What We Do

Inadequate housing makes it impossible for people, particularly vulnerable and at-risk communities, to achieve health.

ARCHIVE Global (Architecture for Health in Vulnerable Environments) is an award-winning international organization that uses housing design as a key preventative strategy in improving health outcomes in vulnerable communities around the world. Through simple, innovative, and cost-effective built environment interventions paired with community health awareness campaigns, our research has proven that these strategies improve the health-outcomes of our beneficiaries.

Learn more about Our Story.

Our Work

Each of our projects focuses on one specific health concern and one specific built intervention to improve the targeted health concern, and encompass research, the design of the built environment, and advocacy. Communities of need exist in both developing and developed countries, and our projects reflect that. Explore all of our Work.

Handwashing Stations to Combat COVID-19 in Savar, Bangladesh
Savar, Bangladesh
Mud to Mortar
Savar and Dhamrai Upazila, Bangladesh
Ekibada: Our Periods Matter
Maina Parish, Mayuge District, Uganda
Health and Housing in Haiti
Saint-Marc, Haiti
Building Malaria Prevention
Yaoundé, Cameroon
Building Sanitation in Idenau
Idenau Municipality, Cameroon
Sanitation for Health in Delhi
Aya Nagar, Delhi, India
Happy Healthy Households
Brent and Newham, London, UK
Breathe Easy Camden
Camden County, New Jersey, United States
Active Aging in NYC: Design for Health
New York, NY, USA
CHAI Mosquito-Proof Housing in Namibia
Districts of Mashosho, Simanya, Onoonga, Oupale, Onandjamba A, Omatako, Namibia
Building out Chagas
Bolivia
Healthy Air, Healthy Living
Oromia, Ethiopia
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News & Insights

Stay informed with updates, projects, reports, and upcoming events on the ARCHIVE Instagram Feed.

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On the Blog

Find out the latest in health and the built environment on our Blog Feed.

COVID-19 Reminds Us of the Role of Housing in the Fight for Women's Equality

COVID-19 has brought the issue of housing to the forefront as the world was instructed to shelter in place. Unfortunately, the effects of this pandemic have been disproportionately worse for women around the world and has been hard-hitting in key areas like financial stability and economic growth, health and safety, and has hindered progress in […]

Interview with Mario Novas, Director of Hacer Mucho Con Poco

In February, ARCHIVE hosted an exclusive screening of the film Hacer Mucho Con Poco, offering an exciting and inspiring look at a new “architectural movement” coming out of Ecuador. The film focused on how the discipline can be made more accessible through creative uses of local materials and new approaches to funding. Hacer Mucho Con […]

Architecture and Global Health: Demonstrating the Links

The built environment mediates our exposure to the outer world, yet how it does so is rarely discussed- probably because there is little credible evidence in the first place on how exactly actions in the built environment affect health, nutrition, or other spheres of life. How should such a conversation begin? The work that ARCHIVE does in low- […]

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