Project Guidelines

Project Proposals

Many designers have contacted us about seeking support for projects. If you are considering helping to rebuild in a disaster affected-area and are interested in seeking funding for design services through Architecture for Humanity, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Projects must demonstrate a strong partnership with local community groups (affordable housing advocates, women’s groups, food banks, etc.) Preference is given to projects that can demonstrate involvement by a broad array of community members.
  • Preference is given to projects which engage locally-based design teams, or that show a partnership between a design professionals based remotely and a locally-based team.
  • Project partners must be able to demonstrate that they can secure a site on which to build including proof of land title.
  • Project proposals must show need and must be able to demonstrate that the structures will benefit an underserved population that would not otherwise have access to design services.
  • Proposals must include a strong community design component, one that engages the future occupants in all stages of the design process. Preference is given to proposals that include training for community members in best practices of design and construction.
  • Projects should make use of local materials and labor whenever feasible.
  • Projects must demonstrate a commitment to innovative, sustainable, environmentally sensitive design.
  • Projects that demonstrate a commitment to adhere to LEED standards are given preference.
  • Finally, projects are evaluated based on their potential impact by the number of building beneficiaries they have the potential to serve.


Architecture for Humanity establishes design standards and guidelines specific to each project. These guidelines and standards are outlined in the design brief for the project. In addition to ensuring that final designs meet legal and regulatory standards, including applicable local building codes and regulations, the architect of record is responsible for fulfilling Architecture for Humanity’s design brief. The design brief is developed in partnership with community members and design professionals to best reflect the needs and context of the proposed facility and site.

In order to share knowledge and best practices all project work including design files and program information must be posted to the Open Architecture Network.

Grantees are required to comply with Architecture for Humanity’s grant requirements, including cost reporting and design guidelines. Specific requirements are included in our grant application form.

Please contact us for more information.

We welcome proposals at all phases of development, no matter how
preliminary, and are happy to speak with you about potential projects.

Call to Community Groups

If you are a part of a nonprofit group or community organization in a disaster-affected area and are seeking architectural services, please contact us. We have a large database of architects and designers who have expressed interest in partnering with community groups in the rebuilding effort and we’d be happy to connect you with an architect in your area willing to lend their time and their talents to your project.