Confessions of a Design Fellow - Numero Dos

Sierra Morena School Project site viewI now find myself past the half-way mark of my Design Fellowship with Architecture for Humanity-Bogotá. Personally and professionaly, I have had many rich experiences since my last update – projects have progressed at the office and new opportunities have presented themselves. Just yesterday, Ricardo was approached with a chance to partner with the Colombian Red Cross for rebuild efforts in Haiti. I couldn´t be more excited for him and this collaboration for our chapter. In Haiti, Ricardo will develop a design solution that will address the need for temporary shelters in the damaged region – I can not wait for his return when he can fill me in on everything!

 

 

I am happy to report that PechaKucha Night, Bogotá was a great success! Ricardo presented on behalf of Architecture for Humanity among other highly talented artists and designers. Over 200 people came out to support the event and the funds have been donated to the AfH Rebuild fund. We have also launched two new websites (http://chapters.architectureforhumanity.org/bogota/events and http://www.afhbogota.org/).

I have been very lucky over the past weeks to be surrounded by many talented individuals. During my time here I have worked with architects, designers of all types and other professionals. I have been invited to conferences and multiple lectures at the Javeriana Universidad´s school of design. In Bogotá, I am learning all the time. I am learning about design and architecture in so many ways and gaining so many other valuable skills. The past week I have spent time gathering information about Design Brigades. I am looking forward to participating in one soon and understanding the process first-hand!

I am also currently attending a school of Spanish. During the weeks I am enrolled, I go to classes in the morning and continue onto work in the afternoon. I have enjoyed the classes and meeting other foreigners from all over the world. Although the language is very challenging for me, I am very glad to be able to speak small phrases. It has been a joy to have small conversations with the Colombian ladies I live with!

I have been having a great time experiencing more of the culture offered by the city and surrounding area. Recently I was very fortunate to recieve a visit from a friend from Canada that allowed me to play tourist in the city and visit the beautiful nearby Colombian town of Villa de Leyva. There are so many diverse regions and cities in Colombia that I would like to visit – Medellin, Cartegena, the coffee region and the Amazon top my list. I am hoping to make a short trip soon and hopefully one more before I return to Canada!

My time here continues to get better and better. If you have any questions or comments about my Design Fellowship or experience in Colombia, please contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Ch-chao,

Lindsay

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