Article 25 is the built environment’s charity for disaster relief and international development. Our role is the responsible stewardship of the building process from start to finish. We bring value to our NGO partners and beneficiaries by:
- Early, inclusive engagement with end users.
- Addressing vulnerability by employing local skills and building technical capacity.
- Empowering local communities to lead long-term recovery and rehabilitation.
- Commitment to environmentally sustainable and resource-efficient practices.
- Rigorous consideration of local materials, economy, labour, climate, and environment.
- Strict control of building costs to make best use of donor funds while giving the best possible built solution.
Thanks to our cost management and volunteering structure Article 25 donors are assured that almost 100% of our fundraising efforts go directly back into projects in the field, with an administrative contingent of just under 3%. We strive to ensure that funds are used as efficiently as possible, maximising the budget through good design to create buildings which are tangible investments in the community and their local economy.
Since its inception in 2006, Article 25 has worked on over 50 assignments worldwide. Our project pages on this website demonstrate the range of construction projects we have taken on, from one-off homes for abandoned children, to large scale reconstruction of schools after a disaster.
Complementing our field-based work, Article 25 collaborates with practitioners, universities, and organisations on research projects testing and applying innovative and cost-effective technologies to community-based projects. Past research workshops have focused on the use of bamboo as a structural material and the role of human urine as a binding agent in the making of mud bricks.
As part of our educational mission, Article 25 has created the first ever industry recognised Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses in humanitarian architecture. We hope to build a platform where best practice can be shared and applied across regions and where professionals can discuss, contribute and share skills, knowledge, and new technologies. We are also the first NGO to provide PEDR (RIBA log book) appropriate professional work experience, and regularly supervise masters, diploma, and PhD level theses with volunteers.