Architects Without Borders (AWB) Canada


Architects Without Borders Canada is a volunteer organization committed to assisting communities affected by poverty, disaster or pandemic. One of our primary objectives is to promote the humanitarian aspects of design while engaging in meaningful partnerships with affected communities.


What do we do?

Empower disadvantaged communities by helping them to achieve their goals

Educate communities and professionals about socially responsible design

Support members of the design professions at home and abroad

Partner with non-profit organizations and community groups

Advocate global citizenship in the design community and beyond

Write, present, organize workshops, recruit volunteers, and support community partners in their efforts to work with local design professionals


What do we not do?

We do not represent ourselves as architects unless we are registered architects

We do not compete with practicing professionals at home or abroad

We do not undertake any project or program that involves the practice of architecture without the direct responsible oversight of a registered architect

We do not create or seek projects

We do not profit from our work

We do not discriminate based on race, religion, political, social, cultural or any other field of public life


Who are we?

Founded in 2005 by a small group of architects, designers, academics and students at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba

Current membership consists of 50% design professionals/academics and 50% students


What are the benefits of volunteering for Architects Without Borders Canada?

Be a part of a diverse community of designers who are committed to assisting communities affected by poverty, disaster or pandemic

Gain hands-on experience working on socially and environmentally sustainable projects

Grow your professional network

Play an essential role in serving the communities we support globally

Expand your understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the design professionals in a global context

To see our by-laws click here