Cameron Sinclair

Trained as an architect, Cameron Sinclair has worked in every major natural disaster over the last decade. From post Katrina reconstruction to community led building in Haiti Sinclair has been apart of teams building shelters for communities in 49 countries and has raised over $50M for humanitarian activities. As co-founder of Architecture for Humanity he built schools, health clinics, affordable housing and developed long term sustainable reconstruction programs.

Sinclair is principal designer and founder of the Small Works, a for purpose design firm. They are working on a range of projects including resilient islands, schools and housing for refugees, a sound therapy lab and developing a national healthcare system for South Sudan. Additionally he works for a family foundation on health, education and conservation programs.

Sinclair compiled a number of best selling books, is a visiting professor to a number of universities and holds an honorary doctorate of Architecture. Sinclair was a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, an advisor at USAID and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. As recipient of many awards, Sinclair won the TED prize, the National Design Award and a runner-up for UK Designer of the Year.

Extended Resume

Founder and Design Principal, Small Works
'12 – ongoing
Representative Projects:
Re:Build re-deployable school for Syrian refugees, Jordan
*Re:Build re-deployable medical clinic, Somalia
Refugee Pavilion, Milan, Italy
Breast Cancer Awareness Assoc. HQ
*Sound Therapy Lab, Joshua Tree, CA

*In Development

Executive Director, Private Family Foundation
'14 – '15

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Architecture for Humanity
'99 – '13
Representative Projects:
Post-disaster reconstruction in Grenada, Haiti, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the United States Open Architecture Network (TED Prize)
Siyathemba Football Field and FIFA Football for Hope Centers
Mobile Health Clinic to Combat HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa
Transitional housing for Returning Refugees in Kosovo

Project Architect, Gensler, New York
'00 – '02
Representative Projects:
Lehman Brothers, NY, NY– Member of 9/11 disaster recovery team
School for the International Center of Photography, NY, NY
Office renovations for Goldman Sachs, Baron Funds and Weil Gotshal & Manges, NY, NY
Fresh Kills Landfill, NY, NY – 30-year plan for transforming existing landfill into usable public space

Project Designer, Lauster Radu Architect, New York
'98 – '00
Representative Projects:
Union Health Center, NY, NY – A primary healthcare facility for UNITE!
UNITE! Local 62-32, NY, NY – Union headquarters
Targu-Jiu, Romania – 30-year urban redevelopment plan
Brancusi Sculptural Complex, Targu-Jiu, Romania – Restoration of the Endless Column, Gate of the Kiss and Table of Silence
Harlem Redevelopment Plan, NY, NY – 15-year urban redevelopment plan
Park Slope Food Coop, Brookyln, NY – New retail/commercial space

Assistant Architect, Steve Blatz Architects, New York
'97 – '98
Representative Projects:
GUM Department Store, Moscow, Russia
15 pop-up stores in Europe, Africa and North America
DKNY, Harvey Nichols, London, UK – Renovation of retail space

Education

Bartlett School of Architecture, London, UK
Pre-diploma of Architecture
Thesis: Transitional housing for New York’s’ displaced population

Westminster University, London, UK
Honorary Doctorate in Architecture
Bachelor of Architecture (Honors)
Thesis: Japanese Architecture through the 20th Century

Awards

2015 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards
2013 Building Peace Award
2013 Currystone Vision Award
2009 Royal Society of Arts Bicenterary Medal
2009 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum
2008 National Design Award (Design Patron) 
2006 TED Prize
2005 AIAS Presidential Citation
2005 Target/RISD Emerging Designer of the Year
2005 INDEX: Design to Improve Life Awards (Community)
2005 Lewis Mumford Award for Peace - ADPSR
2004 Design for Humanity Award - American Society of Interior Designers
2004 Selected by Fortune Magazine as one of the Aspen Seven, seven people changing the world for the better
2004 Fast 50 – Fast Company Magazine
2002 Nice Modernist Award - Dwell Magazine
2001 SARA Excellence Awards – International Center of Photography
1999 A.I.A./B.S.A. Willo von Molke Urban Design Honor Award – 30 year urban redevelopment plan, Targu-Jiu, Romania

Teaching Engagements

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; Montana State University, Bozeman, MT and University of Southern California, LA, CA

Advisory Positions

Over the years Cameron has held advisory roles for a number of non-profit organizations and civic institutions including the Ontario College of Art and Design, USAID and the Design Futures Council.