Cameron Sinclair is the co-founder and 'chief eternal optimist' (CEO) for Architecture for Humanity, a charitable organization which builds architecture and design solutions to humanitarian crises, and provides pro-bono design and construction services to communities in need. Over the past thirteen years the organization has worked in forty eight countries and has over seventy independent city-wide chapters. Projects range from schools, health clinics, affordable housing and long term sustainable reconstruction after natural and man-made disasters.
Sinclair and Architecture for Humanity co-founder Kate Stohr compiled the bestselling books Design Like You Give A Damn 1 and 2. He is currently writing a third book on the future of social impact architecture for Einaudi press (Italian only). As a teacher and visiting professor is heavily involved in bringing socially relevant design into academia and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Westminster.
Sinclair is a recipient of the TED prize and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. In 2008 Sinclair and Stohr were named as recipients of the National Design Awards and the following year jointly awarded the Bicentenary Medal by the Royal Society of Arts for increasing people’s resourcefulness. In 2011 Sinclair was made a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council and took an advisory role at USAID.
Sinclair is the founder of The Department of Small Works, a for profit 'do tank' that focuses on implementing micro interventions and seed funding social impact start-ups. As a strong believer in cultural diplomacy the firm has been developing a series of agit-prop projects to re-think cultural and civic life within the social fabric.