About Build Change

Shifting Power Since 2004

The Build Change Vision: Every Home is Disaster-Resilient.

Build Change is the global leader in systems change for resilient housing. Our engineers, builders, coders, policy advocates, and lending partners are providing urgently needed housing solutions in the world’s most disaster-prone countries. Shifting power to families since 2004, Build Change has safeguarded over $4.7 billion in housing infrastructure assets across Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia-Pacific, improving the lives of over 1.17 million people by building new or retrofitting more than 230,000 buildings, at the cost of $58 per safer person.


Build Change was founded in 2004 by Dr. Elizabeth Hausler. Learn more about her journey, meet our board of directors, and get to know the members of our globally distributed team.


Build Change has received global recognition in the fields of social innovation, social impact, use of AI for good, leadership, sustainability, and structural engineering. Build Change is the first woman-led organization to win all five major awards for social entrepreneurship:

  • Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship (2017)
  • Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year (2011)
  • Ashoka-Lemelson Fellow (2009)
  • Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Fellow (2006)
  • Echoing Green Fellowship (2004)


Your chance to make a difference every day. Join our global team of talented engineers, coders, program managers, and more as we drive lasting systems to change and make housing safer where it’s needed most. Build Change stands for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in its hiring and daily operations.

Elizabeth at Autodesk 2019


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