“We seek to promote equity of access to architecture. Like healthcare and legal representation, sustainable, resilient, healthy and beautiful living environment is not a luxury but a pragmatic necessity and a human right.”Jiri Lev, founder
As the 2019 bushfires claimed first homes, architecture and design practices begun 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 firms will not be sufficient to assist all those requiring help.
Architects Assist was established by Jiri Lev on 4 January 2020 as an initiative of the Australian Institute of Architects. In late February 2020, AA begun to integrate professionals from related fields in the built environment industry.
By July that year AA represented a coordinated effort of over 600 firms from across Australia, dedicating their resources to pro bono work, as well as 1500 architecture students and graduates awaiting an opportunity to assist recovery efforts.
“The role of the architect in assisting people affected by natural disaster is not limited solely to design and architecture. We help clients come to terms with their situation and work through their options, while listening to their stories and grieving. By providing positive inspirational ideas, support and assistance we help clients to move forward.”David Brown, architect
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.
“Thanks for your assistance in the reconstruction of our home. We are going to contract the architect to assist us with the design and build of this project, following your introduction. We are both excited and looking forward to working together.”Paul, client
AA acts as a referral service and does not itself provide architectural services. Our operations are continuously evolving as we are gaining better understanding of our clients’ needs.
Besides the Australian Institute of Architects’ kind contribution towards our website development, AA does not receive nor accept any sponsorship, gifts or funding.