Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr, co-founders of nonprofit design services firm Architecture for Humanity
, will step down from their roles and launch a fund to support the organization’s future growth. Sinclair will lead the new Founders Fund, established to support Architecture for Humanity’s five-year strategic vision. The plan will help the organization create and implement programs in the areas of improving disaster resilience and humanitarian-focused community development. The group aims to raise at least $1.5 million by its 15th anniversary next year.
Stohr, who currently serves as board advisor, will be leaving the organization on September 30, to return to her career in television and web production. Executive director Sinclair will resign on April 6, 2014, after which he will continue to support the agency while focusing on his own design and community development work. The board of directors will begin an international search for a new executive director by the end of September.
The pair started Architecture for Humanity in 1999 after Sinclair was working on historic preservation in western Romania and learned of refugees returning from the war in Kosovo to homes in rubble. Since its founding, the organization has completed more than 300 projects in 47 countries, expanded to 63 chapters across the world, and has cultivated a network of more than 75,000 architects, professionals and volunteers looking to make a positive impact through architecture.