The ADC will train and empower the leaders who will design a more equitable, just, and sustainable Africa.


By 2050 the population of Africa will double and be concentrated in rapidly growing urban centres. To meet just some of the needs of this populace 85,000 clinics, 310,000 primary schools, and over 700 million housing units will have to be built. But, who will plan, design, and build them? There are not enough trained professionals on the continent to meet this demand; in comparison the United States which has more than 75 times as many architects per capita.


Become a design leader during a two-year fellowship at the African Design Centre. The core of the program is an immersive design-build project where fellows learn and execute the ADC pedagogy that includes Community Engagement, Design, Construction, and Evaluation. This is paired with ongoing, classroom-based curriculum and research in emerging issues such as urbanization, affordable housing, and climate change.


Based in Kigali, Rwanda, the ADC develops Africa’s most creative minds and operate as a hub for innovation, research, and policy surrounding the built environment.

The ADC is administered as a program of MASS Design Group, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization based in Boston, MA and Kigali, Rwanda.


Under the guidance of project managers, Fellows will experience projects through the four stages: Community Engagement, Design, Construction, and Evaluation.

Fellows experience first-hand the benefits of impact driven design and the power of incorporating Local Fabrication in the building process.

Fellows will gain experience in all aspects of the building process, from structural systems to working hand-in-hand with craftsmen to build furniture.


Under the guidance of faculty, fellows will work independently and in teams to study some of the most pressing issues on the continent including urbanization, climate change, and social equity to name a few.

Fellows will also focus on building technology science to study and develop new contextually optimized products and processes to address these wide ranging issues.

Research will be carried out with the goal of integration into government policy.


Fellows will participate in classroom based lectures and workshops to build their technical skills and a background in theory.

Building upon the interdisciplinary nature of the group, fellows will continue to broaden their horizons working with craftsmen and artisans.

Soft skills such as leadership will also be a core aspect of the ongoing skill development.

Who Attends

Recent university graduates with a Bachelor’s Degree in a design related field, such as Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urbanism, Engineering, and Industrial Design.

Key Dates

Applications for the 2017 ADC class are currently closed.  Stay tuned for information on applications and deadlines for next year’s class.

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Financial Aid

Scholarships and other financial aid is available to ensure every admitted fellow, regardless of background, can attend. A fellow’s ability to pay tuition is not a factor in admissions decisions. Following notification of admission, prospective fellows will complete a Financial Aid Application.


African nationals – $5,000 USD / Year.

Rest of the World – $20,000 USD / Year.

Apply Today

You will be redirected to an online portal where you will provide basic information, respond to essays, and upload a resume and portfolio.


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