On graduation day, June 20, 2014, the ALA community turned the sod to mark the beginning of the first phase of the expansion of our student and faculty residences. When completed, this new dormitory will enable the Academy to increase enrolment and provide a better residential experience for our students.
We are grateful to the many donors who have already supported the construction of the new residence; fundraising continues for the second phase and for other aspects of our Campus Master Plan.
The final design was informed by a student Architecture master class and a committee composed of staff and faculty of the Academy. Two members of the class, Chidubem Okechi (Nigeria) and Norah Oteri (Kenya) participated at the architecture-themed Winchester International Symposium in Prague, Czech Republic earlier in the year, while Mame Faty Lo (Senegal) has expressed her intention to study Architecture in university.
The new dormitory is expected to be completed and furnished by August 2015 in time for the commencement of the 2015/2016 session. The dormitory will have capacity for 96 students, ample faculty housing and enhanced spaces for ALA’s young leaders to interact, study and relax.