Architecture for Humanity is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crisis and brings design services to communities in need. They believe that where resources and expertise are scarce, innovative, sustainable and collaborative design can make a difference.

By tapping a network of professionals willing to lend their time and their talents to helping those who would not otherwise be able to afford their services, Architecture for Humanity supports community development, helps communities rebuild after disaster, and provides pro bono design services to community partners around the world.

Through the power of professional design, Architecture for Humanity builds safer, more sustainable,
and highly innovative structures–structures that become assets to their communities and ongoing symbols
of the ability of people to come together to envision a better future.

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Project Executive Summary

Current Business Process and Project Objectives:

This project dealt with a nonprofit organization in the building design and construction sector that has been experiencing rapid growth. the objective of the strategy plan was to address the following problem statement: What is the optimal relationship between Architecture for Humanity’s Headquarters (HQ) and its chapters that would allow the organization to thrive, where thrive consists of financial solvency and an active, committed partnership with a decentralized professional network?

Sustainability Impacts:

Project impact is social and economic, enabling Architecture for Humanity to better achieve its mission of bringing design, construction, and development services where they are most critically needed.

Methods:

Scenario Planning, Business Model Canvas, SROI calculations

Recommendations or Conclusions:

  1. Develop a decentralized nodal structure in the near-term, with an ultimate aim of functioning as a distributed network in the long-run.
  2. Fund the network by strengthening existing revenue streams, rather than developing new ones.
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