Upcoming Progressives: Adengo Architecture | Architect’s Review
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
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.
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.
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.
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