STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES THROUGH DESIGN

A Child's Hope Orphanage, Haiti. Archifarm is working with A Child's Hope and Studio RED Architects on the designs for a self-sustaining community to raise 400 lost children of Haiti.

This project is a prototype and will be used as a model for future orphanage projects!

Designers - Studio RED Architects, Kevin Watters, A Child's Hope

Archifarm Student Design Charrette. In September 2013, Archifarm hosted a two day student design charrette wtih architecture students from the University of Houston and Texas A&M. Students were mentored by Kevin Watters, Founder of Archifarm, Bill Neuhaus, Principal of Studio RED Architects, and Ardis Clinton, Architect at Perkins+Will.

Under the mentorship of local architects, students interviewed the client, Raleigh Jenkins, founder of A Child's Hope, in order to distill the project needs into conceptual designs and produce a crowdfunding campaign.

Check out the crowdfunding campaign!

A&M Students - Kevin Marek, Jose Padilla, Jason Sanchez, Kindall Stephens

UH Students - Gaby Espinosa, Sam Goulas, Amy Habeeb, Nicolas Herrera, Wade Meadors, Taneesa Morris, Giovanna Pena, Natalie Rodriguez, Daniel Serna, Gaby Soto

Spirit Reins, Liberty Hill, Texas. Archifarm is working with Spirit Reins on the conceptual designs of their future arena, stables, training areas, offices, pavilions, and visitor cabins. The goal of the project is to mesh a sustainable and modern ranch design with the feel of the 1800's.

Spirit Reins transforms the lives of children and families through trauma-informed therapy services, training, and research. We offer a variety of innovative professional counseling services, but specialize in Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy(TF-EAP) in serving children who have experienced abuse, neglect, or other traumatic events. TF-EAP utilizes the physiology and psychology of horses to help individuals effectively process trauma.

Designers - Joel 'Nico' Rios, Kevin Watters, Sara Patton, Spirit Reins

Houston Blues Museum. Archifarm is working with The Houston Blues Museum's to design Houston's first music museum, celebrating Houston's rich Blues history and solidifying its international presence. In the fall of 2012, Archifarm hosted a student design charrette with University of Houston architecture students to develop conceptual designs for fundraising.

Archifarm Student Design Charrette. Archifarm hosted a two day student design charrette, September 2012, where University of Houston architecture students interacted with the Houston Blues Museum, researched the proposed site, and produced conceptual designs for the Houston Blues Museum to use as a fundraising tool. Students were mentored by Pliny Fisk III, Co-Director of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, Bill Neuhaus, Principal of Studio RED Architects, and Ardis Clinton, Architect at Perkins+Will.

Check out the First Place submission by Team Neuhaus, which included UH students Taneesa Morris, Natalie Rodriguez, Nick Herrera, Chris Castaneda.

We also want to recognize the runner-up, Team Clinton, which included UH students Vy Mai, Sheridan Staats, Matt Opuszenski, Tyler Vice.

Both teams worked very hard and produced work beyond our expectations!

Independence Heights Community Health Center. Archifarm developed the design schematics for the Motherland Inc. IHCHC, a four story, 16,000 square foot health center located in Houston. The project, a referral from the 1% Program of Public Architecture, was for a grant application to fund construction of the health center.

Designer - Kevin Watters

Gateway PCEA Vocational School, Embu Town, Kenya. Archifarm consulted with Stu Ross of the Outreach Foundation on materials and construction techniques for future projects.

We also got our hands dirty and helped construct the vocational school sponsored by Grace Presbyterian Church of Houston, TX. We had a very special guest and ribbon cutter for the dedication ceremony, Mary Wambui (Mama Winnie), the Second Lady of Kenya!