Sharon Davis is honored at the Clinton Global Initiative in the Commitment to Rebuild Nepal's Health System
On September 27th, Sharon Davis shared the stage with representatives of Possible Health at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting in honor of their innovative and exemplary approach to providing sustainable healthcare solutions in Nepal.
In 2015, a partnership between Possible Health and Sharon Davis Design committed to expanding its unique public-private model in Nepal and rebuilding the healthcare system in Dolakha District, one of the areas hardest hit by the April earthquakes where over 40% of the population now lacks access to healthcare. Possible and Sharon Davis are partnering with the Nepali government to not only ensure that damaged hospitals and clinics are rebuilt with earthquake-resistant design, but also to roll out an Electronic Medical Record system, human resource and project management platforms, household data surveillance tools, medical education, and quality improvement initiatives. This commitment will immediately restore access to healthcare for 74,464 people and, in the long-term, deliver and track coordinated care across the health system and build capacity for health care providers delivering a range of services.
Earlier this week, BFG’s own Sharon Davis was named among 100 influential teams and individuals working at the forefront of design and global service in a special global edition of the Public Interest Design 100. Launched by Public Interest Design, and Sponsored by Autodesk, the release of the Global PID 100 is a follow-up to the inaugural Public Interest Design 100, which was focused on U.S.-based advocates and released late in 2012. The list recognizes individuals and teams in categories such as “maker”, “connector”, “funder”, and “ambassador”, all utilizing design to empower social, economic, and healthy change in underdeveloped regions and global communities in need.
Davis, President of Big Future Group and Principal of Sharon Davis Design, was profiled for the group’s design of the Women’s Opportunity Center in Rwanda, and for the upcoming projects of Big Future Group. Others recognized in the PID 100, include architect Shigeru Ban, Bill and Melinda Gates, Partners in Health’s Dr. Paul Farmer, and Barbara Bush, representing groups of policy, advocacy, media, and design.
For more about Davis’ recognition and the entire 100 profiled, visit http://pid100.publicinterestdesign.org/.
Sharon Davis Named 2013 Game Changer
Metropolis Magazine has named Sharon Davis Design a 2013 Game Changer in an article featuring the Women’s Opportunity Center and calling it “a life-changing project in Rwanda.” The profile, of Big Future board president Sharon Davis, weaves through the story of Davis’s career and how she began working with Women for Women International, the NGO that commissioned and operates the Women’s Opportunity Center. The article closes with what is next for Davis and how more of the work in Rwanda will be made: Big Future Group:
“Looking ahead, Davis, Farris, Rothstein, and Rimal have joined forces to launch a nonprofit entity, Big Future Group, inspired by their collective pro bono work with Women for Women in Rwanda. Their goal: to employ what they call a “human-centered and need-centered design approach” to improve the “mental, physical, and moral wellbeing” of communities in the developing world. The Women for Women center in Rwanda, scheduled for completion in June, is a brave, convincing first step.”
Our Executive Director, Sharon Davis, is presented this year’s Women of Architecture lecture at the National Building Museum. She discussed her firm’s emphases on social justice, economic empowerment, and sustainability in such projects as the Women’s Opportunity Center in Rwanda and Hospital in Achham, Nepal. For more information on this event visit the museum’s website.
Co-Founder of the Big Future Group Eric Rothstein was featured in an in-depth article on his work as a hydrologist, a water-resources engineer, and a habitat restorer. In the article he discusses his work with Rebuild by Design, The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and his involvement with The Big Future Group among other projects. See article here
Julie Farris's collaboration with Sharon Davis Design featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine
Co-Founder Julie Farris was profiled in an article in Landscape Architecture Magazine addressing her work on the master plan for the landscape for the Women's Community Center in Rwanda, and the benefits of pro-bono work in developing countries.