Working in partnership with UN-Habitat, the Arcadis Shelter program is addressing one of the world’s most urgent sustainability challenges: urbanization. Since 2010, more than 2200 Arcadians have participated in one of the more than 100 Shelter missions, in 31 countries, improving living conditions for some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

The challenge

As our towns and cities grow at unprecedented rates, urbanization is one of the most pressing challenges facing the global community in the 21st century. Making sustainable improvements to the urban environment is critical to delivering lasting results for all our communities. Arcadis is well positioned to support UN-Habitat and to address this urgent challenge.

Shelter program


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Shelter Program activities

The Shelter program activities focus on three main activities, the Shelter Academy, the Shelter missions, and the Shelter workshops.

Shelter missions

Arcadians take part in Shelter missions to address challenges in the developing world. These efforts are in support of specific UN-Habitat missions, where our experts can share knowledge, offer training, capacity building sessions, and provide theoretical and technical support.

Shelter Academy

The Shelter Academy is an annual program of a week in which high-level local officials from Asia, Africa, and Latin America will make an implementation and action plan looking at case studies on climate adaptation and mitigation in their region. They do this with the help of Arcadis experts, workshops and concrete examples of Arcadis’ projects worldwide. The Academy promotes learning and capacity building on the topic of cities and climate change and fosters a meaningful dialogue on how cities are responding to these challenges.

Shelter workshops

We also organize a number of different Shelter workshops each year. This includes internal workshops to educate our people about the Shelter Program and our partnership with UN-Habitat. We also send experts to participate in Urban Thinkers Campuses, an initiative within UN-Habitat’s World Urban Campaign. 

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Alexis Haass, Chief Sustainability Officer

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