When Humanitarians and Sustainable Design Collide

When Humanitarians and Sustainable Design Collide

Inspired by more than the American Dream, Journeyman International partners university students with local and global humanitarian organizations to complete meaningful projects.
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A hospital that will be built in Western Burkina Faso by Journeyman International.

A church and post disaster center that will be built in Tacloban, Philippines by Journeyman International.

Journeyman International President, Daniel Wiens.

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Daniel Wiens was getting ready to graduate from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California with a degree in construction management. Most students were preparing to work on theoretical thesis projects. He decided there had to be a more practical, meaningful approach so he partnered with an architecture student and they designed and built a dental clinic in Belize.

This would mark the beginning of Journeyman International (JI).

A non-profit founded in 2009, JI's goal is to partner student designers with humanitarian organizations, both locally and globally, to provide sustainable design and construction methods to communities who need it the most.

The brilliance of what Wiens has done is to tap into an existing pool of zealous students desiring to not only use their college educations, but to also create positive change in the world.

"Today's architecture, engineering and construction management students are the most talented, creative and passionate folks I have ever been around. Most importantly, they have a 'world-changing' attitude that is infectious. This is definitely the case at Cal Poly, but also true at other universities around the world," says Wiens. "To be honest, in many regards I would rather work with a student on a design project than someone who has been shaped by the status quo of the industry."

The majority of students currently come out of Cal Poly but Wiens says they are preparing to introduce opportunities to students at any university.

Journeyman International currently offers three programs.

Summer Studio is a 10-week program for upper level architectural students. The University Thesis Program is a 9-month long program that pairs up senior architecture students with humanitarian projects. And the Emerging Professionals Program gives students the opportunity to earn IDP core hours outside of the workplace by working on real projects with real clients. 


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