This week on Burning Down the House, Curtis B. Wayne is discussing volunteerism with architect Leah Kreger. Leah has been donating her time to relief efforts in Breezy Point and The Rockaways in Queens, New York in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Tune in to learn about the roles that professional architects and laypeople can play in terms of rebuilding these devastated areas. How does the architect’s social contract factor into the idea of volunteering? Hear about some of the construction and rebuilding techniques that are being used to fix and insulate homes in Breezy Point. Leah speaks about Storm Enormous and her experiences working with the populations in Queens, and how architects can design to serve the community in emergency situations. This program has been sponsored by The Heritage Meat Shop.

“Architects have this thing where sometimes we work these crazy hours… but one of the things that I have learned is that working longer hours does not necessarily serve our clients. I want to put a push back into being efficient and effective with our resources and our energy.” [60:00]

Leah Kreger on Burning Down the House