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Gasuza Lwanga

Company Name : Adengo Architecture
Site: Kampala, Uganda
Foundation year: 2016
Firm direction: Doreen Adengo, Director
Size of the company : Six people: three architects, two qualified architects and an accountant
Education: March. from Yale University; BS from Catholic University of America

Bujjuko School, Bujjuko, Uganda.  In this largely agricultural region, community members spend most of their time outdoors, retiring indoors at night.  Adengo Architecture's design echoed this model by providing a seamless relationship between the interior and exterior of the school.
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Bujjuko School, Bujjuko, Uganda. In this largely agricultural region, community members spend most of their time outdoors, retiring indoors at night. Adengo Architecture’s design echoed this model by providing a seamless relationship between the interior and exterior of the school.
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To live: Adjaye Associates, Robert AM Stern Architects, Ellerbe Becket and Gruzen Samton Architects

How did you find the name of your company? I chose my name; I think it’s a strong name.

Firm mission: Our mission is focused on communicating the value of design in African cities. In a context where non-designers often build their own homes and other structures, we believe it is essential to argue that architects and town planners can improve people’s daily lives, helping cities to develop in such a way. sustainable.

First order : Bujjuko School in Bujjuko, Uganda. The school is based on a series of one-story buildings, which have been carefully placed on the sloping topography of the site. A series of terraces formed by leveling the land provide outdoor space between buildings for children and community members to congregate, play and garden. Because the school is located in a part of the country that experiences two rainy and dry seasons per year – with temperatures ranging from 68 F to 84 F and an average annual rainfall of 40 inches – we used passive design techniques to ensuring comfortable indoor environments and provided a rain collection system to store groundwater for use during dry seasons.

The Kitenge hub is located in downtown Kampala, where space is limited.  In order to maximize profits, owners introduce as much commercial space as possible into their buildings
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The Kitenge hub is located in downtown Kampala, where space is limited. In order to maximize profits, owners introduce as much commercial space as possible into their buildings
“African Mobilities 3X3” project.  Kitenge's Global Trade provides a window into the connections and contributions African migrants make to the world.  Combining photography, film, cartography and architecture, this project explored the ways in which Congolese traders and tailors are transforming the social, economic and built environment in Kampala, Uganda.
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“African Mobilities 3X3” project. Kitenge’s Global Trade provides a window into the connections and contributions African migrants make to the world. Combining photography, film, cartography and architecture, this project explored the ways in which Congolese traders and tailors are transforming the social, economic and built environment in Kampala, Uganda.
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Define the project and why: African Mobility Project 3X3. This was a multidisciplinary collaboration in which our studio explored how Congolese traders and tailors are transforming the social, economic and built environment in Kampala, while forging links with places much more distant. Working at multiple scales, we examined the impact of Kitenge’s trade at global, regional, city and neighborhood levels, focusing on the 3×3 meter store units that connect Congolese refugees to global industry. of fashion.

Another important project and why: Uganda National Museum, Conservation Management Plan, Keeping It Modern initiative with the Getty Foundation. This will be the first conservation management plan for a modernist building in Uganda. I hope this is just the start of a national movement to preserve our many modernist gems.

Uganda Museum, Conservation Management Plan, “Keeping It Modern” initiative.  The Uganda National Museum, designed by Ernst May in 1954, is one of the earliest purpose-built museums in Africa and one of the earliest Modernist buildings in Kampala.  Adengo Architecture is working with the Getty Foundation and other partners to develop a conservation management plan for this important museum, which has been threatened with demolition on numerous occasions.
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Uganda Museum, Conservation Management Plan, “Keeping It Modern” initiative. The Uganda National Museum, designed by Ernst May in 1954, is one of the earliest purpose-built museums in Africa and one of the earliest Modernist buildings in Kampala. Adengo Architecture is working with the Getty Foundation and other partners to develop a conservation management plan for this important museum, which has been threatened with demolition on numerous occasions.
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Which architects or firms have influenced your practice and how: I was inspired by Adjaye Associates and Robert AM Stern Architects. I met David Adjaye, Hon. FAIA, when I was a graduate student at Yale and intern in his office in 2004. It was important to have met someone I could relate to at that time, and I learned a lot about the studio environment. RAMSA was professional and the office had an excellent library. Beyond the good training, there was an interest in research, which drives my practice today. My mentors include Adjaye, Issa Diabaté and Louise Braverman, FAIA, all of whom lead successful practices, and I continue to learn from them.

Biggest career leap: When I started my practice in Uganda, I took part in the BBC’s First Person series in 2014. At the time, the BBC wasn’t really broadcasting positive news from Africa, so when it aired in the US and UK and on BBC World Service’s Focus on Africa, I quickly became known in Kampala.

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The most important advice you have ever received: The best advice has come from accountants. They advise architects that for any business to run smoothly, you need to charge the right fees, manage cash flow, and have a good accountant.

Which Instagram accounts should we follow: @adjaye_visual_sketchbook and @africanmobilities

What other emerging companies do we need to watch out for: Koffi & Diabatte and Local Works Uganda

The Global Urbanism Studio 2020 workshop focused on markets and analyzed how changes have been made to accommodate new government guidelines for COVID-19.  The studio speculated on possible futures in light of the current crisis juxtaposed with the challenges faced by climate change, and also explored innovative modes of representation, combining film, photography, cartography, interviews and architectural drawing.
Tadeo Nedala, May Xue, Sebastian Jin, courtesy of Adengo Architecture
The Global Urbanism Studio 2020 workshop focused on markets and analyzed how changes have been made to accommodate new government guidelines for COVID-19. The studio speculated on possible futures in light of the current crisis juxtaposed with the challenges faced by climate change, and also explored innovative modes of representation, combining film, photography, cartography, interviews and architectural drawing.
Tadeo Nedala, May Xue, Sebastian Jin, courtesy of Adengo Architecture
Tadeo Nedala, May Xue, Sebastian Jin, courtesy of Adengo Architecture

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