WiT Programme

Humanitarian architecture

Humanitarian architecture engages in designing and planning of human settlements in vulnerable conditions, ranging from short term emergency situations to long term poverty alleviation.

Under the umbrella of Humanitarian Architecture, the WiT Programme considers the thematic areas of Sustainable Built Environment, Cultural Heritage and Development, and Humanitarian Responses.
HumArch WiT Programme

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. 

Image of a women's center in Senegal
Image: Helena Sandman

Blog posts

Woman, child and house in Zanzibar

Humanitarian architecture – what does it mean?

Written by Saija Hollmén, 8th of June 2023

WiT Programme

Read more about real-life project experiences

A women's centre in Senegal built by the Ukumbi NGO

Ukumbi projects (external link)

Ukumbi is a Finnish NGO with the mission to offer architectural services to communities in need. Find out more about Ukumbi's real-life projects!

Architects team picture Benin

WiTLAB alumni stories

Meet the professionals who have participated in WiTLAB's courses and collaborative projects through time



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