Emergency Architects is an international not for profit agency that sends experienced architects and other built environment specialists to disaster areas to work alongside and aid local communities, governments, aid agencies, and fundraisers to rebuild devastated areas in a sustainable way. Together they develop appropriate and sustainable strategies for each phase of disaster relief. Emergency Architects focuses on the construction of permanent solutions rather than temporary structures. Emergency Architects utilize local materials, local labor, and community involvement, in order to deliver a fast and long-term result. Since 2001 Emergency Architects has fielded operations in 19 countries, facilitating the work of almost 900 architects from around the world in aid of populations affected by disaster. Emergency Architects is a global, independent, not for profit organization based in Australia, France and Canada, and is not aligned with any religious or political beliefs.