May 24, 2019. The JTI Foundation profiles its work with Build Change to improve housing in informal settlement communities in Manila, Philippines.
“Understanding and Engaging the Informal Sector for Resilient Housing Across the Caribbean”
May 17, 2019. In this blog for the Understanding Risk- Caribbean conference, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler and her co-authors describe how lessons from Jamaica can improve resilience throughout the region.
“Resiliency Panel: Smarter, Stronger Housing Can Lessen Disaster Impact”
May 15, 2019. Emma Watkins of Lloyd’s, Chesley Williams of RMS, Doris Azarcon of SCOR and Michelle Nicholson of Build Change discuss how impact treks can be used to improve the disaster resiliency of countries like the Philippines.
“Better Housing Would Alleviate Impact of Disasters”
May 14, 2019. Al Norris, Build Change’s Risk and Resilience Program Manager in Nepal, discusses how retrofitting existing or earthquake-damaged homes protects families from future disasters.
“Nepal Earthquake: 4 Years On”
April 23, 2019. The American Red Cross continues to work in Nepal to help families recover from the 2015 earthquake, with technical support from Build Change.
“Better Tools for Seismic Detection”
April 19, 2019. This op-ed in the Kathmandu Post makes the case for increased use of AI and apps, such as those used by Build Change, to make a more disaster-resilient Nepal.
“There’s No Place Like Home!” Podcast
April 18, 2019. The World Bank launched a new podcast series as a part of the Global Program for Resilient Housing featuring Dr. Elizabeth Hausler, among other speakers.
“Build Change: Easier, Never Simple”
April 17, 2019. Juan Carlos Restrepo, the 2018-2019 Simpson Strong-Tie Fellow for Engineering Excellence, describes his experience so far with Build Change.
“Tracking Goats and Bleach, Artificial Intelligence Helps out in Crises”
April 11, 2019. Among many other applications, artificial intelligence can be used to help people rebuild more quickly following earthquakes, said Dr. Elizabeth Hausler.
“Getting to the Root of the Problem- AI for Good”
April 11, 2019. This article in Medium explores the question of whether AI is inherently good or bad, with Dr. Elizabeth Hausler providing the international development perspective.
“Resilient Shelter for a Changing Climate”
April 11, 2019. In an interview with Emily Kasriel of the BBC on Facebook Live, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler describes how homes can be retrofitted to make them more resistant to earthquakes and windstorms.
“Skoll Panel on AI and Human Rights”
April 10, 2019. This panel at the Skoll World Forum involved innovators from a variety of fields (including Dr. Elizabeth Hausler of Build Change) who are exploring how to use AI to solve social problems, rather than add to them.
“Impactful Resilience Building in Communities”
March 21, 2019. The 2019 RMS Impact Trek to the Philippines produced a final presentation which was shared an an Asian Development Bank Knowledge Event.
“Impact Trek 2019: Destination Philippines”
March 18, 2019. This post on the RMS blog from trekker James Cosgrove reveals why the Philippines, the world’s third-most disaster prone country, was chosen as the site of this year’s trek.
March 17, 2019. Trekker Daniel Stander describes a snapshot of Manila, Philippines, and the role that resilience finance can play in protecting lives and property from future disasters.
“Meet the RMS Impact Trekkers”
March 15, 2019. Profiles of five of the RMS staff that participated in the 2019 Impact Trek.
“Meet the Trekkers”
March 11, 2019. Profiles of staff from Lloyd’s of London, Chaucer, and SCOR who participated in the 2019 Impact Trek.
“UN Observance of International Women’s Day 2019- Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”
March 8, 2019. Dr. Elizabeth Hausler participated on a panel with Lorraine Twohill, Chief Marketing Officer, Google and Kiara Nirghin, Student, Scientist and Innovator.
“Saving Lives Through Partnership”
February 7, 2019. Lizzie Blaisdell Collins and representatives from Simpson Strong-Tie explain how the Fellowship for Engineering Excellence helps to ensure the quality of Build Change’s housing retrofits worldwide.
“TED Talk: How To Build Safer Housing After a Disaster”
February 6, 2019. With 3 billion people projected to live in substandard housing by 2030, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler declares it’s time for a housing revolution.
“Designing for Risk in Innovation”
January 9, 2019. This article describe Build Change’s approach to establishing demand for housing retrofit financing in the Philippines.
“Improving School Buildings In Indonesia”
January 1, 2019. Structure Magazine featured this article on how Build Change has protected students in Indonesia by retrofitting informally-built school buildings.
November 9, 2018. A team of Build Change coders were runners up in IBM’s global ‘Call for Code’ challenge and are profiled by the Silicon Valley podcast Technology for Good.
IBM Developer Blog
October 27, 2018. IBM’s Developer blog sings the praises of Build Change’s PD3R team, which was the runner up in IBM’s 2018 ‘Call for Code’ challenge for their use of Artificial Intelligence in pursuit of structural integrity after disasters.
Build Change and World Bank Launch New Resilient Housing Program
October 3, 2018. The new Global Program for Resilient Housing will increase the global development on retrofitting existing substandard buildings to better withstand natural disasters, according to Civil + Structural Engineer.
May 15, 2018.Each year, RMS sends a team to support Build Change efforts around the world, as Daily Mail & General Trust details in this press release.
May 10, 2018. Joe Speicher, Executive Director of Autodesk Foundation, shares insights on Building Back Better after natural disasters.
RCN Radio Colombia
April 2018. (Spanish) Juan Caballero, Director of Programs and Alliances of Build Change in Latinamerica and with Juan Martínez, Autodesk Foundation Volunteer, spoke about Build Change’s mission in Colombia to prevent damages, economic losses, and tragedies caused by the collapse of homes and schools due to earthquakes and other natural disasters in vulnerable areas.
April 24, 2018. (Spanish) Cities in Colombia have recognized the dangers posed by unsafe housing in the case of an earthquake. Build Change is working with the Autodesk Foundation and city officials to make housing safer before a disaster occurs.
April 23, 2018. (Spanish) More than 10 million people live in unsafe housing in Colombia. Find out how we are working with Autodesk Foundation to make informal housing safer in this article.
Gerencia de Edificios
April 24, 2018.(Spanish) We are grateful to have been able to work with Autodesk Foundation and Team4Tech in Colombia. Read more about our week here.
The Himalayan Times
April 24, 2018. Thousands of homeowners demolished their damaged houses after the 2015 earthquake in Nepal when they could have saved them through retrofitting. Read more in this article featuring our Country Director in Nepal, Noll Tufani.
April 19, 2018. (Spanish) Autodesk Foundation joined forces with our staff in Colombia in April 2018 to contribute to positive changes in the construction industry.
April 17, 2018. Retrofitting is changing the reconstruction game in Nepal, and we are so proud to be a part of it. There are challenges, of course, but so much opportunity as well.
March 12, 2018. How products and buildings are designed for climate change are addressed in this interview with Joe Speicher, Executive Director of the Autodesk Foundation, and Chad Frischmann from Project Drawdown.
Trinidad & Tobago Newsday
January 8, 2018. As the Carribean rebuilds after Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma, Build Change is proud of be supporting communities and governments in evaluating rebuilding techniques as mentioned in this article.
December 20, 2017. Jeff Schlarb, a long-time friend of Build Change, hosted this interview with Elizabeth Hausler on his podcast.
The Insurance Journal
December 18, 2017. The Charity Edition of The Insurance Journal featured our partners at Risk Managment Solutions and their annual Trek to support Build Change programs.
December 11, 2017. What would earthquake-proof cities look like? See examples of how Build Change and other initiatives are making this a reality in this article.
Arch Street Press Innovate Podcast
November 12, 2017. The Innovate Podcast focuses on dialogue with international cultural leaders, social entrepreneurs, and leading scholars engaged in transformative action and creative collaboration. We are honored to have our Founder & CEO featured in this episode.
October 25, 2017. “Operating in areas where building codes are often not enforced, Build Change has its own set of rules based on structural engineering analysis that can be adapted to each home.” Thanks to our partners at ANA Blue Wing for this article in Forbes!
October 10, 2017. This article uses Build Change as an example of how social enterprises contribute to solving social problems.
September 15, 2017. “Haiti: Mission Accomplished in Christ Roi” is a blog published by one of our partners, Solidarites International, about our project in the Christ Roi neighborhood of Port-au-Prince.
September 7, 2017. Insurance-linked securities investors may soon influence the outcome of informal neighborhoods in South America due to Build Change’s retrofitting programs. Read more in this article in the Autumn issue of Insider Quarterly.
Simpson Strong-Tie Structural Engineering Blog
August 17, 2017. Meet the first Simpson Strong-Tie Engineering Excellence Fellow, James Mwangi, in this blog by Simpson Strong-Tie.
Challenges Magazine – Haiti
August 2017. Build Change projects in Haiti are featured in this edition of Challenges Magazine.
Change Creator Magazine
July 2017. Dr. Elizabeth Hausler was featured on the cover of Change Creator Magazine, focusing on social innovation and the story that led up to her accepting a 2017 Skoll Award on behalf of Build Change.
The World Bank Sustainable Cities Blog
July 25, 2017. “It is time for resilience to become part of the definition of “decent, affordable, and safe housing.”’ This article by Luis Triveno on the World Bank Sustainable Cities blog, co-authored by our Founder & CEO and other experts in the field, urges people to look at substandard housing as a “life-or-death” emergency.
June 20, 2017. “Cities Taking Action: How the 100RC Network is Building Urban Resilience” focuses on how the 100 Resilient Cities network of organizations, cities, and supporters are making cities safer around the world.
June 8, 2017. “The last thing we want to do after an earthquake is put someone in a more traumatic condition where they’re given a house and they don’t believe it’s strong enough to protect their family,” Hausler says in this interview with Boulder Weekly. “We have learned and the industry has learned how necessary it is to engage the homeowner in the decision-making process.”
The World Bank Blog
June 7, 2017. As a part of the World Bank Cities Sustainable Communities blog series, Elizabeth Hausler & Luis Triveno look to retrofitting as a housing policy that could almost pay for itself.
Building Enclosure Online
May 17, 2017. The new Simpson Strong-Tie Engineering Excellence Fellowship was launched in May.
Biz Khabar – Nepal
May 10, 2017. (Original text in Nepali). Surakshit Ghar, a mobile application developed by Build Change for the Nepal National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has been officially launched.
Ujyaalo Online – Nepal
May 10, 2017. (Original text in Nepali) Your mobile phones will now be useful for building safer houses. The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has introduced Surakshit Ghar app in order to build earthquake resistant safer houses.
The Kathmandu Post – Nepal
May 10, 2017. The Kathmandu Post published this article following a press conference announcing the release of the Surakshit Ghar app, developed by the Build Change team in Nepal to support homeowners in safe reconstruction.
Abhiyan Daily – Nepal
May 10, 2017. Abhiyan Daily published an article on the release of Surakshit Ghar app. NRA had officially launched the app developed through the support of Build Change by organizing a press conference on Tuesday.
Nepal Khabar – Nepal
May 10, 2017. The earthquake affected citizens of Nepal can now get information on safe reconstruction through a mobile app. The mobile app has been developed by Build Change for Nepal.
Kharibot Online Newspaper- Kathmandu, Nepal
May 10, 2017. Surakshit Ghar, a mobile application developed by Build Change for the Nepal National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has been officially launched.
My República – Kathmandu, Nepal
May 9, 2017. The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has launched a mobile application ‘Surakshit Ghar’ to support reconstruction in Nepal. The app was developed by Build Change’s team in Nepal.
Wall Street Journal
May 4, 2017. “The resulting peace of mind extends well beyond the value of sturdy, reinforced walls,” details this article in the Wall Street Journal.
April 28, 2017. Humanosphere interviewed Elizabeth Hausler in this podcast about how she came to found Build Change, and how Build Change works with communities around the world to protect homes from disaster.
April 20, 2017. Cadalyst interviewed Build Change staff about our unique approach to using drones in Nepal, and our work sponsored by Lenovo.
Find Your Good
April 7, 2017. This article details how Build Change works alongside homeowners, builders, and our other partners to create permanent change in the construction industry.
April 6, 2017. The Manila Standard’s article on Makati City and their earthquake guidelines mentioned Build Change and our partnership with Makati City to retrofit homes to prevent collapse.
Social Design Insights Podcast from Curry Stone Design Prize
April 6, 2017. Listen in to the Social Design Insights Podcast episode “Build Change – A Homeowner-Driven Approach to Rebuilding After Disaster” with Elizabeth Hausler.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
April 4, 2017. This article by Thomson Reuters Foundation details Elizabeth Hausler’s experience as a young bricklayer, and how that ultimately led her to founding Build Change.
B Magazine on Medium
March 27, 2017. “As a Ph.D. candidate in civil engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, Hausler wrote her dissertation on liquefaction,” this article by B Magazine details. Read more about how Build Change was founded, and what led to our selection as one of the 2017 Awardees for the Skoll Awards.
The Denver Post
March 27, 2017. Build Change was featured in The Denver Post as a part of the announcement that Elizabeth Hausler and our organization won a 2017 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
The Philippine Star
March 25, 2017. Kate Landry was featured in this article about our partnership with the ARISE networks in the Philippines.
March 2017. Our retrofitting program and engineering team in Bogota, Columbia was featured by local news station, City TV.
Philippines Daily Inquirer
March 9, 2017. Our retrofitting project in the City of Makati, in Metro Manila, is featured in this article on the dangers posed by the fault line running through the area.
January 31, 2017. Our Founder and CEO, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler was featured in this article on the ways entrepreneurs sought to make a difference after an eye-opening travel experience
November 10, 2016. Our drone project in Nepal and retrofitting program in Colombia are featured in this article in See Change Magazine.
El Tiempo – Bogotá, Colombia
November 9, 2016. (Spanish) This article focuses on the importance of retrofitting before the next disaster in Colombia, and how Build Change is working alongside local government to retrofit at-risk houses in the country.
November 7, 2016. The Huffington Post authored this article for Glocal Khabar on “7 Social Innovators Accelerating Change in Nepal”. Our staff member Kuldeep Aryal was featured as one of these innovators.
November 2, 2016. Fast Company’s Design section published this article focused on resiliency to disasters, and specifically on IDEO.org’s efforts to support this cause. Our program in informal settlements in Metro Manila, Philippines is one of the projects featured.
September 22, 2016. This Indonesian newspaper featured our Better Building Materials program in Padang, West Sumatera.
Claims Management Magazine
July 2016. Claims Management Magazine featured this interview with Build Change Board member Grace Hanson.
July 14, 2016. (Spanish) The Colombian newspaper La República published this interview with Juan Caballero, in which he details the importance of public- and private-sector involvement in retrofitting cities.
Les echos du Nord – Gabon
June 25, 2016. (French) Les echos du Nord in Gabon participated in Impact Journalism Day 2016 and featured this article on Build Change.
L’Actu / Mon Quotidien – France
June 25, 2016. (French) L’Actu / Mon Quotidien published this article in France for Impact Journalism Day 2016.
La Tribune de Genève – Switzerland
June 25, 2016. (French) For Impact Journalism Day, the Swiss paper La Tribune de Genève published this article about Build Change programs.
El Heraldo – Honduras
June 25, 2016. (French) For Impact Journalism Day, El Heraldo published this article in French about Build Change programs.
The Straits Times – Singapore
June 25, 2016. The Straits Times featured this article on our work in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 as a part of Impact Journalism Day 2016.
Le Soir – Belgium
June 25, 2016. (French) The Belgian newspaper Le Soir featured this article on Build Change as a part of Impact Journalism Day 2016.
The Philippine Star
June 25, 2016. The Philippine Star highlighted our program in the Philippines as a part of Impact Journalism Day 2016.
L’Express de Madagascar
June 25, 2016. (French) L’Express of Madagascar shared Build Change’s story as a part of Impact Journalism Day 2016.
June 21, 2016. Solidsmack featured Build Change and our partnership with Lenovo in this piece on our methods for changing how reconstruction takes place.
El Espectador – Bogotá, Colombia
June 6, 2016. (Spanish) El Espectador interviewed Juan Caballero regarding the challenges faced and solutions implemented by our retrofitting program in Bogotá.
El Tiempo – Bogotá, Colombia
April 30, 2016. El Tiempo published this article (originally in Spanish) about Juan Caballero and Ricardo Ramirez’s presentation on the Colombian Seismic Retrofitting Manual in Bogotá.
World Vision Nepal
April 21, 2016. Community theater is a long-standing tradition in Nepal, which Build Change leverages to spread word about safe reconstruction techniques. This program is featured in World Vision’s article “Harnessing Theater to Build Change” by Aaron Aspi.
April 6, 2016. Build Change is featured in “The rural resilience challenge – poor construction quality a key factor behind high casualties” by Helen Roeth at CSR Asia.
March 8, 2016. Build Change is featured in the article “Why Women are the Architects of Our Sustainable Future” in Eco-Business, highlighting how women and girls are more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
Civil & Structural Engineer Magazine
February 1, 2016.Jennifer Pazdon, an engineer who has worked with Build Change in Nepal, Indonesia, and now the Philippines, describes how we “address challenges to design and construction of disaster-resistant homes and schools in emerging nations” in this article published in Civil & Structural Engineer Magazine.
January 11, 2016. Elizabeth Hausler speaks to Build Change’s open-source methodology to support the spread of safe building techniques. “Build Change’s design and safe construction guidelines are now used by dozens of other NGOs and have been adopted by seven major relief agencies” writes
December 18, 2015.Elizabeth describes “working with governments from the start, right after a disaster, to change the way they approach the reconstruction” in this article published by the World Economic Forum in conjunction with the Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneurs program.
Swiss Re Foundation
November 5, 2015. “The municipalities of Bogota and Medellin, for example, have allocated funds for retrofitting, or strengthening, homes in neighborhoods prioritized for this type of intervention,” details this article from Swiss Re Foundation.
November 2015. “Everyone has the right to a safe house, regardless of income,” says Elizabeth Hausler in this Up Close feature in the American Society for Engineering Education’s monthly PRISM publication.
October 30, 2015.Build Change’s report on Nepal is cited in this article by Next City, proving “better brickwork, steel reinforcement and other modern techniques helped buildings withstand the quake”.
World Economic Forum Blog
October 19, 2015. “Up to 60 % of all urban plots in Colombia have an informal building on them. The chances are very high that this building would not withstand a large earthquake.,” Elizabeth Hausler says in this entry on the World Economic Forum’s blog.
October 7, 2015. “The key to strengthening buildings so they can withstand high winds and ground shifts lies in confined masonry (reinforced concrete to tie together load-bearing walls),” Elizabeth Hausler says in this article with Autodesk’s Line/Shape/Space publication.
September 14, 2015. ” Following the 2003 earthquake in Bam, Iran, Elizabeth saw reports that most of the 26,000 deaths were caused by collapse of unreinforced masonry and mud brick homes” says Huffington Post in this blog entry about Echoing Green and Build Change.
July 3, 2015. “This civil engineer is building houses to withstand earthquakes and hurricanes”
“I look at housing as a basic human right — everyone has the right to a safe house that can protect them from natural disasters [including] earthquakes, typhoons, and wind storms,” Elizabeth Hausler says in an interview with Grist.
July 2, 2015. “6 Lessons From Rebuilding Haiti’s Capital”
After a devastating earthquake, some innovative urban development work is going on in Port-au-Prince.
Doggerel, the online magazine of Arup in the Americas
June 15, 2015. “Mitigating disaster risk in informal communities”
Architect Anna Calogero explains the Build Change model, which focuses on bringing together money, technology, and people to create permanent change in construction practices, in Doggerel, the online magazine of Arup in the Americas.
June 10, 2015. “Housing Forum held in Kalibo, Aklan”
Housing Forum held in Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines, on May 21 and 22, 2015, attended by Kate Landry, Philippines Director of Partnerships and Programs.
KVOA News4 Tucson
May 21, 2015. “US student aids Nepal through relief efforts”
Ulina Shakya is a University of Arizona graduate student studying civil and engineering mechanics and is in Nepal as an intern with Build Change.
May 12, 2015. “How to Prevent More Deaths When the Earth Quakes”
Elizabeth Hausler discusses the engineering behind earthquake-resistant building.
May 5, 2015. “How the Private Sector Can Help Places Like Nepal”
Elizabeth Hausler, Founder and CEO, about the challenges that Nepal faces following the earthquake and the ways in which the private sector can prevent such large-scale damage in the future.
Pacific Standard Magazine
May 1, 2015. “We want to look at the post-disaster environment as an opportunity not only to build safe houses, but to create change, as it’s likely that the region is going to experience similar disasters in the future,” says Elizabeth Hausler in this article Rebuilding After Tragedy.
April 30, 2015. “How Impoverished Nepal Can Rebuild for the Next Earthquake” by Chris Carroll
Elizabeth Hausler, Founder & CEO: “There’s a lot of opportunity to retrofit existing buildings in Nepal so they’ll be safer, and do it so you get a lot of bang for your buck.”
Science Around Michigan
April 29, 2015. “A Conversation with Dr. Wayne Pennington: Nepal and Preparing for Major Earthquakes”
Build Change is mentioned in this interview of Dr. Pennington.
World Economic Forum Blog
April 21, 2015. “How the private sector can soften the blow of disasters”
Elizabeth Hausler, Founder and CEO, wrote about the impact of the private sector on disaster-resistant buildings, on the World Economic Forum blog.
December 4, 2014. “In Haiti, Rebuilding with Earthquake Resilience in Mind” by Justin Gerdes
Noll Tufani, Country Director in Haiti, explains why Build Change focuses on retrofitting in Port-au-Prince.
Women of Influence – Fall 2014
June 4, 2014. “The Rise of Social Enterprise” by Rhea Seymour
Elizabeth Hausler discusses Build Change and its emphasis on empowering women and encouraging women engineers. Read the article.
Public Interest Design
June 4, 2014. “Autodesk Tech Impact Recipient: Build Change”
The Autodesk Technology Impact Program donates software to nonprofits that use design to solve epic challenges. Build Change was a recipient of this generous grant.
The Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge Blog
March 28, 2014. “Can a House Be Typhoon-Proof and Earthquake-Proof at the Same Time?”
Aurora Alemendral interviews Gordon Goodell, Build Change’s chief operating officer, about rebuilding in the Philippines, for The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities blog. Learn more here.
February 12, 2014. “Sogesol et Build Change lancent ”Kredi Bèlkay”” (Trans: “Sogesol and Build Change launch “Kredi Bèlkay””)
Sogesol is helping rebuild Haiti by joining Build Change to launch a new microfinance program, called, ‘Bèlkay Kredi’. Learn more here.
February 2, 2014. “Building back better: Lessons from Aceh, Sichuan and Haiti”
Elizabeth Hausler writes about the opportunities to build back better in post-disaster situations. Available here.
December 3, 2013. “What kind of philanthropist are you? A how-to for aligning your giving with your personal values”
Build Change is noted as an example of a nonprofit which is reinventing existing patterns to create long-term change. Available here.
Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo
November 19, 2013. “Lo que América Latina necesita saber acerca de los terremotos”
Dr. Hausler’s post on disaster risk reduction is translated and featured on the Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo website. Click here to read the blog (in Spanish).
National Public Radio
November 18, 2013. “NPR’s All Things Considered: How And Where Should We Rebuild After Natural Disasters?”
Build Change is interviewed about reconstruction in post-disaster situations. Read and listen to the story here.
The Buckminster Fuller Challenge
August 21, 2013. “The Buckminster Fuller Challenge 2013 Semi-Finalists”
Build Change is selected as a Semi-Finalist for the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Established in 2007, the Buckminster Fuller Challenge aims to support the development and implementation of solutions with significant potential to solve the world’s most pressing problems in the shortest possible time while enhancing the Earth’s ecological integrity. Read more.
June 17, 2013. “Warga Lubuk Alung Bersaing Ketat Produksi Bata Terkuat”
Build Change held a “Better Building Materials” community event in the Nagari Pasie Alung Lubuk Laweh District in West Sumatra, Indonesia, to determine which brick manufacturer produced the strongest bricks in the area.
June 6, 2013. “J/P HRO and Build Change, advocating community involvement”
Lakay Weekly reports on the press conference held by Build Change and J/P HRO on June 3, 2013, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The organizations showcased their progress and explained their mission to the press and to the public. Read the story.
June 7, 2013. “Des recoins de Delmas 32 respirent un air de reconstruction
Build Change and J/P HRO work in partnership with homeowners and builders to build earthquake-resistant houses and create jobs in Delmas 32. Click here to learn more.
Haiti Press Network
June 4, 2013. “Haïti: le J/P HRO et la Build Change pour le renforcement des maisons classées ‘jaune'”
Build Change and J/P HRO work in partnership with homeowners and builders to build earthquake-resistant houses and create jobs in Delmas 32. Read the article here (in French).
June 2013. “2013 SEAONC Scholarships and Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards”
Degenkolb Engineers and Build Change won the Award of Excellence for our Haiti Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit Guidelines. This award is for outstanding achievement in the development of structural engineering practice and concepts through the analysis, design, evaluation and/or testing of structures resulting in the preparation of a study, research project, guideline or reference standard. Click here to learn more.
The World Economic Forum
April 25, 2013. “What Latin America Needs to Know About Earthquakes”
Dr. Elizabeth Hausler’s blog on disaster risk reduction is featured on The World Economic Forum’s blog. Read it here.
April 25, 2013. A live interview with Dr. Elizabeth Hausler Strand at the World Economic Forum on Latin America.
Hans Rothgiesser from Semana Económica interviews Dr. Elizabeth Hausler at the World Economic Forum on Latin America, held in Lima, Peru. Watch the interview.
The Huffington Post
April 23, 2013. “Earthquakes are inevitable. Disasters don’t have to be.”
Dr. Hausler’s blog on disaster risk reduction is featured on The Huffington Post website. Click here to read the blog.
Signal FM Haiti
April 22, 2013. “Community Meeting on the Application of Seismic Standards in Petit-Goave”
This article (in French) mentions how Build Change supported Panos Caribbean by training journalists in construction messages and participating in a large community meeting about safe construction practices. Read the article.
April 9, 2013. “Ibu Rusi sang Pembuat Bata; Contoh Nyata Kuatnya Seorang Wanita”
This article (in Bahasa Indonesia) features the work Build Change does to help brickmakers near Padang, West Sumatra, produce better building materials. Click here to read the story.
April 2013. “Earthquake-Resistant House Campaign and Demonstration”
This article features the February Build Change Indonesia Grand Opening event in Bandung, West Java. It also highlights the work Build Change is doing to train others about earthquake-resistant design and construction. Click here to read the article.
March 8, 2013. “Women Who Start: Why these entrepreneurs should be honored on International Women’s Day”
For International Women’s Day, Kiva discusses why women make great social entrepreneurs and showcases four women entrepreneurs impacting the world, including Build Change CEO and Founder Elizabeth Hausler. Read more.
See Change Magazine
March 4, 2013. “Women who start: Why these social entrepreneurs are talented in new ways”
Elizabeth Hausler is featured as one of four women social entrepreneurs who are impacting the world and making a difference. Click here to read the article.
January 17 – 23, 2013. “Build Change works with Haitian engineers, contractors to prepare homes for future natural disasters”
Lakay Weekly discusses how Build Change has worked with homeowners, Haiti’s Ministry of Public Works and partner organizations and provided technical assistance to help families in Haiti retrofit or build new 1,100 earthquake-resistant homes. The article also highlights the benefits of retrofitting houses versus building temporary shelters after a disaster. View the full story.
December 2012 – Volume 1, Issue 12. “‘Build Change’ – Builds a Better Future in Seismic Zones”
Built Expressions, a civil engineering and architecture magazine based in India, features Dr. Elizabeth Hausler and Build Change’s homeowner-driven approach to post-disaster reconstruction. View the full story.
Radar Kepahiyang (Indonesian newspaper)
October 20, 2012. “Build Change Gives Vocational Students a Lesson” (translated)
Build Change’s vocational student training program is featured in the Indonesian newspaper Radar Kepahiyang. Read the story (in Indonesian).
June 7, 2012. “Build Change Aims to Render Homes Earthquake-Resistant”
Tate Watkins interviews Dr. Elizabeth Hausler for this article about the founding of Build Change and how its work has changed earthquake-resistant construction in Haiti.
June 6, 2012. “World Habitat Awards 2012: finalists announced!”
Build Change is selected as one of 12 finalists in the 2012 World Habitat Awards for the organization’s post-earthquake reconstruction efforts in Indonesia. View the announcement.
May 28, 2012. “Haiti slowly being rebuilt by locals, charities”
Build Change’s Gordon Goodell and Kathleen Jeanty are featured by KSL TV in Salt Lake City Utah. Watch the segment.
May 1, 2012. “Building Change From the Ground Up”
Elizabeth Hausler is featured on the Echoing Green website as part of the site’s blog series Unleashing your talent to solve the world’s biggest problems. Click here to view the full story.
Huffington Post IMPACT
April 27, 2012. “Design for Good – A Global Movement and Mission”
Elizabeth Hausler and several other social entrepreneurs using good design to solve significant global issues are interviewed for this article.
University of Colorado Denver – On the Horizon
Spring 2012. “Alumni Notes”
The University of Colorado Denver’s On the Horizon alumni newsletter mentions Dr. Hausler as the recipient of the Schwab Foundation’s 2011 Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Click here to see the article.
Next Billion & Ashoka Full Economic Citizenship
April 2, 2012. “The BIG IDEA: Global Spread of Affordable Housing”
This e-book distills the best practices and accomplishments of Build Change and other social enterprises from posts published on Next Billion in collaboration with Ashoka in Q4 2011 under The BIG IDEA series on affordable housing. This e-book is a resource for practitioners and colleagues working in this sector. Access the publication here.
PBS Newshour Online
March 29, 2012. “Colo. Nonprofit Helps Quake Victims Rebuild With Better Techniques”
Dr. Hausler is interviewed by David Pelcyger of PBS Newshour Online: View the full story.
Time for Kids
March 2, 2012. “You’ve Got Skills – Top Minds”
Dr. Hausler is featured in the You’ve Got Skills section of the March 2nd issue of Time for Kids. View the article here.
January 31st, 2012. “PhilanthroBuzz – Tips for Non-Profit Partners”
Build Change is featured as a “Success Story” in Universal Giving’s membership newsletter PhilanthroBuzz. View the article.
January 6, 2012. “Building an Earthquake-Resistant House on a Tight Budget”
HousingRevolution features Build Change’s low cost improvements construction methods. View the article.
December 21, 2011. “Building Change One Brick at a Time in Haiti, China and Indonesia” by Lee Schneider.
Huffington Post features Dr. Hausler and describes how Build Change is saving lives in Haiti, China and Indonesia. View the article.
Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine
November 23, 2011. “Building Knowledge, Not Just Houses, in the Developing World” by John Tozzi.
Businessweek Magazine examines how Build Change is helping Haiti build back smarter by training local builders and engineers. View the article.
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
November 2011. EERI Newsletter, November 2011, Volume 45, Number 11.
The partnership between Build Change and Degenkolb is featured. View the article here.
October 2011. “Build Change Fuels Hope for Reconstruction”
A profile of Build Change is featured on the Hilti Foundation website, including information and pictures of our Haiti and Indonesia programs.
October 31, 2011. “Housing Series: Building a Strong Foundation, When Earthquake Hurricanes Hit Affordable Housing” by Rochelle Beck.
Next Billion launched a month-long series on Housing for All in partnership with Ashoka and featured Build Change. Read the article here.
Civil and Structural Engineer Magazine
September 2011. “People working with Build Change and other organizations train the local engineers to perform [building] evaluations” says Mark Sinclair in this article about home-owner driven retrofits in Haiti.
August 30, 2011. “Schwab Foundation Announces US Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2011”
Schwab Foundation announces Dr. Hausler of Build Change as one of the 2011 US Social Entrepreneurs of the Year.
Huffington Post IMPACT
August 15, 2011. “Constructing a Safer Haiti” by Stacey McMahan
This article features Build Change and partner organization Architecture for Humanity.
July 10, 2011. “Meet Dr. Hausler, Build Change Founder and Fellowship Winner”
Build Change is featured on the site ProFellow.com, a website dedicated to showcasing Fellowship Winners like Dr. Hausler. Read the article here.
ELLE Magazine 2011 9 For All Mankind
June 22, 2011. “9 For All Mankind”
Build Change’s Founder & CEO, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler, is selected as one of the recipients of the ELLE Magazine 2011 9 For All Mankind award. Read more.
2011 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability Presentation
June 2011. Dr. Hausler presents at the 2011 Eureka Fest and accepts the award for 2011 US Social Entrepreneur of the year. Watch here.
June 8, 2011. “Build Change’s Dr. Hausler Wins $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award”
The Cement Trust blog features Build Change’s work in Haiti. Read the blog here.
June 3, 2011. “Award-Winner Shakes Up Design of Earthquake Proof Homes” by Dyna Rochmyaningsih
SciDevNet discusses the importance of the homeowner-driven reconstruction model used by Build Change in Indonesia. Read the article.
May 26, 2011. “NGO teaches building disaster-proof homes” (in Portuguese)
A discussion of the Three Cs of Build Change. Read more.
MSNBC Cosmic Log
May 24, 2011. “Disaster-Proof Homes That Don’t Suck” by John Roach
John Roach articulates the importance of the three Cs and homeowner empowerment in the work of Build Change. Read the article.
May 20, 2011. “Building Stronger Communities Out of the Rubble” by Susan Dempsey
A feature on Dr. Hausler, recipient of the 2011 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability.
May 18, 2011. “Quake Engineer: Earthquakes Don’t Kill, Buildings Do” by Phil McKenna
New Scientist interviews Elizabeth Hausler. Read the article.
May 10, 2011. “Award Winner Shakes Up Design of Earthquake-Proof Housing”
Science360.gov features Elizabeth Hausler’s Lemelson-MIT profile video. Watch here.
May 10, 2011. “Social Entrepreneur and Build Change Founder Honored for Earthquake-Resistant Housing Innovation”
The online magazine, Business Wire, features Dr. Elizabeth Hausler, winner of the 2011 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability. Read the article.
May 10, 2011. “Social Entrepreneur and Build Change Founder Honored for Earthquake-Resistant Housing Innovation”
iStockAnalyst features Dr. Elizabeth Hausler, winner of the 2011 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability.
2011 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability Video Profile
May 5, 2011. Social Entrepreneur and Build Change Founder Honored for Sustainable Earthquake-Resistant Housing Innovations. Watch the video.
April 7, 2011. “Earthquakes Don’t Kill People”
The Hilti Foundation features Dr. Hausler with a brief history of Build Change. Read the article.
January 14, 2011. “Forell/Elsesser Teams with Build Change on Haiti Homes Project”
News on the partnership between San Francisco based Forell/Elsesser and Build Change. Read the article.
KGNU Morning Magazine
January 2011. “An interview with Elizabeth Hausler”
Mauve Conran interviewed Elizabeth Hausler after the January 19th Pakistan Earthquake.
Winter 2010. “Grassroots Concrete” by Brandon Keim
How Build Change is shaking up construction practices in earthquake-prone areas. Read the article.
Innovations Journal, Build Back Better
Fall 2010. “Build Earthquake-Resistant Houses in Haiti” by Elizabeth Hausler Strand
An essay by Dr. Hausler on the Build Change homeowner-driven model in Haiti is featured in the Innovations Journal, published by MIT press and the Clinton Global Initiative. Read the essay.
September 13, 2010. “Five Innovators Heading to CGI: An NGO Cementing Change”
A feature about Build Change’s involvement with the Clinton Global Initiative. Read more.
April 21, 2010. “CH2M Hill – Build Change in Haiti Rebuilding After Jan. 2010 Earthquake”
A video produced by CH2M Hill about the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti and how Build Change is helping to train homeowners, builders and engineers to rebuild earthquake-resistant houses. View the video.
April 20, 2010. “Mini Case Study: Build Change Lays Off Indonesian Staff, Then Major Earthquake Hits” by S.L. Bachman
A case study featuring a tough decision for the Build Change Indonesia program.
The Jakarta Post
April 20, 2010. “Locals learn quake-proof construction”
Following Build Change’s work in West Sumatra. Read the article.
Wired: Beyond the Beyond
April 16, 2010. “When the favela falls over, you might build a better favela”
Bruce Sterling writes about Build Change’s work in West Sumatra. Read more.
National Geographic Channel
March 2010. “China Quake!” Co-production with NGCI and Yuanchun Media
Build Change is featured in this documentary about the May 12, 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, China. The China Quake! DVD is available for purchase here.
World Vision Report
January 23, 2010. “Build Change” by Chad Bouchard
World Vision Report profiles Build Change’s technical assistance programs in West Sumatra, Indonesia. Read more.
New York Times
January 18, 2010. “Managing Disasters with Small Steps” by Henry Fountain
The bottom-up method is best for rebuilding after disasters. Read more.
October 14, 2009. “Building Post-Quake Hope in Padang” by Lisa Siregar
The Jakarta Globe features Build Change after a fundraising event for safe reconstruction after the Padang Earthquake. Read more.
UN HABITAT Magazine, Urban World
July 2009. “After the quake: how self-build is the key to Sichuan’s recovery” by Maya Alexandri
Learning is the key to development. Download the publication here.
UC Berkeley College of Engineering Magazine, Forefront
Spring 2009. “Home Safe Home” by Rachel Shafer
Build Change’s founder and UC Berkeley graduate, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler, is featured in the Spring Issue. Read it here.
May 11, 2009. “Rebuilding China’s quake-hit zone” by Michael Bristow
The BBC quotes Build Change’s founder, Elizabeth Hausler: “It gives me a lot of hope because the central government is really trying to enforce building codes”. Read more.
Christian Science Monitor
May 10, 2009. “China quake: From rubble, civil society builds” by Peter Ford
“Volunteerism stands strong one year later – and has even won support from local authorities normally wary of grass-roots movements.” Read here.
National Public Radio
May 5, 2009. “NPR’s All Things Considered: Building Safer Homes Before the Next China Quake” by Melissa Block
Build Change’s post-earthquake housing reconstruction program is featured on All Things Considered’s coverage of the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Sichuan, China. Read and listen here.
Stanford Social Innovation Conversations Podcast
January 2009. Features Build Change Founder, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler, after receiving the Equality Category Cash Prize at the 2008 Tech Awards.
November 12, 2008. At the 2008 Tech Awards for Technology Benefiting Humanity, Build Change won the Katherine M. Swanson Equality Category Cash Prize.
- Build Change Laureate Video
- NBC Bay Area TV, “Applied Materials Presents: The Tech Awards” Segment 1
- CNET Video “Tech Awards honor techy solutions for developing world” by Kara Tsuboi
- CNET News – Daily Podcast “Tech innovations that won big” by Leslie Katz
- CNET News – Cutting Edge “Awards go to groups bringing power, homes, health to poor”
Global X Video on SocialEdge
January 28, 2008. “It’s not the earthquake that kills people, it’s the building collapsing”
August 28, 2007. “Santa Clara course helps socially conscious entrepreneurs succeed”
Grace Matters Radio Interview
March 11, 2007. The Foundations of Home
September 26th, 2018, Build Change and the World Bank Announce New Global Resilient Housing Program
September 25th, 2018, Build Change CEO to Address Government Partnerships during UN General Assembly Week
December 2016. Build Change Announces Aceh Earthquake Recovery Project.
April 2016. Build Change Expands Its Board of Directors
September 24, 2014. Build Change Announces Strategic 10 in 10 Initiative
April 23, 2013. Build Change offers a sustainable solution to reduce disaster.
April 22, 2009. Build Change Expands Homeowner Training and Construction Supervision in Sichuan, China. At the request of the Tumen party secretary, Build Change is scaling up to train homeowners and supervise construction throughout Tumen Township in earthquake-hit Mianzhu.
March 2017 Build Change Wins 2017 Skoll Award!
July 2016 Summer 2016 Newsletter
March 2016 Spring 2016 Newsletter
August 2015 Saving Lives through Retrofitting in Colombia
July 2015 Build Change News: Summer 2015
April 2015 Rebuild Nepal for Long-Term Safety
January 2015 It’s been 5 years since the massive Haiti earthquake
January 2015 Thank you for your support in 2014
December 2014 We are slowly rebuilding our lives
December 2014 Happy Holidays
December 2014 Eusi and Helen: From helpless to heroes
November 2014 Happy Thanksgiving from Build Change
November 2014 Support us with a quick vote!
November 2014 A year after Typhoon Haiyan…
October 2014 Build Change News: October 2014
September 2014 10th Anniversary
June 2014 Build Change News: June 2014
April 2014 We Did It!
February 2014 Build Change News: Feb 13, 2014
December 2013 Thank You for a Great Year!
December 2013 Happy Holidays from Build Change
December 2013 You Can Make Schools Safe in Indonesia
December 2013 Retrofitting Homes in the Philippines
December 2013 Whose life will you change today?
November 2013 Thanksgiving Message from the CEO
November 2013 Build Change created over 5,100 Jobs in Haiti!
March 2013 Celebrate Women in Construction! International Women’s Day is March 8, 2013. Learn about how Build Change is focusing on the vital role women play in the construction industry to celebrate this day. Click here to read the flyer in Bahasa.
January 2013 Build Change Indonesia Newsletter. Learn about Build Change’s recent projects and activities in Indonesia, including the Grand Opening of our new office in Bandung.
December 2012 6,300 People in Haiti Living in Safe, Permanent Homes
December 2012 Give a gift that makes a big difference!
November 2012 Give the Gift of Home
November 2012 Help Earthquake Survivors in Myanmar Rebuild Safely
October 2012 International Day for Disaster Reduction
December 2011 Give Fruitcake a Chance
December 2011 Annual Appeal 2011
December 2011 Haiti Job Postings
November 2011 Hilti Donation Press Release
October 2011 Degenkolb Partnership in Haiti
September 2011 2011 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur
March 2011 Earthquake in Japan
March 2011 Job Opportunities with Build Change
December 2010 2010 Holiday Newsletter
December 2008 2008 Holiday Newsletter
April 2008 West Sumatra Program Update
December 2007 2007 Holiday Newsletter