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LECTURE: MAKE DESIGN MATTER: Bethel Secondary School designed by Article 25

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LECTURE: MAKE DESIGN MATTER: Bethel Secondary School designed by Article 25

  • New London Architecture Store Street WC1E 7BT London United Kingdom (map)

Our February talk will be delivered by AIA UK Board Member Bea Sennewald, Director of Projects at Article 25. The talk will be followed by a panel discussion with invited guests.


The Bethel School in Gourcy was one of the few places where 450 children could attend secondary school but prior to construction of the new campus, it was severely overcrowded with 4 children sharing a single desk in many classrooms. The existing two-storey concrete buildings were dark and very hot. We teamed up with Giving Africa and the local missionAssociation Evangélique d’Appui et Développement (AEAD) to design and build five new classrooms, three vocational teaching spaces, as well as outdoor teaching space, a library, latrines and changing rooms for sports. The new construction increased the school places from 480 to 1000. The new buildings have been designed to make indoor spaces comfortable despite the harsh climate which sees 45˚C temperatures in summer.

Make Design Matter is a series of monthly inspirational talks for humanitarians.

Article 25, in partnership with the BRE Trust and venue host NLA, are bringing together outstanding design professionals who work to support the most vulnerable in society across the developing world. These inspiring monthly panel discussions consider the pursuit of progressive, sustainable architecture which focus on the communities they serve.

Meet the architects and designers at the forefront of creative and positive change in building design for international development.

Article 25 is a small charity that relies on the support of built environment professionals and others to help fund our work. Please make a donation in support of our work.

If students would like to attend for free, please register for your tickets here.

Earlier Event: February 13
AIA UK Movie Night - 'Objectified'
Later Event: March 2
AIA UK - ARE Workshop