aka ARCHIVE Global   |   New York City, NY   |


Historically, the burdens of health and housing have been seen in isolation and there has been a void between planning/design officials and public health officials. Yet ARCHIVE Global is committed to lessening this void by creating a research supported framework to influence policy and global practices. In doing so their mission is to create a world where no one's health is negatively influenced by the state of their living environment.

ARCHIVE is unique in its approach and focus; no other organization works globally on a combined housing and health agenda. Their activities operate in the development, health and architecture spaces and our ambition is to bring together organizations and individuals from across these networks to form a combined force to achieve the organization's mission.

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Founder/Executive Director

Mr. Peter G. Williams

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111 5th Avenue Second Floor

New York City, NY 10003 USA

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Public Health Program (E70)

Housing Rehabilitation (L25)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

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Health from the Ground Up | Bangladesh

The converging pressures of global climate change and urbanization have a devastating effect on Bangladesh’s most vulnerable populations. At this moment, millions of people in the country are exposed to extremely high food and water-borne disease risks such as bacterial and protozoal diarrhoea, Hepatitis A and E, and typhoid fever. Bangladesh’s disease burden is further exacerbated by unsanitary living conditions that underscore the poor economic conditions of both urban and rural home dwellers. Sadly, these poor health outcomes disproportionately impact children under the age of five years, causing widespread morbidity and mortality; the second leading cause of death in children under five is diarrheal disease.

Deprivations in living standards (such as flooring and sanitation) contribute to nearly half of all multi-dimensional poverty experienced in Bangladesh. Therefore, ARCHIVE believes that simple housing improvements represent a unique solution that has the potential to have a large impact and create responsive and lasting changes in vulnerable communities.

To overcome the burden of unhygienic and unsanitary housing conditions among those most vulnerable to infectious diseases, ARCHIVE has collaborated with ADESH (Association for Development of Economic and Social Help) to establish a pilot-flooring project, Health from the Ground Up. The Health from the Ground Up initiative serves to replace dirt/mud floors with concrete flooring in Bangladeshi homes and, through this intervention, target a major transmission pathway for gastrointestinal and parasitic pathogens.

Population(s) Served

In Cameroon, malaria is responsible for 50% of deaths among children under five. In the capital, Yaoundé, 85% of settlements are considered informal. ARCHIVE links this high mortality rate and the state of housing among the urban poor to reduce malarial mosquito exposure through housing innovations.

Vast evidence confirms that adequate housing is more effective in reducing malaria incidence than other preventative measures. Data from 2004 showed that only 11% of children under five in Cameroon slept under mosquito nets and only 1% slept under insecticide treated nets. In a Gambian study, however, when netting could be incorporated into ceiling design, exposure to mosquitoes plummeted by 85%.

Despite growing effort by the National Malaria Control Program in Cameroon, malaria continues to be one of the top three causes of morbidity and mortality in the country. Two major contributors to this burden are the development of drug resistance to medication and insecticide and the cost of treatment, which is out of reach for a majority of households.

How can the number of mosquitoes infiltrating the home and infecting the community be reduced? ARCHIVE is directly combating malaria through housing design in Cameroon’s poorest communities, using screened doors, windows and eaves, and adequate ventilation, sewage and draining solutions. Such solutions can halt vector mosquitoes and reduce the incidence of malaria.

The project was funded through a generous grant from the UBS Optimus Foundation which will cover its budget of CHF 377,195 over 3 years. The project also received US$12,000 from the Selavip Foundation to cover materials and labor of housing improvements for the first 24 houses.

Population(s) Served

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that affects 1 out of every 12 Americans and is the leading cause of ER visits, hospitalizations, and missed days of school. While asthma mortality is low, it is the recurrent—but largely preventable—sickness, which is responsible for the heaviest social and financial costs. In 2007 alone, asthma treatment and missed days of school and work (12.8 and 10.1 million days lost per year, respectively) cost the United States over $56 billion! Since 1980, asthma prevalence has more than doubled and rates are continuing to climb, especially among low-income and minority children (consider that 17.4% of African American, 15.9% of Hispanic, and just 7.8% of Caucasian children, comparatively, suffer from asthma). Widespread substandard living conditions and limited access to preventative health care are fueling this inequitable health burden.

For children that suffer from asthma in New Jersey, just 25% report that their asthma is well-controlled; meaning that they have experienced fewer than 8 symptomatic days in the last month and no limitations on their physical activity in the last year. Nearly 40% of children suffering from asthma have missed 4 or more days of school due to their symptoms. Poverty is a significant determinant of asthma sickness in the state. Nearly 18% of children living in households making less than $35,000 suffer from asthma, versus just 7.7% of those living in households making $75,000 or more!

In Camden, 18% of residents suffer from asthma and the city reports some of the highest asthma hospitalization rates in the state. Nearly 40% of all residents live in poverty, including 52% of children. Knowledge of asthma maintenance strategies is limited and strongly connected to poverty. Just 40% of residents living on household incomes of less than $35,000 reported having worked with a doctor to develop an asthma management plan. This leaves 60% of those most vulnerable to asthma sickness without the necessary tools to successfully maintain their own health. Further adding to the risk of poorly maintained asthma, the living conditions within the city are exceptionally poor. A large percentage of the homes are in disrepair, which creates prime conditions for the collection of asthma triggers and results in a costly cycle of severe asthma sickness among young children living in poverty.

Breathe Easy Camden is a family-focused, collaborative asthma prevention project developed by ARCHIVE Global and the Camden Area Health Education Center. Breathe Easy focuses on empowering low-income, urban families with young children suffering from severe asthma with the tools and resources that are essential to creating and maintaining healthy, trigger-free living environments. This project responds to a critical gap in access to preventive asthma care for high-risk families and seeks to spark the development of a broader system of family-focused asthma prevention in Camden.

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Best Charity of the Year 2011


Winner 2013 Katerva Award 2013


Goals & Strategy

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One fourth of the population living in developing countries lives in slums (UN Habitat, 2012), environments that lack access to clean water, have little or no sanitation, and where housing is inadequate and overcrowded. Six million people move from the countryside directly into such conditions each year (UN Habitat, 2010). Meanwhile, improving the health of this growing population cannot rest on building more health clinics and hospitals: as the case of India shows – where there are 179 hospital beds for 100,000 people in cities (PWC, 2007). ARCHIVE Global works with residents in designing improvements to their homes – improvements that prevent diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis (TB), parasitic infections, diarrhea, and Chagas.

The goal of ARCHIVE Global is to influence global practices concerning housing design, and public health for the world's most disadvantaged communities. In bridging the gap between the fields of design and health, the organization believe's that the burden of disease can be significantly reduced. Their goal is then twofold: 1) to make a direct impact in the world's most vulnerable communities by implementing housing improvements and, 2) to influence global policy so our research and work can reach beyond the projects we build.

For long-term change ARCHIVE works to explicitly reveal an interrelated health and housing burden. Demonstrating this to governments and international development agencies has the potential to reduce the spread of deadly disease among the urban poor. Once a a project site is selected ARCHIVE partners with local organizations on the ground to better evaluate and deliver specified housing needs that take into account the culture of an area. This strategy to reach beneficiaries is assessed in four key areas:
1) Direct Impact: A direct impact is delivered in improving substandard living conditions and reducing new cases of disease.
2) Training: Establishing training programs to ensure sustainability of our initiatives. Training individuals how to design and improve housing that improves health as well as enabling them to deliver similar trainings to other residents.
3) Awareness and Education: By providing workshops on health and public service announcements on radio and television ARCHIVE delivers awareness and education.
4) Influencing Policy: To influence policy, ARCHIVE involves central government departments across both health and housing, transnational agencies that mandate and implement cross-national policies on urban developments and public health, and multilateral organizations overseeing and influencing global aid decisions.

The mission and the promise of ARCHIVE Global place the organization at the confluence of several disciplines -- design, health, social development - that must function in concert to yield improvement in human health and well-being in both developing and developed countries. To reach its goal, the organization must meet a complex challenge: deliver projects that can deliver tangible results and serve as solid precedents for public policy and impact investment. Success requires innovative strategies in execution, reporting, and social marketing.

ARCHIVE aims for effective expenditures that produce high impact, replicable results. Increasingly, the organization has emphasized site-specific solutions that involve local design, skills, and materials, all of which have a demonstrable impact on human health and well-being, but also reduce construction costs and minimize future maintenance. Integral to the approach are training and education programs that empower project beneficiaries as agents of sustained change. But the most critical demand is to demonstrate clear returns in the form of decreased health burdens. Rigorous health surveillance methodologies and programs that chart changes in the incidence of disease are central to quantifying return on investment. Reduced disease translates directly to decreased health care costs and indirectly to a more vital and productive population.

Consonant with these objectives, ARCHIVE has embraced the need to bring together health professionals with designers, architects, and urban planners in an effort to build a lower cost, higher impact preventive health care model that encompasses the social and environmental determinants of health. Establishing the architecture and planning paradigm essential to improving health requires greater participation in design and health forums in both academic and professional settings, along with media and visual materials that tell ARCHIVE's story to ever-widening audiences.

ARCHIVE Global's leadership team spans the design, public health, nonprofit development, and corporate finance sectors, giving the organization the resources to deliver innovative interdisciplinary projects supported by effective operational expenditures and robust accountability. The organization has been in the non-profit world for over 5 years, with an extensive network of field partnerships as well as corporate and academic relationships.

ARCHIVE Global's founder, Peter Williams, is an experienced architect and public health professional with a vast range of connections in corporate architecture firms as well as public health academia, both in the UK and the United States. This network is appropriately aligned with ARCHIVE's goal to deliver innovative designs in parallel with accurate health reporting. The organization's board includes partners from leading architecture firms, public health faculty from leading academic institutions, along with leaders in corporate finance and healthcare marketing. This counsel ensures effective operational management and a strong fundraising base.

ARCHIVE has mobilized over 100 volunteers from over 15 countries to donate their services for an average of 3-6 months and has motivated them to achieve results far beyond what they believed capable. With their help, the organization has secured 6-figure investments from Big 5 investment banks, pro bono professional development training and pro bono consultancy, and general counsel from a Big 5 accounting firm and an international legal firm, respectively.

Reliable field partnerships are critical for a global organization, particularly in the developing world. To ensure that ARCHIVE engages with effective and accountable partners, potential organizations are screened to ensure they are registered, insured, demonstrate transparent procurement and book-keeping with audited financials, and follow safe labor employment practices with a permanent staff no smaller than five. The partner must also demonstrate a strong relationship among stakeholders in both relevant communities and government bodies.

The foremost goal of ARCHIVE Global is to demonstrate clear reductions in health burdens and expenditures as a result of improvements to living environment. Accordingly, our research and monitoring are structured in accordance with specifically designated scientific advisory groups that include leaders from the WHO, UN, and preeminent academic institutions such as Columbia University, UC Berkeley, and University College London.

ARCHIVE Global looks to set precedents for the full range of both health burdens and their related design interventions. This is necessary to effectively establish a health and housing paradigm that will inform both the healthcare and design communities globally. In efforts to achieve this goal, the organization has first and foremost engaged professionals across different fields. Specifically, by launching innovation campaigns and competitions in which design and health professionals have worked together to develop innovative strategies that improve health for the world's most vulnerable communities.

Currently, ARCHIVE has run projects with awareness and housing campaigns addressing the following:
-Vector control design to combat malaria (Cameroon)
-Ventilation, sanitation, and shelter for those with HIV/AIDS (Haiti)
-Converting dirt floors to cement to reduce rates of diarrheal disease (Bangladesh)
-Reducing airborne disease by addressing overcrowding and lack of ventilation (UK)
-Reducing asthma by addressing household triggers (USA)

The organization is working to tackle other major issues that align with its mission. In parallel, ARCHIVE's current projects are allowing the organization to establish a streamlined model for a project cycle: design, delivery, funding, and evaluation. This involves fulfilling key roles in the field, and ensuring standards of communication and reporting. With these structures in place, ARCHIVE has been able to adhere to a strict timetable and has been able to ensure that designs are being carried out at an acceptable standard.

At the same time, ARCHIVE is increasingly focusing on using media to tell the stories that can draw attention and funding to its mission. This is especially important for ARCHIVE, given that health and the built environment have traditionally been perceived as isolated issues.



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Board of directors
as of 7/2/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Peter Williams


Andela Aidala, Ph.D. Professor

Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University

Lenore Cooney Chairman and Co-Founder

Cooney/Waters Group

David Drake Chairman

LDJ Capital

Michael Feigin Corporate Vice President of Global Procurement and Travel


Gregory Martin Partner, US Professional Practice Group

Ernst & Young LLP

Kevin Davis President

ThyoGen Group

Chris Nicholson Senior Portfolio Strategist

Iron Harbor Capital Management

David Panton Chairman

PCH Holding Group

Paul Scialla CEO

Delos Living

Peter Williams Founder / Executive Director


Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No