Studies Abroad: Kumasi, Ghana

ARC300H0 S
Instructor: Jeannie Kim & Farida Abu-Bakare
Meeting Section: L0101
Summer 2023
Travel Dates: July 3 - 14, 2023
Toronto Dates: July 17 - 28, 2023


As part of a multi-year initiative, Daniels will continue this summer in a global collaboration with students from the Department of Architecture of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) based in Kumasi, Ghana. We will be continuing research on several urban and rural community sites throughout Ghana and Canada. Working in small, focused groups, we will exchange local knowledge and collaborate on innovative and sustainable strategies to transform communities and cities. Students from Daniels will spend two weeks with students from KNUST in Ghana and students from KNUST will then spend two weeks in Canada visiting the sites of research initiated last summer. Through these investigations we hope to incite reactions to the following questions:

  • How do networks of technology, resources, energy, transportation, culture, etc., operate in each of these contexts?
  • How might architecture become part of a process of change at the scale of a community but also the scale of a system?
  • What is the agency of the designer? Who are we designing for?

Students from the previous summer have the priority of participating in the exchange portion of the course this summer. Other students are welcome with the expectation that they will build upon research initiated last summer in a collaborative studio environment.


In order to apply, students are required to submit a paragraph describing your interest in the Kumasi, Ghana course, 5 work samples (student work), and a short CV. This course is available to HBA AS students in year 2 or higher who completed ARC200H1 and ARC201H1. Applications are to be submitted here (Please note the form is limited to 1 submission).

Information sessions for this course will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 from 12:30pm – 2:00pm (please see email for more details).

The deadline to apply is Monday, March 20, 2023 at 11:59pm EST.