Design team appointed for the Ligingi Community Learning Centre, Uganda

We're delighted to report that a pro bono design team has been appointed for the LCLC project in Uganda!

The team is made up of Australian architects Charity Edwards, Leila Allbrook and Jessica Black (who collectively go by the name Some Kind of Studio: an emerging Melbourne-based design studio) along with Charles Newman, an American architectural designer, currently based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Charles is working in Bukavu, in eastern DRC as a reconstruction manager for the International Rescue Committee, while Charity, Leila and Jessica all hold down day jobs at an architecture office in Melbourne. Geographic differences aside, all four have already been busily exploring architecture's potential to improve lives, in various ways, and bring a combined passion for community-driven design to the project.

An international team is a first for the Architects for Peace pro bono service, but it seems very much in the spirit of the LCLC and its co-founders Anna and Dennis - who have powerful ties to both Melbourne and Ligingi and seem to move effortlessly between these worlds. We wish the team well and look forward to bringing you progress updates soon! You can also keep in touch with the great stuff that the LCLC is up to at their website

Architects for Peace, the LCLC and the SKOS team - all in one place for the first time


Expressions of Interest for the LCLC now closed

Expressions of Interest for design services for the Ligingi Community Learning Centre in Uganda are now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted an EOI prior to the deadline. Both Anna and Dennis of the LCLC and our pro bono team were very impressed with the calibre of the responses we received and we look forward to seeing the project progress this year.

Hoping to see a design team appointed soon - we'll keep you posted!


Expressions of Interest sought: pro bono design services for the Ligingi Community Learning Centre, Uganda

UPDATE: The deadline for EOI's has been extended until 14 December 2012 due to the silly season...we know things get a bit crazy this time of year, so thought we'd give you an extra week. Thanks to everyone who has already expressed interest - we'll review all applications after the extended date.


Architects for Peace, in partnership with the Ligingi Community Learning Centre (LCLC), are excited to invite Expressions of Interest for pro bono services to design a new community centre to house LCLC operations  in the village of Ligingi, Uganda.  

Views of the existing brick building on the LCLC site

The LCLC is a not-for-profit community based organisation, that aims to foster community knowledge and competencies to adapt, thrive and actively engage in a rapidly changing world. The LCLC was co-founded by Ugandan, Dennis Obel and Australian, Anna Trembath in conjunction with the Ligingi community. Dennis, a highly-experienced international development professional, is ancestrally of Ligingi village. Some of his immediate family members still live in Ligingi, and he calls all the people of Ligingi his kin and Ligingi his true home.  Anna is an experienced researcher with particular expertise in gender and development, an international development practitioner and a writer. Dennis and Anna travel regularly to Ligingi and will be the primary conduits for communication between the architect/s engaged for this project and the Ligingi community.

Ligingi is a small and beautiful village, located in eastern Uganda, around 45 kilometres from the Uganda-Kenya border. The village is primarily a subsistence farming community, in a remote location with no electricity or water and sanitation infrastructure, and very little service provision or outside organisational presence. Ligingi is home to a number of different clans who are all J’opadhola people, a Luo-speaking tribe associated with the Nilotics who migrated from Sudan in the sixteenth centry. A recent survey revealed the village population to be 2,959. 
The proposed Centre is planned to be used as the organisational premises for the LCLC, including a community space for learning, training and other programmatic activities, and accommodation for staff, volunteers and visitors.
The new premises will allow the LCLC to develop and expand the programs offered, and to better involve and inspire both Ligingi community members and international volunteers and guests. The LCLC represents a unique initiative to facilitate meaningful, community-driven change over the long term on a sustainable scale for a community whose members have limited future opportunities.
For further details on the LCLC project, please download the design brief and supporting documents here You can read more about Ligingi Community Learning Centre here.
Please email expressions of interest and CV detailing relevant project experience to
Katherine at by Friday 14th December at 5pm Eastern Standard Time (EST).
The Architects For Peace pro bono policy, with important information for prospective service providers regarding the way the pro bono service works and the selection process involved, is available for download here. Please make sure you read over this document before submitting your expression of interest.
Community meeting at the Primary School, with the existing LCLC brick building behind