The environment of a learning space has great effect on the growth, focus and emotions of a student. An effective learning space has the potential to dynamically influence student learning, as opposed to passively providing a venue for it. Through a flexible, thoughtful design, the building will be a teacher in itself.
The KenCada International Academy was founded on the conviction that the best of Kenyan education and international 21st Century learning is urgently needed and should be made accessible to all Kenyan children. The challenge is to design a new campus for KenCada that will serve as a learning space for its young students. Designs should be mindful of the school’s locality, and seek to engage the community it inhabits. Local materials unique to the Swahili Coast should also be celebrated. A balance of modernity and local vernacular traditions would be ideal.
With almost 130 submissions from 43 different countries, the jury panel consisting of KenCada Executive Director Michael McGuire, architect Urko Sánchez and architect Doreen Adengo could not have been more impressed by the quality of submissions demonstrated by participants across the world. From the projects we received, our jury selected an overall winner per category and Honorable Mentions that best captured the goals for this competition.
KENYA | LOCAL CATEGORY
CREATIVE KENCADA: CREATE, PLAY, LEARN
James Mitchell, Andrew Perkins, Carolina Larrazábal, Leo Taylor (Orkidstudio) - Nairobi, Kenya
WEMA EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
Brian Babu - Ngong, Kenya
AFRICA | REGIONAL CATEGORY
OASIS OF KNOWLEDGE
Nikhil Tricam, Ghanisha Bucktowar - South Africa
TROPICAL COURTYARDS: STIMULATION BY DESIGN AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE
Alice Tasca, Francesco Stassi, Zeno Riondato (Active Social Architecture) - Rwanda
GLOBAL | INTERNATIONAL CATEGORY
Dmitry Ignashin, Dmitry Dmitriev - Russia
Miguel Armental - Spain
EDUCATION + IDENTITY=PRODUCTIVE COMMUNITY
Mauricio Mendez Arevalo, Sergio Espindola - Bolivia