Under the umbrella of Humanitarian Architecture, the WiT Programme considers the thematic areas of Sustainable Built Environment, Cultural Heritage and Development, and Humanitarian Responses.
Humanitarian architecture aims at the betterment of living conditions of vulnerable communities.
It engages with the primary needs of humans in precarious situations, concentrating on processes rather than products.
It considers emergency relief, transitional shelters and reconstruction in disaster or conflict zones.
Humanitarian architecture can equally be understood as long term recovery and poverty alleviation, participatory planning and as community engagement in vulnerable communities.
It can also refer to culturally appropriate and locally adapted architectural design solutions in low resource settings.