"Getting local buy-in is vital in the project. The more we got them involved, the more we had a chance of these things becoming sustainable into the future.”
"The actual process was challenging - you learn so much. It's full-on; they involve you. I learned how they constructed it and why, from the foundation to the roof.”
Karen Parker-homeowner, Parker Residence
"Sometimes we feel overwhelmed with the many challenges that lay ahead. However, when we see the smile on children’s faces at the youth center, it motivates us to do more and makes it all worth it.”
Naomi Sato-Kitakami "We Are One" Market and Youth Center
"Amidst all our students, some may become lawyers, others become doctors or architects that help this country, and the first step is this school."
Wilson D’Or-headmaster,Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger
Architecture for Humanity and Alcoa Foundation have come together to support the realization of community-based projects that explore innovations in design, materials and building systems. This cross-sector collaboration between Alcoa, Alcoa Foundation, Architecture for Humanity and seven universities in five countries will work to educate the next generation of architects, engineers and material designers while supporting real-world design-build projects that positively impact both the environment and the local community.
Pillars of Sustainable Education highlights four areas of focus for grant recipients: Education, Sustainable and Integrated Design, Actionable Solutions, and Community Impact. Each university is integrating curriculum on the uses of sustainable materials in building systems and partnering with a local nonprofit organization to take their lessons in material innovation and apply them to real-world projects. The program will assist in sharing research, applications and materials across both professional and academic channels: ultimately, it will support the realization of real-world community-based projects.