Architectural Association advises on how to rebuild devastated Haiti

The London-based Architectural Association is setting up workshops for design students in Haiti in January – looking to give young people the expertise necessary to rebuild a country devastated by an earthquake in 2010.

 An estimated 316,000 lives were lost in the disaster which saw almost half the country’s building stock destroyed.

 Also, a high level of deforestation – just 2% of the number of trees growing a century ago still exist – has meant that timber for the construction industry is in short supply.

 The workshops will be focussing on lightweight materials, mainly bamboo, being utilised on rebuilding projects.

 Based at Quisqueya University, in the country’s capital Port au Prince, the participants will be working with architects who have been part of the some of the world’s top firms – including Foster + Partners, MAD and Zaha Hadid.

 Students will also be taught 3d modelling techniques as well as the use of software to test aerodynamics.

 Other subjects covered will include representation and rendering programmes so that they will be able to present design proposals to a team of architects, both local and international, upon completing the course.

 Attendance details are available from the Architectural Association Visiting School page under Links and Downloads or by emailing