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124 | Five Things About Social Impact Design

Our own Eric J. Cesal is a designer, writer, and noted post-disaster expert, having led on-the-ground reconstruction programs after the Haiti earthquake, the Great East Japan Tsunami, and Superstorm Sandy. Formally trained as an architect, Cesal counts international development, economics and foreign policy among his areas of expertise. In addition to serving as our Special Projects Director, he is currently Director of Sustainable Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley.

124 | Five Things About Social Impact Design

Cesal has been called “Architecture’s First Responder” by The Daily Beast for his work leading Architecture for Humanity’s post-disaster programs from 2010 to 2014. Cesal has been interviewed widely on the subjects of disaster and resilience by publications such as The New Yorker, Architectural Record, Architect Magazine, and Foreign Policy Magazine.

For 2.5 years, Cesal curated and hosted our weekly podcast Social Design Insights, in conversation with the world’s leading public interest design practitioners.


Our opening theme music for 2019 is "Bang Bang" and our closing theme is "Salvame" both by Eljuri from her album "La Lucha." The break music for this episode is "Urubamba" by Los Incas from their album "El Ultimo."