Horizons and Conscience

A Qualitative Study of Designing for Student Life in Africa


  • Christopher Platt Glasgow School of Art
  • Josephine Malonza University of Rwanda





collaboration, Global South, student, wellbeing, agency


At no other time has a student’s knowledge of the world seemed greater and that same world seemed smaller than now. Their global awareness and ethical perspective have developed throughout childhood thanks to education, digital communication and access to international travel. Can meaningful work and geographic and cultural variety satisfy their outward and inward gaze? Is this the deeper motivation in joining a school of architecture? As they imagine their future, how can we help them put their values into practice and reinforce their belief that others’ lives can be improved through their agency as an architect? This paper explores four phases of an ongoing internationally collaborative live project between The Mackintosh School of Architecture at The Glasgow School of Art in the UK (MSA) and The School of Architecture and the Built Environment (SABE) at The University of Rwanda (UR).

How to Cite

Platt, C. ., & Malonza, J. (2020). Horizons and Conscience: A Qualitative Study of Designing for Student Life in Africa. EAAE Annual Conference Proceedings, 188–207. https://doi.org/10.51588/eaaeacp.62



Author Biographies

Christopher Platt, Glasgow School of Art

Professor Christopher Platt is Chair of Architecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow and founding director of studioKAP architects. His interests cross the fields of architecture, architectural thinking and architectural education. He has taught extensively internationally and recently chaired the Evaluation Panel for the Research & Development Units of the area “Architecture and Urbanism” for the Portuguese Research Funding Agency FCT.

Josephine Malonza, University of Rwanda

Dr. Josephine Malonza is an enthusiastic architect and urban designer keen on the dialectical relations between Architecture and Society, particularly passionate about the quality of life in urban areas. She has hands-on experience in working with communities and has over the years developed and tested tools for adequate participatory design approaches.


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