Structural Engineer Blog (Simpson Strong-Tie)
“Build Change: My Favorite Child”
November 10, 2020. Some places leave a permanent impact on our hearts, and we are never the same. For Tim Hart, Nepal and Indonesia are two such places.
The Bastion-Development in Depth
“Building Climate Change Resilient Infrastructure for an Uncertain Tomorrow”
October 13, 2020. How can communities build better before and become more resilient to disasters and climate change impacts? This article describes Build Change’s use of AI in Nepal as one example of how communities can rebuild stronger post-disaster.
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras
“Viviendas resilientes: la mejor manera de prevenir daños ante desastres naturales”
October 8, 2020. El Director de Programas para Latinoamérica y el Caribe Juan Caballero realizó una ponencia sobre el diseño y reforzamiento de edificaciones ante riesgos y desastres para la Semana de Arquitectura 2020.
“Meet the Innovative MOFO Clients that are Working To Improve Living Conditions for Displaced Individuals”
September 16, 2020. Morrison Foerster has advised Build Change on a pro-bono basis since 2009 as the organization has continued to expand internationally.
Structural Engineer Blog (Simpson Strong-Tie)
“Pandemics, Earthquakes and Windstorms: Some Thoughts on the Probability of a Compound Disaster”
August 4, 2020. Hurricane and typhoon season adds another layer of complexity to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this blog, Tim Hart, the 2020 Simpson Strong-Tie Excellence in Engineering Fellow, discusses the complex risks communities worldwide face, and the role that safe housing plays in fighting all types of disasters.
“PMI dan Palang Merah Amerika Bangun Rumah Tahan Gempa”
July 29, 2020. Build Change is doing resilient building training with the American Red Cross and the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) in Sukabumi, West Java.
Medium (Authority Magazine)
“Erin Bradner of Autodesk: Why as a society, we need to rethink our concepts of intelligence, competence, power, equity and opportunity”
July 24, 2020. Dr. Erin Bradner is the Director of the Autodesk Robotics Lab and a Build Change Board Member. In this article, Erin discusses what is exciting about her work, women in STEM, and of course, Build Change.
Redshift by Autodesk
“4 Tips to Administer PPP Funds and Relieve Fears about Loan Forgiveness”
May 28,2020. Build Change’s Controller Diane Datteri offers tips for other organizations on how to properly administer PPP funds.
“Scaling Up BIM for Resilience: Automated Designs to Retrofit Informal Housing”
May 4,2020. A walk through of the process that Build Change uses with Revit and Dynamo to automatic retrofit designs.
“To Turn A Corner, Trust Social Entrepreneurs”
April 28,2020. In many countries, social entrepreneurs (like Elizabeth Hausler and Build Change) are the de-facto social safety net, and now is the time their contributions are needed more than ever.
“Build Change: Rethinking Housing After the Crisis”
April 23,2020. Dr. Elizabeth Hausler is interviewed by Ashoka on how the COVID-19 crisis makes the need for safe housing all the more evident at a moment when up to 1/3 of the world’s population is in quarantine.
Structural Engineer Blog (Simpson Strong-Tie)
“Build Change: Seismic Safety in the Age of COVID-19”
April 8, 2020. Tim Hart, the 2020 Simpson Strong-Tie Excellence in Engineering Fellow, was in Manila at the time the COVID-19 quarantine went into effect. Here are his observations from his time on the ground in the Philippines.
Construction Junkie Blog
“4 Construction Humanitarian Companies Helping People Through Building”
April 7, 2020. Shane Hedmond shines a spotlight on some of the top humanitarian organizations (including Build Change!) using construction to make a difference.
Autodesk University-Online Learning
“Scaling Up BIM for Resilience: Automated Designs to Retrofit Informal Housing”
March 18, 2020. Learn from Noll Tufani and Nicolas Ortiz Abello of Build Change as they walk you through Build Change’s approach to automated design for resilient building in countries like Nepal. A session from the 2019 Autodesk University-Las Vegas.
Engineering for Change Blog
“5 Questions for Dr. Elizabeth Hausler, Founder of Build Change”
March 12, 2020. The Engineering for Change blog catches up with Dr. Elizabeth Hausler about the ways in which Build Change has disrupted the reconstruction industry, in favor of more sustainable and culturally appropriate designs.
Fulcrum Community Highlight-Build Change
February 25, 2020. Through a new partnership with Spatial Networks, Build Change will utilize the Fulcrum platform to support the “Casa Digna, Vida Digna” program in Colombia. Build Change is proud to be #FulcrumReady!
Understanding Risk Centroamérica Highlight Video
“Video Resumen de UR Centroamérica”
February 17, 2020. Build Change’s Programs and Partnerships Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Juan Caballero, spoke at the inaugural Understanding Risk in Costa Rica February 12-14, 2020. His session is spotlighted at the :57 mark.
“Full Frame: Sustainable Building with Build Change CEO Elizabeth Hausler”
February 8, 2020. Natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes and floods are unavoidable. But deaths from them can be prevented. One way is through constructing more resilient buildings. Dr. Elizabeth Hausler talks with CGTV host Mike Walter about Build Change’s previous post-disaster work in China, as well as more recent prevention work in countries like Colombia and Guatemala.
“Haiti Earthquake: Ten Years On”
January 16, 2020. This blog explores Haiti’s slow recovery from the devastating 2010 earthquake, as well as some of the reasons why that recovery has been so challenging. A bright spot is Build Change’s work with homeowners, the government, local construction professionals, materials providers, and many others to build back better.
Engineering for Change.org
“Nominations are Open for Mortenson’s Awards for the New Global Engineers”
January 15, 2020. The CU Boulder Mortenson Center for Global Engineering is pioneering a new vision for engineering for global development, and awarding professionals and students that represent its ethos. Last year, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler was awarded the inaugural “Global Engineering Outstanding Professional” award.
“RMS Impact Trek 2020: Share Your Expertise and Make a Difference”
January 6, 2020. Recruitment is open now through January 17th for RMS staff and RMS clients that would like to participate in the 2020 Impact Trek to Bogota, Colombia.
“Tim Hart Receives 2019-2020 Excellence in Engineering Fellowship”
December 27, 2019. This is the third year of the Fellowship, resulting from the continuation of a partnership between international nonprofit social enterprise Build Change and global structural solutions leader Simpson Strong-Tie.
“Simpson Strong-Tie, Build Change Renew Joint Fellowship”
December 18, 2019. Tim Hart will lend his 30 years of structural engineering and construction experience to the fellowship role.
“Build Change and Simpson Strong-Tie announce 2019-2020 Excellence in Engineering Fellow”
December 18, 2019. International nonprofit Build Change and global structural solutions leader Simpson Strong-Tie renew joint Fellowship for Engineering Excellence and introduce 2019–2020 recipient.
“Build Change and Simpson Strong-Tie Announce New 2019-2020 Excellence in Engineering Fellow”
December 18, 2019. Build Change and Simpson Strong-Tie are excited to introduce the recipient of the 2019–2020 Excellence in Engineering Fellowship: Tim Hart.
Autodesk Construction Cloud
“40 Under 40: Construction Champions of 2019”
December 17, 2019. Build Change’s own Nicolas Ortiz Abello was named to Autodesk Construction Cloud’s “40 Under 40” list for 2019.
“Una Tecnologia para Reforzar las Casas de Familias Vulnerables en Colombia”
November 25, 2019. La Doctora Elizabeth Hausler da una plenaria en la conferencia Autodesk University sobre el trabajo de Build Change en Colombia y alrededor del Mundo.
“General Session Keynote Highlights”
November 19, 2019. Build Change is listed in the highlights for Day 1 of Autodesk University.
“Build Change Saves Lives”
November 19, 2019. Autodesk, Inc. caught up with Dr. Elizabeth Hausler following her AU keynote to talk further about Build Change’s mission of saving lives through resilient housing.
“Resilient Housing: Build Change’s Opportunity for Better”
November 19, 2019. Dr. Elizabeth Hausler delivers the opening keynote for Autodesk University 2019 in Las Vegas alongside Andrew Anagnost, President and CEO of Autodesk, Inc. and Asa Kalama, Executive Creative Director at Walt Disney Imagineering.
“The Opportunity for Better Starts at Autodesk University 2019”
November 18, 2019. Autodesk, Inc. announces Dr. Elizabeth Hausler’s keynote at Autodesk University as well as Build Change as the recipient of the AU Las Vegas 2019 Donation Drive.
Structural Engineering Blog
“The Simpson Strong-Tie Excellence in Engineering Fellowship: A Grateful Adventure”
November 20, 2019. Juan Carlos Restrepo reflects on his experience working in Colombia and the Philippines as the 2018-2019 Fellow.
“How Cities are Rebuilding to be More Resilient to Natural Disasters”
October 28, 2019. Dr. Elizabeth Hausler discusses how retrofitting is a cost-effective strategy which can help cities become more resilient at a lower cost than building from new.
October 22, 2019. Build Change is profiled in the Autodesk Foundation’s celebratory publication showcasing their five years of impact.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
“How a Nonprofit is Helping People Construct Buildings to Resist Natural Disasters” (podcast)
October 18, 2019. A conversation on resilient building between Dr. Elizabeth Hausler and Denver Frederick, host of “The Business of Giving”.
“AEC Excellence Awards 2019 Finalists”
October 15, 2019. Build Change was named a finalist for the AEC Excellence Awards in the categories of Innovator of the Year (Dr. Elizabeth Hausler) and Building Design (under $20 million).
The Manila Times
“Czech Republic completes assistance for Typhoon Ompong victims”
October 14, 2019. Czech Republic Humanitarian Aid concluded a successful project with Build Change and its nonprofit partners on September 30 to improve the local capacity of shelter response programs following Typhoon Ompong.
Philippine News Agency
“4k ‘Ompong’ victims benefit from Czech Republic’s project”
October 11, 2019. Czech Republic, through its embassy in Manila, announced the conclusion of its PHP7.7 million aid project with Build Change to improve the local capacity of shelter response programs in the Philippines in the aftermath of the 2018 Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong).
“Czech Republic Assistance to PHL Communities after Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong) comes to a successful close”
October 1o, 2019. On September 30, the Czech Republic Humanitarian Aid concluded a successful project with Build Change and its nonprofit partners to improve the local capacity of shelter response programs following Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong).
“Notes to Myself as a Girl: Female CEOs Tell Girls What they Need to Hear Most”
October 1o, 2019. Dr. Elizabeth Hausler (Founder & CEO of Build Change) and her sister, Kristin Carrington, (Founder & CEO of Carrington Risk) share their advice for today’s girls as a part of the celebration of International Day of the Girl. (Article and image gallery)
“How to End Earthquake Deaths”
August 9, 2019. Dr. Elizabeth Hausler outlines the technology, money and people/ political will strategies deployed by Build Change around the world in pursuit of our mission: to end deaths in hurricanes and windstorms.
IBM Call for Code
“Call for Code 2019 Global Challenge Eminent Judges”
August 6, 2019. Dr. Elizabeth Hausler was announced as an eminent judge of the 2019 IBM Call for Code Global Challenge alongside Former President Bill Clinton and numerous other CEOs, nonprofit leaders, and technology innovators.
Structural Engineering Blog
“The Role of Microfinance Institutions in Build Change’s Retrofitting Strategy”
July 29, 2019. Upon his arrival in the Philippines, Juan Carlos Restrepo is introduced to the important role that micro-finance institutions play in making retrofitting affordable for families.
“Colombia: Spread the word on building resilience for vulnerable communities”
July 15, 2019. RMS and Build Change were recognized with the Risk and Resilience Award at the British Insurance Awards following several years of partnering together in Colombia.
“Spread the word on building resilience for vulnerable communities”
July 15, 2019. Ben Brookes, the Managing Director of Capital and Resilience Solutions at RMS, shares the background on RMS’ work in partnership with Build Change in Colombia that was honored at the British Insurance Awards.
The Denver Post
“Don’t Let Disaster Philanthropy Become A Philanthropic Disaster”
July 14, 2019. Bruce DeBoskey writes about how to make an effective aid contribution in the wake of a disaster to ensure the gift does not go to waste.
“Making A Difference”
June 30, 2019. Dr. James Mwangi’s work with Build Change as a Simpson Strong-Tie Fellow for Engineering Excellence is profiled in the Summer edition of ARCE, the magazine of the Cal Poly College of Architecture and Environmental Design.
“Impact Trek: Living (and Thriving) in Areas Exposed to Multiple Perils”
June 4, 2019. Simon Athawes, a Product Manager in the Model Product Management group, reflects on his impressions of the community of Pembo in Metro Manila (Philippines) as a part of the Impact Trek 2019.
“Disaster Resiliency in Housing in the Philippines: A Market Study of Residential Retrofit Financing”
June 2, 2019. Build Change’s study on the market for retrofit financing in the Philippines.
“Impact Trek: How to Make Millions of Homes More Resilient”
May 31, 2019. Theresa Lederer, a consultant in the RMS Capital and Resilience Solutions group, shares her thoughts on the 2019 Impact Trek to the Philippines.
JTI Foundation Sustainability Report
“Building Sustainability Through Resilience and Relief”
May 24, 2019. The JTI Foundation profiles its work with Build Change to improve housing in informal settlement communities in Manila, Philippines.
Global Shelter Cluster
“Case Study- Philippines 2016-2018/ Typhoon Haiyan”
May 23, 2019. Build Change’s post-typhoon work in the Philippines was profiled in the Global Shelter Cluster’s annual case study book for 2019.
May 21, 2019. Dr. Elizabeth Hausler delivered the commencement address for the 2019 Master’s and Ph.D. graduates of the University of California, Berkeley College of Engineering.
Understanding Risk Blog
“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.
American Red Cross
“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.
The World Bank
“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.
Structural Engineering Blog
“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.
Skoll Foundation/ Skoll World Forum
“Skoll World Forum Highlights 2019”
April 12, 2019. Dr. Elizabeth Hausler appears in this summary of the 2019 Skoll World Forum, where she presented on the topic of AI for Good.
Thomson Reuters Foundation News
“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.
Asian Development Bank
“Impactful Resilience Building in Communities”
March 21, 2019. The 2019 RMS Impact Trek to the Philippines produced a final presentation which was shared at 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 Web TV
“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.
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