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. At the time of writing, it represents a coordinated effort of 500 practices from across Australia, willing to dedicate their resources to pro bono work, and additionally 1400 students and graduates of architecture prepared to help when an opportunity becomes available.
“We seek to serve as platform for equity of access to architecture. Like healthcare and legal representation, sustainable and resilient architecture is not a luxury. It is a condition of our future survival and a human right.”
We encourage design outcomes that are
- architecturally considered,
- owner-builder friendly,
- resilient in natural disasters,
- built with sustainable materials,
- compact and spatially efficient,
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. Small businesses or communities 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 simple referral service between clients and registered architects and does not itself provide architectural services.
Our operations are continuously evolving as we are gaining better understanding of our clients’ needs.