Winner 2023

Award for
using sustainable local materials and enabling positive social impact

Project Description

This school in Niamey is an exemplar of sustainable and environmentally responsible construction that enhances the quality of life for the community and students that it serves. The building incorporates natural ventilation, passive cooling systems and shaded outdoor spaces: the structure is integral to these strategies. The college is a testament to the role of structural engineering to positively impact communities and create safe and stimulating learning environments - in an area where education is often inaccessible.

Judge’s comments

The design team overcame challenges of the extreme Sahelian climate and limited construction skills and materials to create a functional yet inspiring space for learning with the exposed structure celebrated as a learning tool. The structure utilises locally sourced materials to reduce the building's carbon footprint and promote the use of sustainable building practices.

The project had a major impact on the local community and the students that it serves. An important target was to keep female students in the education system.  During construction, female students attended courses on construction skills and were exposed to postulates of architecture, engineering and construction.  The students were encouraged to consider continued education and careers in the construction industry.

Project overview

Structural Designer

  • MHA Structural Design

Client Name

  • Article 25 on behalf of Collège Amadou Hampaté Bâ


  • Niamey, Niger


  • Article 25

Principal Contractor

  • Afrique Univers Sarl, Niger

Key Contractors

  • Max Fordham (MEP Engineer)

Year Submitted

  • 2023

Key attributes

  • Planet, People