“We seek to serve as platform for equity of access to architecture. Like healthcare and legal representation, sustainable, resilient and beautiful architecture is not a luxury, but a pragmatic necessity and a human right.”
As the 2019 bushfires claimed first homes, architecture and design practices begun responding with offers of assistance to those who lost everything and did not have sufficient means to start rebuilding their lives and livelihoods. However, with the growing scale of the disaster, it soon became obvious that the resources of individual firms will not be sufficient to assist all those requiring help.
Architects Assist was established by Jiri Lev on 4 January 2020 as an initiative of the Australian Institute of Architects. In late February 2020, AA begun to integrate professionals from related fields in the built environment industry.
As of July 2020, AA represents a coordinated effort of over 600 firms from across Australia, dedicating their resources to pro bono work, as well as 1500 architecture students and graduates awaiting an opportunity to assist recovery efforts.
Besides the Australian Institute of Architects’ kind contribution towards the AA website development, we don’t have nor accept any sponsorship, gifts or funding.
We encourage built outcomes that are
- architecturally considered,
- owner-builder friendly,
- resilient in natural disasters,
- built with sustainable materials,
- compact and spatially efficient,
- affordable and beautiful.
We aim to enable those affected by the present and future disasters to rebuild their lives, either by themselves or with help from the community, at once or in stages. Local communities and businesses may also apply for assistance.
“Thanks for your assistance in the reconstruction of our home. For your information we are going to contract the architect to assist us with the design and build of this project, following your introduction. We are both excited and looking forward to working together.”Paul, Kangaroo Valley NSW
AA acts as a referral service and does not itself provide architectural services. Our operations are continuously evolving as we are gaining better understanding of our clients’ needs.