Sinclair was trained as an architect at the University of Westminster and at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. During his studies he developed an interest in social, cultural and humanitarian design. His postgraduate thesis focused on providing shelter to New York's homeless through sustainable, transitional housing. After his studies, he moved to New York where he worked as a designer and project architect.
Sinclair is a regular lecturer and visiting professor at schools in the United States and abroad and has contributed to a number of exhibitions dealing with social justice and design. He has spoken at a number of international conferences and forums on sustainable development and post disaster reconstruction, including appearances on BBC World Service and CNN International, National Public Radio and PBS.
Sinclair and Architecture for Humanity co-founder Kate Stohr have compiled a compendium on socially conscious design titled Design Like You Give A Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises (May 2006, Metropolis Books). He serves on advisory boards of the Acumen Fund, Detroit Collaborative Design Center and the Institute for State Effectiveness.
In 2004 Fortune Magazine named Cameron Sinclair was named as one of the Aspen Seven, seven people changing the world for the better. He was the recipient of the 2006 TED prize and the 2005 RISD/Target Emerging Designer of the Year. Recently he was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Along with co-founder Kate Stohr, was awarded the Wired Magazine 2006 Rave Award for Architecture for their work in responding to housing needs following Hurricane Katrina.
As a result of the TED Prize he and Stohr launched the Open Architecture Network, the worlds’ first open source community dedicated to improving living conditions through innovative and sustainable design.
Cameron Sinclair was born 1973, in London.
2008 Young Global Leader – World Economic Forum
2007 10 Cutting Edge Designers – Business Week
2006 TED Prize
2006 Finalist, UK Designer of the Year
2005 Emerging Designer of the Year – Target/RISD
2005 Lewis Mumford Award for Peace - ADPSR
2004 Fast ‘50’ Award – Fast Company Magazine
2004 Aspen Seven - Fortune Magazine
2003 Nice Modernist Award – Dwell Magazine