2013 Empowerment by Design Competition Winners

The Architecture Department at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, in partnership with ASA Studio and Zone Association Onlus, are proud to announce the winner for the 2013 Empowerment By Design Student Competition.

With representatives from 14 different countries registered for the competition, the FAED Cultural & Outreach Committee appreciates all the efforts put in by the entrants. Congratulations to Luk Chung Ling, Lam Cheuk Wai, Tam Wing Yee, and Yue Ka Hin of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China for your winning entry! Honorable Mention given to the following teams for their exceptional entries as well: Stafan Stienstra, Imke Van Leuken, Ruben Aalbersberg, and Jesper Wielinga of Delft University of Technology, Delft, NetherlandsIlyas Ei Hajji, Ayoub Lharchi, and Sharif Anouar of the National School of Architecture, Rabat, MoroccoLucia Battaglino, Bernardo Corsetti and Marta Citterico of Universit√° degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy

The winning entry from Luk Chung Ling, Lam Cheuk Wai, Tam Wing Yee, and Yue Ka Hin of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Honorable Mention to Stefan Stienstra, Imke Van Leuken, Ruben Aalbersberg, and Jesper Wielinga of Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands

Honorable Mention to Ilyas Ei Hajji, Ayoub Lharchi, and Sharif Anouar of the National School of Architecture, Rabat, Morocco

Honorable Mention to Lucia Battaglino, Bernardo Corsetti and Marta Citterico of Universit√° degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy

3 Days left to register!

Email faedcultureoutreachcommittee@gmail.com for your registration number!

Some Q&A from frequently asked questions are below:

Q: Can teams be composed of graduates and current students?
A: This is a student competition.  Only current students and graduates from 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 academic 
years are eligible to participate.

Q: Beyond my registration number, is there anything that needs to be completed to make me qualified to enter?
A: Page 8 of the competition brief must be filled out and submitted with your entry on July 7.  Entries without this 
form will not be eligible.  All team members must be listed on the form but one primary contact and address 
should be indicated. 

Q: Are there additional site images available?
A: Each team is provided with the same CAD plan and two aerial images of the site.  Any additional research into the site, culture, history and demographics of Rwanda is up to the individual team to source.

Q: What are the hours of operation for the ECD Centers?
A: Current facilities operate from 7AM until 5PM.  Children often stay for 4-5 hour blocks of time before and after 

Q: What does "$15000 per unit" refer too?  
A: The estimated cost of construction is for one classroom unit per the program currently being implemented in Rwanda.  Each classroom is considered a unit.  The $15000 USD does not include the costs for the auxiliary and administrative facilities required in the program.

Empowerment by Design Symposium

What: Please join us Friday, May 31 beginning at 3:30 PM in KIST’s FAED Building for the inaugural design symposium hosted by the Department of Architecture and FAED’s Cultural and Outreach Committee with Keynote Speaker Raul Pantaleo of studio tamassociati.
Date: Friday, May 31st
Time: 3:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: FAED @ Kigali Institute of Science and Technology
Cost: Free!
The Department of Architecture’s cultural outreach for the 2012-2013 second semester aimed to stress the role architecture and design can have on a community and the potential role it can play in development, awareness, and activism. Design and planning for a community can be the catalyst for change-making.
Our afternoon will begin with 20:20 Presentations from local designers, creative thinkers and visionaries sharing their projects, practices and ideas on community empowerment, followed by Q&A and discussion panels with the presenters. FAED is honored to welcome architect, graphic designer and partner at design studio tamassociati, Raul Pantaleo as the event’s keynote speaker. To close the day, we will be screening Unfinished Spaces: The National Arts School of Cuba.
On exhibit will be the studio and the thesis work from the award winning students in each year and the announcement of the 2012-2013 studio awards. Additionally, KIST is proud to host the International Exhibition Archigineer Africa: Collective Housing in Africa. The exhibit will open on the ground floor studios in FAED and in the arcbox on Friday, 31 May and run through Friday, 7 June. Find more details and get a sneek peak of the winners at: http://www.afrikarchi.com/
Please join us for the full event or drop in for just a portion. Refreshments and good conversation provided. Open to the public!


Transforming Communities Through Architecture and Urbanism

FAED arcontest 2013

African countries are facing an enormous challenge in the child development sphere: With over 140 million children scattered across Africa, the future of the continent is at stake. In addition, the international image of children is becoming increasingly homogeneous and based on a Western derivation of appearance and characteristics.
Recent international and national development efforts in countries all over Africa have promoted children education and nutrition as the key to help communities overcome poverty, improve their lives and change their future. Mobilizing local governments to build safe, healthy, affordable and environmentally sound educational institutions for children and their communities, however, has proven difficult at best.
Several research projects have found that integrated and well-coordinated Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs help countries maximize the effectiveness of their investments in children. Importantly, vulnerable children, their parents and legal guardians require well-integrated and coordinated ECD services to meet their needs.
This international design competition is open to students and graduates of the 2012 and 2013 academic years. Deadline for registration is 23rd June 2013 and submission deadline is 7th July 2013. The winner and four honorable mentions will be announced on 12th July 2013.

Contact faedcultureoutreachcommittee@gmail.com for the bases and more details or questions.

Final thesis review


The Department of Architecture cordially invites you to participate in the final reviews of KIST’s first graduating architects.

Please join us for this significant occasion as the country’s first generation
of home-educated architects present the results of their investigations 
on Rwandan architecture related topics.

Final Thesis Reviews
02 - 03 May at FAED-KIS


arctalk's empowerment by design series continues with

Thomas Aquilina, RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship Winner, who will share his
experience and research "The resiliencies and possibilities of the modern African city."

date   :  Wednesday, March 20 at 5:00 pm
Venue:  Ground Floor studios at FAED on KIST’s campus

The African [popular] city is open to endless and imminent possibilities for transformation or change. In urban environments often termed “informal” these cities become fundamentally critical subjects, not as a process of accelerated urbanisation, but because they offer a radically different way of being.
2012 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholar, Thomas Aquilina, is developing further an investigation he started in a university thesis based on Mathare in Nairobi,The street that opens onto somewhere.

 His current research traces the intersections and movements of [popular] African economies: a complex interplay of urban relationships, actors and practices across a number of African cities.Thomas will explore an everyday experience of architecture and offer some extraordinary moments from his research observations and methods in Cairo, Addis Ababa, Kampala and Kigali.


Please join Wambete Soita, Head of Architecture, and FAED's Cultural and Outreach Committee for this Wednesday's arcfilm continuing our semester's Empowerment by Design series.  We'll be screening Haiti Redux: A Study of Post Catastrophe Reconstruction.

Haiti Redux: A Study of Post Catastrophe Reconstruction

The earthquake didn't cause a disaster, it revealed one.
From the debris of Haiti’s devastating earthquake, organizations and individuals unearth innovative ways to rebuild a more stable and sustainable society.

Haiti Redux is a study of how social entrepreneurs, NGOs, governments and community leaders are collaborating to help restore and construct sustainable communities primed for growth and prosperity. The film, a collaboration between Fountainhead Transmedia and New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate explores the process of reconstructing schools, orphanages, housing, and infrastructure developments in Haiti.

Wednesday, March 6 at 6:00 pm 
Empowerment by Design series
Ground floor,  FAED on KIST’s campus.


KIGALI NOUVEAU: from Vision to Implementation

A presentation of and platform around the KIGALI MASTER PLAN.

Adopted by Rwanda Parliament in 2008, the award-winning Kigali Conceptual Master Plan is an overarching guide for all planning in Kigali. It aims to transform Rwanda’s capital into a regional financial, business and entertainment centre for East Central Africa. Dubbed the “Switzerland of Africa”, frenzy around the implementation of the 2020 Kigali Conceptual Master Plan (KCM) has also earned the city another nickname, “Africa’s Singapore”. A keynote introduction by architects/planners from the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology/KIST will explain the current changes of the urban landscape in Kigali and the planners’ intentions. Local and international professionals, KIST Architecture tutors and students (those familiar and working within Kigali’s built environment) take a “walk” through the speculative new city envisioned by Oz Architects (USA) and developed by Surbana, the Singaporese planning consortium appointed by the Government of Rwanda. In cooperation with the Faculty of Architecture and Environmental Design (KIST) and the City of Kigali.

Location: GOETHE-INSTITUT / Grand Studio

Wednesday 13 March, 6.30 pm

Free Entrance


Visiting lecturer, Susanne Gampfer will introduce us to her work in the Mathare slums area of Nairobi.

The Skills Centre in Malaa near Nairobi, Kenya is a special project in many respects:
Initiated by a Kenyan-German partnership of NGO’s, it aims at offering young people from one of Nairobi’s largest slum areas Mathare a practical education in several different professions from carpenter to electrician. The school building was designed by a group of German architecture students with input from the future users and experts from a partner University. Finally, the design team travelled to Kenya to realise their ideas working hand in hand with workers from the local community. The building is constructed out of traditional and innovative materials: walls made from local natural stone encase a filigree roof structure made from indigenous Kenyan bamboo.

The buildings create a sense of place in a scarcely populated rural area in a literal but also in a figurative sense. The complex has attracted much attention. Now, about six month after the official opening, local students have joined the courses and neighbours from the surrounding farms are planning to use the school for community meetings and other activities.

Please join us Wednesday, February 20 at 5:00 pm for an arctalk in our continuing Empowerment by Design series in classroom 2 at FAED on KIST’s campus.


Wambete Soita, Head of Architecture, and FAED's Cultural
and Outreach Committee invite you to the introductory arctalk of the 2013 school year, semester II .

This lecture will show the public,the outcomes of a study, research and analysis of the coastal settlements in the Tanzanian coast, specially Stone town in Zanzibar, performed by the third year students of Architecture, in mid January 2013.

arctalk:  learning from swahili architecture
Wednesday, February 6
5:00 PM
3rd year studio @ FAED on KIST's Campus