Masi has been the National Director for Habitat for Humanity Fiji for seven years. He is Fijian and a Pacific Islander who strongly believes that Pacific cultures are inevitably intertwined by the ocean that separates them and the weather that shapes them.
Masi is an architect with almost 30 years of experience in the building industry and has long been active in Fiji’s architectural community. Masi’s experience spans across the USA, Nepal and the Pacific. He is passionate about social housing, not only form the humanitarian perspective but from its cultural appropriateness.
Masi’s work in the Pacific has allowed him to work with a variety of building technologies, some of which he considers unsuitable for the local climate and perpetuate the colonisation of Pacific cultures, resulting in poverty. He has a special interest in identifying locally appropriate and disaster-safe building technologies suitable for rural Pacific communities.
Concurrent session speaker: Beyond shelter recovery to building capacity for self-recovery and resilience