For Burkina

This primary school was the first professionally designed and built school in the village of Mor-pouugo. Due to the intense heat of this sub-saharan climate, we began with a solar study. The school is designed to use passive cooling principles and to prevent direct sunlight on the exterior concrete walls, thus preventing the structure from retaining heat and transmitting it to the inside. The overhangs on the east and west sides of the school provide additional informal learning areas and gathering spaces. The design meets U.S. design standards for accessibility and structural integrity. The community was engaged in the construction of the school and broke gender barriers as men and women learned and worked together throughout the construction process. The village also signed a covenant that ensures girls and boys are sent to school in equal numbers.