News & Updates

First Teacher House Rising at Milembe School

April 21 2017

Foundations in place, April 8, 2017 with Science Labs and current classrooms in the background.

At the end of March, the Africa Schoolhouse crew began construction on the first teacher house at Milembe School. Located to the rear of the science laboratories built last year, this structure will allow the Head Teacher to live on site now, and eventually become a Matron’s House when dormitories are completed in the vicinity. The project is funded in part through the U. S. Embassy in Tanzania’s Community Grants Program.

Scattergood Design made a number of modifications to the teacher house prototype which was constructed in 2012 at Shilanona School in Qwimba District. The changes responded to feedback from the teachers at Shilanona and Milembe Schools, providing better acoustic privacy for parents and improvements to the rear cooking porch. Another goal was to simplify the overall shape and construction of the house, thereby streamlining the construction process and costs. The crew has already made great progress in less than four weeks.

Finding Resonance in Design + Heritage at PennDesign

April 19 2017

Garth Rockcastle, Doug Reed, Rob Rogers and Ann Beha discuss their approaches to design in historic settings with moderator Winka Dubbeldam, Chair of the Architecture Department at Penn Design (left to right). Courtesy of PennDesign.

Over 170 people registered for the Design + Heritage Symposium co-sponsored by the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at PennDesign and the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation on March 16th and 17th, 2017.   Marlon Blackwell FAIA delivered an inspiring keynote address on Thursday evening, focusing on design’s place between “the ideal and the improvised” in current culture.  With participants representing diverse disciplines and perspectives, the presentations and discussion afterwards on Friday were lively and provocative.  Scattergood Design principal Pamela Hawkes, who is Professor of Practice in Historic Preservation at PennDesign, organized the event. 

Key takeaways from the symposium have been synthesized by Molly Lester, graduate of the Historic Preservation Program at Penn, in a blog post for PennDesign News. The article includes links to videos of all the presentations and can be found at

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