The IAPMO Group extended its deepest sympathies to the family and colleagues of Paul Pholeros, Architect and Director of Healthabitat, who passed away unexpectedly at the age of 62 in Sydney, Australia on February 1. Since establishing non-profit Healthabitat in 1985, Pholeros worked tirelessly on a series of urban, rural and remote architectural projects throughout his native Australia and beyond. Pholeros was an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Sydney (his alma mater) and Vice-Chairman and Board Member of Emergency Architects Australia. In 2007, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition for his persistence and outstanding service to the health and well-being of the indigenous population of Australia and the Torres Strait Islands. Since 2012, IAPMO has supported Healthabitat’s growing international Sanitation Studio program, addressing community sanitation and skills development needs in Nepal, Bangladesh, South Africa and Papua, New Guinea. The Community Plumbing Challenge, presented for the first time in India, was the latest initiative to emerge under Pholeros’ direction and guidance.
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