Past Opportunities (Design teams have been found to assist these clients):
Herreast Harrison Residence
The Guardians of the Flame
Mardi Gras Indian Museum and Community Center
Left to right: The Harrison residence after the storm; the interior after volunteers helped to gut adn demold the home; Harreast Harrison (right) with her daughter (left.) Below: Donald Harrison Jr. in a mardi gras indian constume designed and beaded by Harreast. All photos: © Tracy Nelson/Architecture for Humanity
Herreast Harrison’s vision is two fold … first is to make her family home in the upper Ninth Ward habitable so that she can bring her scattered family home to the City. A retired daycare provider to two genrations of 9th Ward children, she is in the process of renovating her gutted structure so that in the near future her home will be able to house those members of the family who want to return to New Orleans but are without a place to stay.
The second part of her vision is to develop two lots adjacent to her home into a community center. This Center would house a museum to display the historic artifacts from the Uptown Mardi Gras Indians (currently there is only one museum in New Orleans for the Mardi Gras Indians and it is for the Downtown tribes) which her family has a rich historical tradition in, to create classrooms that would continue the teachings of their culture to the young generation giving them a solid foundation of identity as well as to provide a neutral meeting ground where every Mardi Gras Indian society (of which there are many) would be welcome. The different groups could meet and exchange ideas in this community center and everyone would know that they were part of the continuation of this cultural heritage.
Collaborators on this project include Newcomb College Institute of Tulane, The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, and Architecture for Humanity.
Design work is needed for the creation of a new building that will house the museum, classroom space and the neighborhood community center. Designers must be registered architects or able to partner with a registered architect.
Warner Robins Design Opportunity
Habitat for Humanity's Warner Robins Affiliate is looking for an architect
to work pro bono to assist them in designing a house for a single father
with nine children displaced by Hurricane Katrina in Warner Robins, Georgia.
The home is part of a larger project to revitalize the neighborhood around
it. This is a unique opportunity to both help a family come home and to help
set a higher standard for new housing in an underserved community.
Location: Warner Robins, GA
Partner: Warner Robins Habitat for Humanity
Family: The family consists of a single father, six boys, three girls (ages 6-18).
Site: High Crime residential area, lots of rental duplex homes. City is
demolishing those houses. Habitat has started building new houses and the area
has become safer.
Narrow lots, 35 ft wide, 300ft deep.
Finance: The city gave the lot to Habitat for free (as part of a program to reduce
crime in the area). Construction costs are projected to be around
$50,000-$55,000. The project will be funded by Habitat for Humanity
International and its Warner Robins affiliate.
Timeline: Design Phase: December-January.
Construction: May 2007.
Requirements: Designers should have 3-5 years residential experience. Licensed and unlicensed architects may apply. Licensed architects preferred. Preference will be given to
designers with a local connection/abilty to travel to the site.
Guillen Family Residence
The Guillen family are native Orleanians and moved into their current neighborhood in 2000. Theresa and John have four children and are currently raising their niece making it a family of seven. Their neighborhood was completely flooded from the levee breaking at the Industrial Canal in the Ninth Ward. Up to five feet of water destroyed everything inside the home. Since Katrina, the house has been completely gutted and received mold remediation to the exposed wooden framing. The street where the Guillen house is located is lined with FEMA trailers as the neighborhood works to recover their area.
The Guillen home is a one story brick house on a slab foundation and at present has approximately 1500 square feet of living space. The dream of this young family is to expand the house to accommodate their children growing older and the need for individual space. Currently their niece is a senior in high school while the four youngest children range between the ages of 10 and 2 years old.
Design services are needed to expand the existing kitchen area to provide space for the large family and to add a second story onto the rear of the structure extending into the backyard, thus creating the necessary bedrooms for the children.
This is a small project for most firms and architectural services are almost impossible to come by in a city trying to recover half a million homes. This family needs to return to their community and get out of the rental unit they are currently trying to survive in.
Designers must be registered architects or able to partner with a registered architect. If you are interested in helping this family return home please contact,