News Release: Architects Without Borders & Habitat For Humanity

May 5th, 2009 · No Comments · Architecture, News Release, Outreach, Students

Beginning today, Architects Without Borders Canada is proud to participate in the construction of 11 Habitat homes. The build will take place this week at the Sir Sam Steele Site at the corner of Nairn Avenue and Chester Street.

“As a group of socially conscious designers, Architects Without Borders Canada continues to foster an ongoing relationship with Habitat for Humanity because we believe that affordable housing is an important issue in Canada and that it should be accessible to everyone,” says Kelley Beaverford, executive director, Architects Without Borders Canada.

She adds: “It is also in our mandate to develop sustainable environments and communities; therefore, we support Habitat in their effort to adopt the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System for these homes.”

Ten volunteers will be required on site for each day of the build. Participants include AWB members as well as students from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture and members of the local design community eager to help Habitat build and get involved with hands-on construction.

Architects Without Borders Canada is a non-profit organization of designers and design students committed to addressing worldwide humanitarian causes. Through design education and services, AWB fosters collaboration between all
design disciplines (including architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and interior design), aid organizations and communities in need to develop responsive, socially empowering, sustainable environments and communities.

For further information, please contact: Kelley Beaverford, executive director, Architects Without Borders Canada, at: 204-474-8654, email: or Laura Rempel, Local Projects Chair, at: 204-287-8411, email:

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