It Changed My Life: Architect builds on housing the homeless

Mr Prasoon on a visit to Diggi Tanda village in India. billionBricks has worked on about eight projects and settled at least 4,000 homeless in several countries. Mr Prasoon Kumar at his office in Fusionopolis, with the all-season weatherHYDE tent tha
Mr Prasoon on a visit to Diggi Tanda village in India. billionBricks has worked on about eight projects and settled at least 4,000 homeless in several countries. Mr Prasoon Kumar at his office in Fusionopolis, with the all-season weatherHYDE tent that he and his team designed for the homeless. In the foreground is a miniature model of the solar version called the powerHYDE, which he is working on now.PHOTO: LIN ZHAOWEI FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES

He gives up cushy job and fat pay, setting up non-profit outfit to tackle widespread problem

While going through his old files and papers recently, Mr Prasoon Kumar came across an unopened letter.

It was an offer of employment from one of the biggest architectural firms in the world. He received it in 2013 just before he founded billionBricks, a non-profit organisation to tackle homelessness.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 18, 2018, with the headline 'Architect builds on housing the homeless'. Print Edition | Subscribe