Tampa architect's design shelters refugees in Sudan - FOX 13 News

Tampa architect's design shelters refugees in Sudan

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Mishou Sanchez is an incredible painter and architect. She used her talents to create something that could potentially save lives.

For Mishou, work is where the home is. Her garage has turned into an art studio.

"This is my home. Also home of the bohemian gallery," Mishou said. "I just pour and spatter and utilize spray paint."

The 36-year-old Carrollwood artist has her own unique style. Mishou uses paint that is usually thrown away. She slings it across the canvas like organized chaos.

"I thing it's important to create beauty from things that are discarded and are thought to be garbage, but it's not. There is beauty within it," Mishou said as she whirled around the garage splattering paint.

While she was in California working on a master's degree in architecture , Mishou designed something that changed her life and other people around the world: Simple dwellings for the homeless.

"This is a project that I designed in grad school that's now a hospital for Darfur, Sudan. It's made out of completely earthly construction, so it is basically uncut sand bags and dirt," Mishou said.

Her idea took off. A group called the American Sudanese Partnership adopted her concept to build low-cost basic housing for refugees in Sudan and other impoverished people around the world.

The shelters are basically circular dirt domes built partially underground for protection against enemy attacks.

"I think that as an artist or an architect, it is my objective to contribute and to help the world as little as I can or as much as I can, and create beautiful things and that's my purpose," she said.

An artist with an idea resulting in a lifeline for people who have nothing.

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