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AZ Awards People's Choice 2023: Learning & Sports Centre by General Architecture Collaborative

Located in Masoro, a village near Kigali, Rwanda, this learning and sports centre that houses a public complex with classrooms, gardens, outdoor theatres, a soccer pitch and a basketball court is local in every sense of the word. The General Architecture Collaborative, a firm that works across East Africa, retained labourers from the region and incorporated vernacular construction techniques into the build. The materials — half of which were sourced on site — include clay, bark and native grasses. In addition to overseeing the build, the firm trained a generation of managers, ensuring that the project could be turned over to the Masoro community.

AZ Awards People's Choice 2023: Learning & Sports Centre by General Architecture Collaborative

Team James Setzler, Yutaka Sho and Leighton Beaman with Patrice Ndababonye, Nicolas Kalimba Rugamba, Marie Claire Musengayire, Cynthia Twagirayezu, Marie Rose Ukwizabigira, Iris Gomm and Mia Shepard

People’s Choice: Social Good
Learning & Sports Centre

Located in Masoro, a village near Kigali, Rwanda, this sports centre that houses a public complex with classrooms, gardens, outdoor theatres, a soccer pitch and a basketball court is local in every sense of the word.

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2018
Award of MeritSocial Good
Designer
Ben Kaufmann of Carleton University, Canada
2019
People’s ChoiceSocial Good
Firm
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Team
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2022
Award of MeritSocial Good
Designer
Ke Sun, U.S.