In late January, construction started on the girls dormitory compound at Milembe Secondary School.  We spent most of February on site in Tanzania, helping the crew interpret the designs and continuing to develop plans for the site.  With Africa Schoolhouse founders Aimee and Mark Bessire, we also met with officials from Misungwi District and with… Read more »

Change Over Time 7.2—focused on Design in the Historic Environment—has launched!  Print copies are en routeto subscribers and digital copies are accessible through Project Muse,  Reuters Web of Science, and EBSCO Art and Architecture among others. Pamela Hawkes, as Professor of Practice in Historic Preservation at PennDesign, served as Guest Editor with an ensemble of contributors representing… Read more »

The second University of Pennsylvania Praxis at Powderham Castle took place in May on the river Exe in England.  Pamela, Penn colleagues Laura Keim and Frank Matero and graduate assistants Starr Herr Cardillo and Elizabeth Trumbull guided ten first year graduate students in the Historic Preservation Program through three weeks of investigation. This year, the focus… Read more »

The Milembe Secondary School Science Labs project by Pamela W. Hawkes FAIA and Scott Teas AIA, principals of Scattergood Design in  Portland, ME has won a 2017 Honor Award from AIA New England Region. The Labs are the first phase of a campus master plan developed by the design team on a pro bono basis… Read more »

The 18th century Belvedere The University of Pennsylvania Historic Preservation program’s three week Site Management, Interpretation and Conservation Praxis in May-June has been situated at Powderham Castle, ancestral home of the Earl of Devon on the south coast of England.  With Penn colleagues Laura Keim and Randall Mason, Pamela helped 10 first-year grad students document… Read more »

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… Read more »

The rooftops of the Science Labs, as well as the new latrines and storage building, have appeared on Google Earth. We’re not sure how often the countryside of Tanzania is flown and updated, but it’s exciting that anyone in the world can monitor the progress of the Milembe School for Girls from afar. Closer to… Read more »

Front of Lab A, with doors awaiting weaving Photos fresh off the phone from Kishosha in Tanzania this morning show the laboratory buildings and latrines at Milembe School are nearly finished. The first group of windows were trucked from Bujora last week, and are being installed in Laboratory A. Bamboo screens over fiberglass panels in… Read more »

The construction crew started work last month on the first phase of the Milembe Secondary School for Girls in Tanzania. We began planning during a three-month stay there in 2013, and have just returned from three weeks on site, problem-solving with the Africa Schoolhouse construction, management and engineering teams.  You can read more on our… Read more »