“Just Say Hello” Lecture Examines Homelessness and Healing

“Just Say Hello”
Rex Hohlbein, Principal of Rex Hohlbein Architects in Seattle
Sponsored by the School of Design + Construction and the Department of Sociology
Friday, April 17 at 5pm in Goertzen Hall 21

Why do we just walk past people suffering through homelessness?

Do we believe that the issue is beyond our ability to make a real difference? Do we think that homelessness is simply a series of poor choices and not our responsibility? Or perhaps there is a fear that keeps us from reaching out to those in need, a fear that is connected to the negative stereotype of this issue. The reasons we have for not seeing the suffering of others are many, but the end result is the same, it is emotionally damaging to both the homed and the homeless.

There is a path for healing this and it begins by seeing the person in front of us rather than the issue that overwhelms us.

Rex Hohlbein is a practicing architect in Seattle Washington, working as the Principal of Rex Hohlbein Architects since 1987. Born and raised in Seattle, he studied at Washington State University, receiving his Bachelor of Architecture in 1982. In 2011 he began the Facebook Community page ‘Homeless in Seattle’ as a photo-journal project to build community awareness for those living without shelter and other basic needs. Through the sharing of photos and personal stories he highlights the unique beauty of each person, asking the viewer to break through the negative stereotype against those living on our streets. The ‘Homeless in Seattle’ site currently has over 16,000 followers, representing forty-five countries. It is a project under the nonprofit ‘Facing Homelessness’ of which Rex is the Founding and current Executive Director.