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Network of African Architecture Schools Launched in Accra, Ghana
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August 14, 2012
Jack Travis


ArchiAfrika, the network connecting professionals, scholars and others interested in the African built environment, launched the ArchiAfrika Educational Network, a partnership of architecture schools across the continent, at a conference held in cooperation with the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Mr. Mark Ankrah, MD of the State Housing Company, officially closed the Educational Network conference, attended by fourteen schools of architecture, representing all the regions of the continent and joined by internationally renowned thinkers and practitioners, at Afia Beach Resort on Sunday, 3 June, 2012. The newly appointed head of the ArchiAfrika Educational Network, Mr. Abdelmoumen Benabdeljalil from the Architecture School in Casablanca, Morocco, presented the goals and ambitions for the coming years. The ArchiAfrika Educational Network aims at developing excellence among the next generation professionals in the African built environment. The parties agreed that strategies to address the challenges in the African built environment should be developed from within the continent, in a cross disciplinary and cross cultural dialogue, including the excelling contemporary architects of Africa in the activities.

A committee, existing of Mr. Benabdeljalil and Prof. George Intsiful (KNUST – Ghana), Prof. Aletta Steenkamp (University of Cape Town – South Africa) and Dr. Lawrence Esho (Kenya Polytechnic University College), will elaborate a programme consisting of international lecture series using new technologies, innovative workshops, trainee and summer school programmes for staff and students. For more information, interviews and/or photos, please contact Tuuli Saarela,aaaccra@archiafrika.org, +233 577 604 440 / +233 262 342 420. ArchiAfrika Accra 40 4th Circular Road, PO box 1576 Cantonments, Accra, Ghana www.archiafrika.org

Notes The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is given every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture. The Award seeks projects that represent the broadest possible range of architectural interventions, with particular attention given to building schemes that use local resources and appropriate technology in innovative ways, and those that are likely to inspire similar efforts elsewhere. Projects can be anywhere in the world, but must successfully address the needs and aspirations of societies in which Muslims have a significant presence. The Award regularly organises seminars to explore contemporary issues affecting the built environment. The next prize will be awarded in 2013, and nominations are currently being accepted. The international network ArchiAfrika recently established its international base in Accra. The network will continue its stimulating activities, now coordinated by ArchiAfrika Accra through biannual conferences all over the continent, newsletters, a website and local activities like the cross cultural series of events ‘Adventurers in the Diaspora’ (AiD). The participating schools of the network that attended the conference in Accra are:

1. Ecole d'Architecture de Casablanca, Morocco
2. Department of Architecture, Pretoria University
3. Ethiopian Institute of Architecture Building Construction and City Development (EiABC), AAU Addis Ababa University
4. ARDHI University, Dar es Salaam 5. The Kenya Polytechnic University College, School of Architecture and Built Environment
6. Ecole Africaine des Métiers de l'Architecture et d'Urbanisme (EAMAU), Togo
7. Department of Architecture, KNUST University
8. Federal Polytechnic, Ede
9. University of Nigeria, Enugu
10. University of Pretoria, South Africa
11. College Universitaire d’architecture de Dakar
12. Central University, Ghana
13. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
14. School of Architecture, Planning & Geomatics, University of Cape Town, South Africa

With:
ArchiAfrika www.archiafrika.org
Aga Khan Award for Architecture www.akdn.org
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology www.knust.edu.gh


Sponsors:
Aga Khan Award for Architecture www.akdn.org
Amaechi & Njide Ndili Family
Golden Tulip Hotel Accra www.goldentuliphotelaccra.com
DOEN Foundation www.doen.nl
Blue Skies www.blueskies.com