Anselmo Canfora Director of Uganda's Building Tomorrow Academy

In September 2008, ground was broken in Uganda for the Building Tomorrow Academy of Gita. University of Virginia’s Assistant Professor Anselmo Canfora, M.Arch. ’96, is directing the project, which is the first-ever permanent public school structure within a nine-mile radius. It will open by mid-2009 and serve approximately 325 children. The school’s design was created by 15 architecture students in collaboration with engineering students with Canfora’s direction. Canfora’s project, Initiative ReCOVER, focuses on research, design, and fabrication of humanitarian designs that are shared with the general public, disaster relief agencies, and those in need of assistance with an ultimate goal of designing and building safe, healthy, and sustainable communities around the world.