London, UK

The London Chapter supports communities in need through design. Our mission is to promote architectural and design solutions in response to global, social and humanitarian crises. Key to this is listening to and respecting what people are concerned about and what they want.

The London Chapter was set up over ten years ago. Our projects are based both locally and abroad and they include design services, outreach and public events. In London, our projects include the Brixton Remakery, a vibrant centre for recycling, and collaborations with the homeless charity, Crisis, to provide temporary shelter for people living rough and Fareshare which redistributes food to people in need and campaigns against food wastage. Notable among our overseas projects are the Arnica Drying Centre in Romania and the Balimtar infant school in the Ghorka district of Nepal. The London Chapter's board of trustees are Katherine McNeil, Alasdair Dixon, Kimmberly Lau, Ralph Buschow, Elisa Engel, Barbara Paagman, Beth Worth

  • 2006

    Date Founded

  • 12+

    Projects Completed

  • 7

    Active Members

In addition to design projects, we have been active in outreach and public events at summer festivals WOMAD (World Music and Dance) and Wilderness. Clerkenwell Design Week (2013) invited the London Chapter to create a series of public space installations. We designed four ‘Huts’ made from recycled materials, each around a different theme.

The Remakery Hut is a homage to Brixton Remakery, a co-working space for local re-use and upcycling enterprises in south London, which Architecture for Humanity helped to design. [...] This one was my favourite, I loved the hodge-podge of reclaimed windows and the little letterbox with the number ’43’.

— Cate St Hill

  • 2013

    Date Completed

  • 4

    Huts Made

Photo by Cate St Hill - blogger

The Brixton Remakery is a workshop hub which reclaims and transforms discarded items into new things. AFH London designed and helped build the Remakery, in a discarded derelict underground car park. One of the aims of the Remakery is to provide skills training and employment opportunities for local people. The Remakery was a self-build project, with support from the community.

Whether it’s carpentry, bikes, IT, metal work… But we’re also using “remake” in its broader sense: we’re remaking people, so we’re teaching them new skills and helping them change their lives for the better.

— Rebekah Phillips

  • 2013

    Date Completed

  • Find out more about the Remakery in this episode of Al Jazeera’s programme Earthrise, filmed at the Remakery in summer 2013.


  • Follow the Remakery on twitter for updates on current events.


  • The Remakery facebook page!


Ideas on a Postcard, Please' invited people to think up projects that would benefit London.

Everything begins with an idea… so make sure you register all of them, even if it’s just on a postcard; you never know which one might turn into something real.

— Decor-Art

  • 2012

    Date Completed

  • 200+

    Postcards Received

  • Check out all the postcards here!


  • Here is blog created for the competition, it also includes more projects we worked on as the competition was going on.

    Ideas on a Postcard!

The London Chapter hosted a charity print sale & auction to raise funds for the long term reconstruction in the tsunami devastated north east region of Japan. Photographs were submitted following an open call for images. The brief was to evoke and celebrate Japanese culture. The response was overwhelming with over 500 entries from both established and emerging photographers from all around the world. The proceeds went to Architecture for Humanity’s Japan reconstruction programme who were working on the ground in Sendai at the time.

  • 2011

    Date Completed

  • 500+

    Entries submitted