The past Friday, June 24th 2011, the semester’s exhibition series were inaugurated, with the previous semester‘s best works. 1st 2011 was the name of the event that hosted design studio’s projects from all years.
The students housing in KIST campus, developed by the third year’s was represented by the work of the teams composed by: Jean de Dieu and Lambert  and Thierry and Aloys.
The second year’s presented a Public Library project with works of Jean PAUL BIGIRIMANA, Flavia GWIZA and Emmanuel HAVUGIMANA 
The first year design studio was represented by the works of KAYIJUKA eric,NDAYAMBAJE J.damascene,AMAHORO eunyce,Olga,JMV,Fatumah,Vianey,Victor and Aziz.
The exhibition was a huge success and students were amazed about the work of their colleagues, that encouraged them to improve and work harder in further studios.
This was a good starting point for the exhibition series we hope to keep it up and see more works in future events!


This semester the 3rd year students of architecture went to Mombasa, with the scope to develop a research on the Swahili architecture. The department of architecture has organized this Traveling studio to learn from the urban fabric and the Swahili architecture of the sea port city. The learning outcomes of the trip were the starting point to develop the second semester project. The program of a building inserted in a rich preexisting context, with a rich religious and cultural heritage of an UNESCO metropolitan landscape, it has to learn from a sustainable local construction, shifting ecologies and varied civic and community environment.
Once back home, third year design studio organized a public lecture for Kist staff, FAED students and some outside guests. The presentation was focused in the trip, the perceptions and sensations of its protagonists and on architectural concepts.
The leit motive were the preliminary studies on 3 specific sites that will be further developed  during the semester during design studio. The students shared their experiences and learning outcomes had during the week of the trip.
Vice rector Academics, Prof. John S. Mshana took time to attentively see the students work, and he kindly appreciated both faculty staff and students for the good presentations exhibited.
The introduction and guidance of Prof.Tomà Berlanda drive the audience throughout the trip and gave them the atmosphere of the trip, some entertaining stories and information took during the travel.
All students who spoke on behalf of their colleagues took time to shear their experiences in terms of architecture and social life. The third year’s also shared their impressions taken from different population, landscapes and cities along the three different eastern African countries crossed (Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania).
As FAED students, we want to thank KIST administration for the continued support rendered to us.


The arcbox, a ship container reconverted into the gallery for the Faculty of Architecture and Environmental Design of Rwanda, was first inaugurated on March, 24th 2011. The purpose of this reinvented space is to provide students of FAED and KIST, as well as the community in Kigali with a place to foster creativity, innovation and architectural culture.
From now on, the Architecture Lecture Series students will be responsible of keeping it alive. Every Friday a new exhibition will start, that will last for one or two weeks.