School of Architecture alum leads ‘African Modernism’ exhibition in Uganda


In her hometown of Kampala, Uganda, Doreen Adengo ’05 M. Arch. co-curated a chapter of “African Modernism: Architecture of Independence,” an exhibition that documents how African nations celebrated their postcolonial identities through architecture.  

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, a large number of central and sub-Saharan African countries gained their independence. To commemorate these watershed moments, leaders began to commission ambitious architectural projects such as parliament buildings, central banks, stadiums, conference centers, universities, and independence memorials. Although these structures represent some of the best examples of modernist architecture worldwide, they remain largely “undiscovered” and absent from dominant histories. Manuel Herz, a German…

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