Architects Without Borders Seattle – Multiple Opportunities!

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The Opportunities:

Website Content Management Volunteer
Support life-changing design with your website content management skills! AWB’s website helps share our work with clients, supporters, and volunteers.

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Event Volunteers
Love our mission? Love people? Join us at an upcoming volunteer intake session in August to support our annual fundraiser and celebration of work, Global Entrance 2019 on the evening of October 3rd, 2019.

Reach out to [email protected] to learn more >>

Coope ICT Center, Uganda – Project Team Members
Architects Without Borders Seattle is working in collaboration with Engineers without Borders to design a school for 50 students in a small rural community outside of Gulu, in the north of Uganda. Working with a local NGO, BOSCO (Battery Operated Systems for Community Outreach), the school will be a community hub, providing a space that will act as a learning center, an activity space for community events, and an incubator for small business.

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Nzembol Memorial Foundation, Vocational Training Facility, Cameroon – Volunteer Project Lead
NZEMBOL Memorial Foundation (NMF) is a nonprofit organization in the Bangem, Kupe-Muanenguba Division of the English speaking southwest region of Cameroon. The organization provides meaningful vocational training to youths and young adults in the rural region of Bangem. NMF successfully launched a homestead scholarship program in 2016, and developed a 5-year plan for the expansion of their program and development of the Vocational Training Centre, with the goal of completion by 2023.

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BONG COUNTY SCHOOL in Liberia – Volunteer Project Lead
Many thousands of children went without any education during the 14 year civil war in Liberia. Currently, the Mission of Hope has a school which is operating, but resides in shells of buildings destroyed in war. 400 students grades K-9 are being served in this less than adequate space. Now is the opportunity to re-build as a K-12 non-sectarian sustainable campus, providing special education & counseling to the children of the war, useful agricultural and technical training, along with the basic West African Education curriculum. AWB will provide site planning and schematic design, with selected vignettes, that will inspire the local community and enable the Mission of Hope to raise money for the construction of this project.

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Timelines vary by opportunity.  See each project for more information.


Locations vary by opportunity.  See each project for more information.

How to Apply:

  1. Click each link above for more information on each opportunity.
  2. The AWB Project Committee meets the first Wednesday of every month 6-8PM at the AIA Center for Architecture and Design, 1010 Western Ave, Seattle! Join them to hear about current and potential projects.  See the calendar here >>
  3. Email [email protected] for full information.

About Architects Without Borders – Seattle:

Architects Without Borders-Seattle volunteers collaborate with underserved communities to design and implement ecologically sensitive, culturally appropriate, life-changing projects.

Architects Without Borders-Seattle was founded in 2005 by a group of Seattle architects and designers in response to the devastating Asian tsunami, killing over 230,000 across 14 countries and displacing hundreds of thousands more.

Recognizing the role the architecture, engineering, planning and design community could play in supporting the recovering and rebuilding efforts, this group was called to volunteer their expertise and sought community support for some of its members to visit the area and apply their skills as needed. For those that did not have the ability travel, however, it became clear that there was critical need closer to home as well.

In 2006, Architects Without Borders became a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, and has continued to expand its services to serve communities who would otherwise lack access to design services internationally as well as here in the Puget Sound area.

As our name implies, Architects without Borders-Seattle is part of an international coalition of designers committed to providing pro bono design services to communities in need. AWB-Seattle is the largest chapter in the United States and has helped to seed a number of other chapters around the country, notably Architects Without Borders-Oregon and Architects Without Borders-Austin. Other loosely affiliated chapters exist throughout western Europe.


  • Effective and appropriate design is vital to improving communities and the environment.
  • Collaborative long-term relationships with communities are essential to providing effective design assistance.
  • Exchange of knowledge and skills empowers both communities and designers.
  • Interdisciplinary integrated design solutions maximize the positive impact of our projects.
  • Volunteers are fundamental to our work.

Thoughtfully built infrastructure can help address root causes of poor health and economic development. But all over the world, communities lack access to architecture and design services.

In many communities, people can’t access design services because of financial obstacles or the lack of trained designers. Unfortunately, communities are best able to leverage donor or government funds for projects only after having designs in place. A local government may dedicate funds once blueprints are presented, but community groups cannot provide blueprints without funds to have them done. Similarly, donors may be willing to support the building of a school, but they need an image and budget before they invest their funds.

That’s where we come in. Architects Without Borders-Seattle brings communities in need free design services. Our volunteers partner with communities and engage people in a problem solving process. Through conversations, and at times a site visit, volunteers develop designs and present packages that communities can take to raise funds for their project.

Cover image and ‘about’ text courtesy Architects Without Borders – Seattle.

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