Article 25.1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:
“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 at Article 25 work to enable this right by building solutions to global problems. We provide the skills and knowledge needed to make safe and appropriate building projects possible. 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. As such, we aim for superior architectural interventions in 3 main areas:
Disaster Risk Reduction
Last year, we built Bois Rond Primary School in Haiti- which had collapsed during the 2010 earthquake- to put hundreds of children back in school. Find out more
We are currently involved in rebuilding an earthquake-resilient leprosy hospital in Nepal, parts of which were badly damaged during last year’s earthquake. Find out more…
In Northern Uganda, we built a Vocational Training Centre for former child soldiers to enable vulnerable young people to develop their full potential. Find out more…
Article 25 (initially Architects for Aid) was founded by Maxwell Hutchinson in 2006, the broadcaster and past president of RIBA. Since then we have worked on over 85 projects in 34 countries. Norman Foster, founder and chairman of Foster & Partners, and responsible for some of the world’s most recognisable buildings, is now Article 25's patron.
In 2015, we partnered with ARCHIVE Global – a US based charity that has been a world leader in advancing the use of the architectural design to improve health. ARCHIVE Global was named by Forbes as ‘one of the 8 best sustainability ideas on the planet.’ Following this alliance, our strategic focus, the portfolio of projects and our resulting impacts have been reshaped to highlight our expertise in disaster risk reduction and health-centric design.
Click here to find out more about our work and our partners.