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Young Ivorian architect learns from LafargeHolcim Awards winner in Niger

Internship for winners of sustainable construction competition of LafargeHolcim Côte d’Ivoire

LafargeHolcim Côte d’Ivoire (LHCI) supports young local architects to expand their practical understanding of sustainable construction through a competition run in collaboration with the National Council of Architects in Côte d’Ivoire. The winners receive a six-month internship to work on sustainable construction projects with an experienced architect.

For LHCI, the initiative builds reputation with all its stakeholders for “walking the talk” on promoting sustainable development. It also sparks interest in the next International LafargeHolcim Awards competition for projects and visions in sustainable construction, opening for entries in mid-2019.

“We want to provide promising Ivorian architects with outstanding experiences that further their knowledge and motivate them to excel in the LafargeHolcim Awards competition”, said Xavier Saint Martin Tillet, CEO of LHCI.

The winners of the first edition of the Ivorian competition in early 2018 were Toaply Jean-Patrick Kore from l’Ecole d’Architecture d’Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire and Armel Bi Mikalo from l’Ecole Africaine des Métiers de l’Architecture et de l’Urbanisme in Togo. The young professionals were enabled to enrich their understanding of how to embed sustainable design into their work by learning from leading architects in the region.

A18GLfiNE-NewMosqueLookingAtLibrary.jpgUnderstanding the dimensions of sustainable construction

Whereas Toaply Jean-Patrick Kore chose to complete his internship with Koffi & Diabaté architects in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), Armel Bi Mikalo decided to complete his half-year internship with Mariam Kamara, founder and principal of Atelier Masomi in Niamey (Niger).

Together with Yasaman Esmaili, Mariam Kamara won the Global LafargeHolcim Award Silver 2018 for a religious and secular complex project that was completed in Niger this year (pictured, left). It focuses on the development and wellbeing of the local workforce and communities by preserving traditional construction techniques and materials, and supporting the local economy.

Armel Bi Mikalo extended his understanding of the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable construction – and learnt how a program and its implementation can encourage local populations to build, operate, maintain and even enrich cultural links. The opportunity for him to connect the Ivorian competition to a winner of the world’s leading competition for sustainable design benefitted his internship experience. “I know what it takes to be a world class architect,” he stated. “I would like to thank LafargeHolcim for the opportunities it gives to students and architects in its efforts to promote sustainable construction”.

Rewarding sustainability in construction in Côte d’Ivoire and beyond

Encouraging the next generation of architects to enhance the sustainability of their work, is also the goal of the second edition of the ongoing LHCI competition; the winners will be announced in January 2019.

The International LafargeHolcim Awards open for entries in the main and the next generation category on June 3, 2019 at www.lafargeholcim-awards.org

Last Updated: December 18, 2018
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