Wes Janz is the founder of onesmallproject.org, a collection of global and local initiatives that foreground the lives of people that many observers consider to be in-need or at-risk. He is a professor of architecture at Ball State University where, in 2006, he was the recipient of the university’s Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2008, Wes was a finalist for the Curry Stone Design Prize, which is awarded to breakthrough projects that “engage communities at the fulcrum of change, raising awareness, empowering individuals and fostering collective revitalization.” More recently, Wes curated the “Couched Constructions” found materials show at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis. At one time, Wes was curious about the power held by the world’s wealthiest individuals and most prominent designers. Now he believes that people, no matter how poor or apparently disadvantaged, are fully capable of making their way and that it is often the case that the interventions of well-intentioned persons bring both opportunity and harm to the lives of locals.
Janz is the first architect in the U.S to pull a permit for building the first permanent structure made almost exclusively of shipping pallets.
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