Joe Kennedy

Joseph Kennedy is an architectural designer, writer, artist and filmmaker who specializes in sustainable building, ecological design, and community development. After many years of teaching sustainable building techniques in Africa, Asia, Europe, United States, and South America, he now teaches architecture at NewSchool of Architecture & Design. Joe is a co-founder of the organization Builders Without Borders, an international network of ecological builders who advocate the use of local, affordable materials in construction. Widely published in journals, proceedings, and books, he also co-edited The Art of Natural Building, now in its greatly expanded second edition.

Joe also worked on building a teacher training facility in Nepal with his students. The undergraduate architecture class created conceptual renderings of a shiva/community center to be built in Nepal to help the Nepalese learn how to build more durable structures following the devastating earthquake in 2015.

Click here to read about the project in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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