Building Tomorrow

University of Notre Dame School of Architecture students have teamed with Building Tomorrow Inc. (BT) to design, fund and build a much-needed school in the Kiboga district of Uganda, Africa. Notre Dame’s involvement began when Architecture alum Elijah Pearce, Class of 2009, attended a lecture given by BT’s founder George Srour. Pearce recruited a team of designers from the 2010 graduating class to design a school for the social-profit organization, giving particular attention to how they might improve upon the standing design with closer attention given to solar orientation and natural ventilation. The design also utilizes an interlocking, compressed-earth brick in its construction, and the bricks are produced on-site. 

With the generosity of Matthew and Joyce Walsh, the school was funded and a group of six Notre Dame Architecture students had the opportunity to travel to Uganda to aid in construction of the new school during the summer of 2010. At present, classroom walls are built and the project is nearing completion. The Academy of Kyeitabya, as it will be called, will be the second school built by Building Tomorrow and supported by the Notre Dame community.

If you are interested in this project, or more generally in Notre Dame’s chapter of Building Tomorrow, please contact Whitley Esteban at

Designers: Brian Droste, Deirdre Connell, Elijah Pearce, Mallory Mecham, Jimmy Michael, Tim Reidy, Tereza Schaible, Melia West


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