Alexander Furunes started his studies at NTNU and continued at the AA School of Architecture in London. He received his masters in architecture from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in January 2014. In 2010 he worked at Sou Fujimoto Architects, before he moved to Philippines to build Studycenter with the NGO Streetlight, introducing a participatory design process that later was adopted by the organization. The building won the A+ award in 2012. Throughout 2012 he worked closely with the traders of Berwick Street Market (London, UK), to create a voice for the community and develop an alternative master plan for the area. Since 2013 he has been living and working in Tacloban, where he is leading the rebuild of the orphanage and schools of Streetlight that was destroyed by super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). For more information about this project, see Project Tagpuro.
Alexander is one of three founders of WORKSHOP architecture (www.wrkshp.org), a collective of architects and engineers that explore the potential of engaging communities in creative processes in design and build projects.
Learning from Tacloban