Board of Directors

Board of Directors

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Board of Directors

“The Centre for Architecture and Human Rights is registered under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act” and is governed by a Board of Directors.”

The first board meeting was held in July of 2006 with Joan Firkins, Martin Golder and Graeme Bristol.

The current Board is:

Michael Herzfeld

D.Litt, D.Phil., M.A., B.A.

Is Professor of Anthropology and Curator of European Ethnology in the Peabody Museum at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1991. He was educated at the Universities of Cambridge (B.A. in Archaeology and Anthropology), Athens, Birmingham (M.A., Modern Greek Studies, D. Litt.); and Oxford (Social Anthropology, D. Phil.). His research, which has been conducted in Greece, Italy, and Thailand, addresses questions of national and local identity, historic conservation, the transmission of knowledge, and gentrification and its discontents.

Martin Golder,

MAIBC, B.Arch.

As architect and mediator has been a ‘Green’ builder and designer since the mid 70’s. Green here refers not only to energy and healthy buildings but also to a connection with the Earth. He is currently on the board and past chair of the Sierra Club of BC and deeply committed to the current movement to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Martin is also on the BC Roster of mediators and has taught about the use of magic in mediation, specifically the use of Metta bhavana (loving kindness).

Graeme Bristol



Is a Canadian architect teaching at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi in Thailand.  He is also the founder and executive director of the Centre for Architecture and Human Rights, a Canadian foundation advancing a rights-based approach to development in the practice architecture, engineering and planning and building portable schools for the children of migrant construction workers.  He holds a Masters in architecture from the University of British Columbia and an LLM in human rights law from Queens University Belfast.

Saeed Zaki

B.Arch., MSc, PhD

Brings with him over two decades of the extensive experience with local and multinational firms in property and real estate development, with over ten years of which in a senior management role responsible for managing business and projects at regional level. An architect, urban designer and urban planner by trade, Saeed has had a long-proven track record of successful project planning design, development and implementation in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Philippines, Cambodia and India.

In 2007, Saeed joined dwp in the Managing Director capacity being responsible for the overall operation and key commercial strategies and initiatives across the Thai market. Directing multiple design studios, Saeed collaborates closely with design directors to ensure that requirements of individual projects and clients business objectives are met while maintaining design integrity and preserving dwp’s high quality standards.


Bianca Cesarotti –

Trude Renwick –

Pornthep –

Alvaro Conti –

Michael Salter –

Duncan Firth –

Rahul Bhargav Kaushik Barthakur –


Over the years we have received support from many organizations in different sectors:

Education –  SOAD, KMUTT

Community – though they were evicted in April 2018, the people of the Pom Mahakan community were the motivation behind CAHR and an inspiration to many

NGOs – Mercy Centre, Building and Woodworker’s International, Lighthouse Club  Bangkok

Government – Canadian Embassy in Thailand

Private – Bangtao Beach Gardens

Professions – Alberta Association of Architects, dwp

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