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Industry experts will discuss on Wednesday, Sept. 14 what it takes to build a sustainable school and campus in sub-Saharan countries, such as Uganda and Kenya.

Sustainable Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Starts On - September 14, 2016 - 9:00am
Ends On - September 14, 2016 - 11:00am
1060 18th Street
Boulder , CO 80309

What does it take to build a sustainable school and campus in Sub-Saharan countries like Uganda and Kenya? Hear from industry experts about their own experiences through case studies.

DLR Group's Sean Rosebrugh has worked to create a new Master Plan for Kenyatta University, which was once an old Kenyan military base. Hear how partnerships, foresight, and strategic decision making are working to create a vibrant and successful community-based campus atmosphere.

USGBC Colorado's Mandela Washington Fellow Solophina Nekesa, a graduate architect from Uganda, will also share the work of Studio FH Architects in Uganda. She'll discuss creating learning landscapes and culturally appropriate schools that encourage a more productive and comfortable learning environment while also meeting the needs of a growing population of students.

Join USGBC Colorado and DLR Group at University of Colorado's Program of Environmental Design's Building to learn about the path toward more sustainable design and development in Sub-Saharan Africa. This morning event will include a networking portion in the beginning served with coffee and a light breakfast, followed by the presentations. All are encouraged to attend, including University of Colorado students, staff and faculty.

This course is approved for 1.5 GBCI CE Hours.

Learning objectives

  1. Discuss site context and layout to create community-based learning landscapes in Ugandan schools.
  2. Explain the use of locally sourced and produced materials in buildings in rural Ugandan schools.
  3. Analyze how architects assisted Kenya's Vision 2030 which outlines the government's plans to increase the number of Kenyans who are college educated.
  4. Come and learn how architects developed a master plan and outlined a pathway for growth that addressed the increasing African student population while developing clear campus zones and sustainable expansion plans they can budget for and execute in a manageable way.


  • 9-9:30 a.m. — Breakfast, coffee and networking
  • 9:30-10 a.m. — Presentation by Sean Rosebrugh
  • 10-10:30 a.m. — Presentation by Solophina Nekesa
  • 10:30-11 a.m. — Q&A and networking
  • Presenters


    Sean Rosebrugh
    DLR Group


    Solophina Nekesa
    Studio FH Architects

    Please note: We will be in Room 134. All registrants are responsible for their own parking. We highly encourage using public transportation. If looking for parking, please reference the CU Parking Map. The areas in pink are pay parking lots, with the Euclid Ave Autopark being the closest lot to the building (please note — students use this lot much of the time). Parking Services suggested that attendees park in the Folsom Parking Garage on Folsom and Stadium Drive.