Emergency Architecture & Human Rights works and builds for socially vulnerable communities around the globe that face inequality, humanitarian crisis and violation of their human rights.


Emergency Architecture & Human Rights (EAHR) was officially founded in October 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The same year, our sister organization, Arquitectura Emergencia y Derechos Humanos, was formed in Santiago de Chile.

After the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, and series of catastrophic tsunamis that followed in its wake, the team behind EAHR recognized that the profession of architecture had forgotten the most vulnerable people of the world and the significant impact architecture could have on building resilience and stimulating development before and after emergencies.

In the following years, EAHR conducted more than 25 workshops on architecture in humanitarian emergencies at different universities in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America. Furthermore, EAHR and its experienced team have completed various humanitarian construction projects in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South America.


We believe that Architecture is a Human Right. Every person has the right to have creative and safe developmental buildings and surroundings. We perceive architecture as a mediator that preserves and develops a community’s heritage and its unique ways of creating a sustainable living and co-existence.

As an embodiment for universal human rights, including the rights to education and housing, architecture gives dignity to communities as it forms a capacity to answer, influence and re-imagine one’s needs and life situation.

We believe in Architecture that works with and for local communities, with locally-sourced materials as well as advancing local construction methods and democratic processes as a means to building human rights and achieving the UN Sustainable Development goals for 2030.


It is our mission to generate social, economic and environmental change by building resilience in people & communities. By working together with local communities and partners on co-creative projects and by assisting governments and the international community we develop new solutions justified by scientific reason with the aim of improving vulnerable people’s livelihood.

We build resilience in people and communities