Building independence

Building independence

Last spring, a handful of architecture students were faced with a daunting and unfamiliar challenge: design a school for a village 8,000 miles away in the African Simanjiro region, where water is scarce, the average wage is $1.25 a day and half the children die by age 5.

Michael Garrison, professor in the School of Architecture, realized the request from the nonprofit organization Africa's Promise Village was intimidating. But he was confident the students would bring vision and passion to the project.

Read about the Architecture graduate students' design project in the feature story "Building independence: Architecture students design a new green complex to bring education, clean water and sustainable food sources to East African villages."