African Design Centre Fellowship Program to Open in September
Based in Kigali, Rwanda, the African Design Centre (ADC) has launched a 2-year fellowship program to train and empower creative leaders to design a more equitable, just, and sustainable Africa. The core of the program is an immersive design-build project focusing on Community Engagement, Design, Construction, and Evaluation. This is paired with classroom-based curriculum and research in emerging issues such as urbanization, affordable housing, and climate change. Fellows will graduate with the training and hands-on experience required to execute social impact-driven solutions to the continent’s most pressing challenges.
“By 2050 the continent’s population will have doubled, and will be concentrated in rapidly growing urban centres. To meet the needs of this population, 85,000 clinics, 310,000 primary schools, and over 700 million units of housing will need to be built. There is currently a lack of trained professionals who can plan, design and build sustainable, high-performing infrastructure; the United States has 75 times more architects per capita than East Africa has.”
The program is open to recent university graduates with a Bachelor’s Degree in a design-related field, such as Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urbanism, Engineering, or Industrial Design. Scholarships and other financial aid are available to ensure every admitted fellow can attend regardless of background.
Candidates are invited to apply online at africandesigncentre.org until June 15th, 2016. Classes for the two-year program will begin September 5th, 2016.