Designing with social impact and problem solving in mind – this is the motivation behind urban planner and architect Prasoon.
Co-Founder and CEO. Prasoon Kumar, billionBricks.
“Design professionals need to understand the impact and implications that their work can have on society. Don’t just search for better pay. Find meaning and fulfilment in what you do.”
Prasoon is an urban planner and architect by profession with over 10 years of experience in design firms across Asia and America. He believes that design encompasses more than aesthetics, and that good design can solve some of today’s most pressing global problems.
He blended his passion with compassion to co-found billionBricks, a non-profit organisation that attempts to eradicate the issue of homelessness by designing scalable and sustainable shelters for the homeless and vulnerable across the globe. billionBricks uses design and technology as its tools to innovate shelter and infrastructure solutions for the homeless and vulnerable. One of its innovations is an insulated tent that can be used as an emergency shelter to save the lives of homeless people during extreme weather conditions.
Prasoon’s belief that good design can save lives was cemented when he witnessed the ordeals of homeless people first-hand, following the aftermath of a devasting earthquake in Nepal in 2015. His company set up 120 tents to shelter some of the homeless families there, and this was where he truly experienced how life-changing a “simple tent” could be to the homeless.
This was further reinforced when he met a homeless woman with a young child who had lived their entire lives on the streets, before they finally made a home out of the tent that they were given. “We can never fully understand how much a small gesture can mean to someone, and this pushes us to do better - to help the millions of people who need these support systems.”