About Architects Assist
As the 2019 bushfires claimed their first homes, architecture and design practices began responding with offers of assistance to those who lost everything and did not have sufficient means to start rebuilding their lives and livelihoods. However, with the growing scale of the disaster, it soon became obvious that the resources of individual practices would not be sufficient to assist all those requiring help.
Architects Assist was established by Jiri Lev on 4 January 2020 as an Australian Institute of Architects initiative. In late February 2020, Architects Assist began to integrate professionals from related fields in the built environment industry.
By July that year, Architects Assist represented a coordinated effort of over 600 practices from across Australia, dedicating their resources to providing pro bono or reduced fees services and 1500 architecture students and graduates awaiting an opportunity to assist recovery efforts.
We aim to enable those affected by the present and future disasters to rebuild their lives, either by themselves or with help from the community, at once or in stages. Local communities and businesses may also apply for assistance.
We encourage built outcomes that are:
- architecturally considered
- owner-builder friendly
- resilient in natural disasters
- built with sustainable materials
- compact and spatially efficient
- affordable and beautiful.
Architects Assist acts as a referral service and does not itself provide architectural services. Architects Assist does not receive nor accept any sponsorship, gifts or funding.
In partnership with Taubmans
Taubmans is a proud PPG Architectural coatings brand in Australia. Your local Taubmans team supports the industry with a high-quality range of colour and paint for residential and commercial projects. Taubmans is proud to be one of the Australian Institute of Architects’ major partners supporting the Architects Assist initiative.
Being in it together with the community is a key part of what we do at Taubmans which is why we are proud to support Architects Assist.