Architecture & Construction

rise’s flagship “in loco,” program consists of a design, build and entrepreneurship training program with cohorts of between 10 to 15 fellows for a period of 6 to 12 months depending on the complexity of the project. 

Design and build is an integrated approach delivering achitecture and construction services under one contract, collaboratively. in loco brings together recent university graduates from all built environment disciplines to gain much needed practical work experience on community projects. Thus improving infrastructure for vulnerable communities while at the same time creating educational opportunities and entrepreneurial training for unemployed youth wanting to become entrepreneurs. 

Created to have a real impact in the lives of all participants, our approach promotes learning from life, skill sharing, and capacity building.

About in loco

in loco 1in loco is a unique hands-on design and build experience, focused on knowledge exchange, capacity building, cooperation and development. in loco was born out of a collaboration between Pedro Clarke and Luca Astorri, two architects, with a passion for architecture and international development, who after more than a decade working in humanitarian and development projects, and seeing the need for construction and architecture skills in remote rural locations, decided it was time to turn the classic design-build workshop model upside down, to create a longer more in depth learning experience for architecture and construction students and graduates.

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Following a “hands-on, bottom-up” approach, and working in close collaboration with members of the local community, in loco engages local NGOs, students and young graduates from local architecture and construction courses, as well as international participants with an interest in architecture, development, sustainability and the built environment to create a network of shared knowledge and experience to help change the cities and rural villages of tomorrow.

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in loco was born from the idea that local issues should be dealt with by local people, and that international expertise can, instead of taking over, play a key role in capacity building and developing key skills, and the professional environment, needed to deal with those issues.