Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the only article referring to the built environment. The article states that adequate shelter and housing are a fundamental human right.

Our vision is of a world where all people have access to dignified shelter and housing, adequate and safe school buildings and effective clinics and hospitals. A world where there is not the loss of life or livelihood for the want of the built solution that can serve and preserve them.

Article 25.1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”

We believe in…

  • Adequate dignified shelter, buildings and housing as fundamental human rights
  • Sustainable building and projects are vital, in every sense: working for the long term
  • Building capacity and sharing skills to work ourselves out of a job
  • Making the best possible use of charities’ funds with our leverage of skills
  • Providing the best possible built environment expertise to charities, NGOs and communities
  • Working to mitigate disaster and poverty and serve the MDGs
  • Promoting architectural education in the UK and worldwide
  • Bringing humanitarian and development work together under a human rights approach.


In achieving our vision and mission we aim to be: Accurate, Careful, Responsible, Collegiate, Transparent, Accountable, Innovative, Professional, Leaders