About Us

We are a group of experienced architects from the US, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and India who are committed to engaging practitioners, policy-makers, and the public, in a collaborative dialogue

We are a non-profit design organization with a mission to enhance the built environment of disadvantaged communities through innovative architecture and design. AFS was incorporated in September of 2015, but its key members have been practicing architecture for an average of 20 years. As a group of experienced architects from the U.S.A., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and India, we are invested in design education, research, and practice with extensive experience in a wide range of project types.


Amro Sallam - Board Member

Minneapolis, USA

David Dwars - Chief Operations Officer

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Dr. Altaf Engineer - Communications Director

Phoenix, USA

Stephan Wedrich - Program Director

Basel, Switzerland

Taru Niskanen - Development Director

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Luca Marchetti - Architectural Designer

Pesaro, Italy


Yousef Oqleh - Board Chair

Dubai, UAE

Dan Clark

Minneapolis, USA

Dr. Steve Mellema

St. Peter, USA

Sonal Mithal

Surat, India

Mourad Bendjennet

Montreal, Canada

David Koch

Madrid, Spain

Adam Whipple

Chicago, USA

Klaas Elsinga

Amsterdam, The Netherlands