amazing vocational center project in Uganda!
Ismail is an experience humanitarian designer, emerging professional, and Director for Journeyman International. Opher is a young professional and experience humanitarian designer. Together, they will be designing a ‘containerized library’ concept to be implemented throughout Rwanda.
Claudia is a Brazilian Architect who lives in Switzerland, and is dedicating her time and talent to designing a school for impoverished children in Uganda.
Amanda is an American emerging architecture professional who is dedicating a year to ‘getting her hands dirty’, and is volunteering to design this vital project for children in Sierra Leone.
Anna Nagasugi is a JI alumni designer, and emerging professional. She has previously designed a humanitarian project in Ghana Africa. She is volunteering her time and talent to design an orphanage and library for the Dream Foundation in Uganda.
Xianlong is an American architecture student who is volunteering his time, talent and passion to designing a youth center in the eastern cape for our friends and partners at the Mdaka Legacy Foundation.
Erin is an American emerging professional who is currently living and Qatar. She is a passionate humanitarian and traveler, and is actively designing this school in Papua New Guinea.
Andrew is a professional architect, university lecturer, and active member of the JI team. He was the designer of the award-winning JI library in Rwanda. Andrew is actively designing a community center and business incubator in the village of Rubagabaga, Rwanda.
Paige is a JI and Cal Poly architecture alumni and emerging professional who is actively designing an orphanage home in Haiti for an organization called COTEDIH.
Liz is a Cal Poly Architecture alumni and emerging professional. She is actively designing a school for the Rubirizi district in Uganda.
Trevor and Travis are JI and Cal Poly alumni, and active members of the JI team. Combined they have designed humanitarian projects in the Dominican Republic, Burkina Faso, and South Africa. Mindy is a lovely and talented structural engineering student at Cal Poly that will be engineering this project for her thesis.
JI Designers Erika, Beth, and Norris are designing an orphanage and school in Peru for Inca Link.
JI Designer and French architecture masters student (École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Paris-Val de Seine Architecture) Rocio Aviles will be researching and designing innovative and culturally appropriative housing models for the developing word.
JI Designer and French architecture students (École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Paris-Val de Seine Architecture) Jonathan Fleurance and Carmen Maurice are designing a home for the elderly in the Philippines.
JI Designers and Cal Poly Architecture students Sophia Liu and Simon Ng our designing an orphanage and soccer academy for our partner in Cameroon, the DREAM Soccer Academy.
JI Designer and Cal Poly Architecture student Isha Chhabra is designing a Women’s Aquaculture Cooperative in Rwanda. This project is inpartnership with Afritech Energy.
Jeremy Nguyen is a Cal Poly architecture student from San Jose, California who has chosen to bless children in Brazil by designing a bilingual school for his thesis project.
Jeremy will be working with Nossa Escola da Terra, a non profit in Brazil that aims to provide education to the poorest children in the local region. The program will include classrooms, dining, kitchen, lodging, and and overall project masterplan.
JI Designer and Cal Poly Architecture student Vana Kevorkian will be designing backpacking ‘huts’ that will be constructed throughout Rwanda. In partnership with Afritech Energy, we will construct these tourist backpacking huts in adventurous locations, with all proceeds going towards the local villages.
The JI team, spearheaded by volunteer designer Isabeau Guglielmo is designing a Leadership Retreat Center outside of Santiago, Dominican Republic for an organization called The Christian and Missionary Alliance. The camp will be located on a 2 acre parcel and will include housing, dining, a chapel, swimming pool, and other retreat center accommodations. Grading has commenced, and the goal is to open the center within three years!
LSW Architects in Vancouver Washington is volunteering to support Heart Capital in South Africa design a masterplan for a resource center in South Africa. This resource center will house hundreds of volunteers each year and will also provide vocational training for the community. More specific information about the project can be viewed here.
The JI team, spearheaded by volunteer designer Kamile Kesylyte is designing an AIDS Crisis Center on the eastern cape of South Africa for an organization called ASAP. The projects specific intent is to support mothers and children affected by AIDS with education, medical attention, meals and vocational training. Our target is to build AIDS Centers within the coming years.
The JI team, spearheaded by architectural designer Francesca Alfajora, is designing a resource and skills facility with the aim of providing an e-platform, vocational and skills training, and an arts/performance center for a secondary school and community of rural South Africa. The project will serve as the original archetype and first home to the organization, as well as represent its mission of creating a safe, innovative, and self-sustainable rural community. The project has been allocated land and we are excited to to help this great organization!
The JI team, spearheaded by UK designer Stephen Osho is designing a school and sports facility in Cameroon with the specific aim of supporting, housing, and providing education for orphans. The project will including dormitories, classrooms, administration, and a large sports complex. The project has been allocated land and we are excited to to help this great organization!
The JI team, spearheaded by Indian Architect Dipinti Kapoor, will be designing a school in Uganda with the specific aim of supporting disabled orphans. This school will have specific vocational training that will empower these disabled children with skill sets that will help provide employment. The project will including dormitories, classrooms, administration, and an overall project masterplan.
The Sunzu Village is a masterplan project that aims to bring life-changing development projects to the remove Sunzu Village in Rwanda. The first stage is a library that is a multi-functional space inviting children, women and men to enjoy the indoor and outdoor spaces. The materials of the building consists primarily of volcanic stone, brick, and clay tile roofing. JI Alumni Carly Althoff is working with the Sunzu Village team to develop a master plan for the village that will include a new sports complex, church, expansion to the womans co-op, campground, and several new playgrounds.
Nicole Thompson is a Cal Poly and Journeyman program alumni. After graduating she landed a job in California in the architecture industry. Her passion for humanitarian design has caused her to take on this humanitarian project pro bono in her free time!
The library will be in a village called Bungaya in East Bali. The land is owned by Puspadi Bali’s Director Nengah Latra. The population of this village is 4000 people and it is a very poor area of Bali. The average income is less than $17USD per week and the main occupation is rice farming. There are no library’s or book stores – to attain a book a family has to travel all the way into the capital of Bali, Denpasar, about two hours drive. Additionally, there is currently no public access to computers in the village.
Ismail Elkasmi is a Moroccan national, who in 2015 as a Cal Poly exchange student and JI intern, designed three dormitories for Young Life in Nicaragua. Ismail had the privilege of joining JI President Daniel Wiens on a site visit that prepared Ismail for the daunting site challenges. Within months of Ismail’s internship completing, the project in Nicaragua broke ground (see Nicaragua project). Before Ismail graduates university, his design in Nicaragua will be built. Inspired by his experience with JI, Ismail talked his professors at School of Architecture Paris Val De Seine into letting him take on a JI project for his thesis. This year Ismail is designing Primary Schools in his home country of Morocco. Upon return from Ismail’s site visit he said,
“The project is meant to help introduce preschools in this region: the Ait Bouguemez valley, where there is a lack of access to proper education, especially for the youngest generations. I have to say I was truly touched by that place, its beauty and its people. The government barely helps and acts in this amazing region, where I found an inspiring sens of solidarity. These people are working hard every day to to provide the minimum for themselves and families. They also try to preserve their berber culture (older than the ancient Greek or Roman cultures), heritage, and traditions.”
This project is currently seeking a professional sponsorship that will help JI see this project come to life!
Journeyman International and student designer Natalia Escobar has partnered with SERES, a non profit organization in Guatemala to design a youth leadership center called Communiversity at the base of a volcano in Antigua, Guatemala. The SERES Communiversity will be a world-first leadership hub and learning village for unleashing the power of the next generation of emerging leaders, knowledge brokers and practitioners that are leading the transition towards healthy, thriving and resilient communities. As an internationally recognized gathering place, the SERES Communiversity facilitates cross-fertilization and pollination among local leaders, community-based development practitioners, researchers, scholars, students and the philanthropic community who are aligned in their commitment towards developing a more socially and environmentally equitable world.
The SERES Center will be built on a 25-acre property located near the town of El Rodeo in the town of Escuintla, Guatemala. It is located approximately 42km on the CA-1 from Guatemala City and 23km on Route-14 from the popular tourist destination of Antigua on well-maintained, paved highway.
The land is located in a stunning location that features views of 4 of Guatemala’s volcanoes to the north and east of the property – two of which are active (Fuego and Pacaya). To the south of the property, the landscape drops away towards the pacific slopes where sugarcane – Guatemala’s largest export – is grown and on clear days you can see the Pacific Ocean, approximately 60 kms away. It is also close to La Reunion Golf Resort which is regarded by many golfing enthusiasts as one of the world’s best golf courses and provides an option for top-end accommodation for people wishing to visit the center but requiring alternative accommodation arrangements.