making the aspirations of Article 25 a reality for all people by using entrepreneurial approaches and innovative design

Matthew Jelacic is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Design, an Adjunct Faculty member of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities and the Faculty-in-Residence of the Sustainability and Social Innovation Residential Academic Programs at the University of Colorado Boulder.  In 1999 his firm won the first Architecture for Humanity competition to design transitional housing for the Balkans. His current research includes sustainable materials for sheltering displaced people and the role of alternative organizational paradigms for traumatic urbanization planning.  In 2009 he began working with the Apsáalooke (Crow) Nation to develop a job training program and affordable homes made with compressed earth block.  Following the 2010 Haitian earthquake, he began developing several projects that will provide employment opportunities and affordable shelter.  One program, funded by 1000 Jobs/Haiti and in cooperation with Partners in Health, will use a material that he invented which combines recycled plastic and adobe-like mud to make blocks.  A second program, which uses rubble from collapsed buildings as material for walls, was selected by the Haitian government after a major international competition to be a prototype for future reconstruction efforts.  In early 2011 he served as a member of the USAID task force on post-disaster infrastructure reconstruction and as a member of the Fetzer Institute’s Inter-Generational Mentoring Community.  Prof. Jelacic received his architecture degrees at Pratt Institute, where he received the AIA Henry Adams Medal, and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, was a Harvard Loeb Fellow in 2003-4, studied international human rights law at Oxford University in 2008 and was a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Scholar in Residence in 2009.  From 1991-2001 he worked in the atelier of Louise Bourgeois and in 2004 he became a licensed contractor.