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Second session of entrance examination : June 2024

Second session of entrance examination : June 2024

BIM, another Challenge for Africa

The underlying idea behind the creation of Building Information Modeling (BIM) is to bring the construction sector to also experience the great advances and profound changes, authorized by the industrial revolutions, by improving productivity through better collaboration between all stakeholders, a reduction in costs, an optimization of the sustainability of projects.

Kinshasa: Towards a new modernity

Kinshasa, gigantic metropolis and capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is located on the south bank of the Congo River; it is one of the largest cities in sub-Saharan Africa. The inhabitants of the city commonly called Kinois are, if not musicians, great music lovers giving the city of Kinshasa a rich cultural identity where music, notably Congolese rumba, is a social practice based on sharing and a essential factor of intercultural dialogue and social cohesion. The climate is hot all year round, with a dry season from May to September and a rainy season from October to May punctuated by severe storms that occur frequently but rarely last more than a few hours.
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What - people say
"Let's start by knowing our cities as they are, let's have a positive discourse about these cities, let's stop believing that cities are the signature of Africa's poor development; The real city, the one which is experienced by people, which invents a culture, which invents a way of being, which is only waiting for an impulse so that all the positive forces it contains are capable of pushing the urba neconomy forward.."
Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi
General Secretary UCLG Africa
"I took great pleasure in reading the memoirs, listening to the ESSACA undergraduate students present their first approach and somewhere taking critical and ethical positions to continue on to a master's degree. I found that the subjects were very diverse and that we are more and more in the essential primary basis of the architect's vocation which is to work for societal issues, whether at the level of health, of the question of migration, of the symbolism in relation to the history of the territory of Douala. There are subjects which are very locally anchored based on their problem, but also locally anchored in relation to the resources which are mobilized, both land materials, but also with the wealth of Cameroon, wood, agricultural products, different techniques and know-how which is reactivated for contemporary projects. "
Dr Halimatou Mama Awal
Architect, Lecturer
"It is not true that Western architecture is a model; it’s a model in Europe but not here. The worst aberrations in Africa are poorlyoriented glass towers, impossible to temper, requiring a lot of energy to live in them; while the local know-how used over time, the natural principles, the hot air that rises, the air that passes through, make it possible to construct exemplary buildings."
Albert Dubler
Former President of International Union of Architects
"I have the opportunity to supervise the students of this school, within a workshop, which carries a post-architectural growth vision, as an intergenerational transmission belt.This awareness of our youth on the significant creation of tropicalized territorial planning is a reality. I invite you to explore our educational universe in greater depth, at your convenience.This obvious gateway to culturally anchored architectural biomimicry is obvious, but also an important lever for social, societal, economic and sustainable development."
Cyrille Moukoko Ndoumbe
Cyrille Moukoko Ndoumbe
Post-Growth & Bio-Ethic Architect Researcher - Founder & Chairman of ArBiO & Partners
"It is our duty as architects to rise above Africa’s major challenge of poverty and corruption to make the best out of our continent. Our mission further entails encouraging our governments to invest in R & D (Research and Development) with emphasis on our local building materials which will develop our identities and vernacular architecture to avoid the extinction of our cultural values. Research and Development will regenerate our dead and forgotten industries that where initially brought into existence for the purpose of developmental growth and providing employment."
Tokumbo Omisore
Tokunbo Omisore
Past President of Africa Union of Architects
"UIA is proud to be associated with the school as it saws the founding of the school. It is the custodian of the UNESCO-UIA Charter for Architectural Education that provides a framework for a global standard education and training to be an Architect. It has a vision to ensure that countries are endowed with sufficient number of trained Architects who will contribute to the sustainable development of their nation. The African continent is seen as a region of tremendous growth and development. It is crucial that the development of local talents and professionals is in consonance with the demands of the country developments. Therefore, the establishment of ESSACA is certainly timely and welcomed."
Esa Mohamed
Esa Mohamed
Past President of the International Union of Architects

Second session of entrance examination June 2024

Second session of entrance examination june 2024 : Yaoundé 25 June, 2024 Douala 27 June 2024.

Architecture, City and Spirituality’

‘Architecture, City and Spirituality’ is the theme of the exhibition hosted from 19 April 2024 to 18 June 2024 by the Yaoundé contemporary art gallery ABALIGALLERY and conceived by the artist Jean-Michel Dissake Dissake.

Ms. Celestine Ketcha Courtès, Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Guest of Honor at the release of the 8th Promotion of ESSACA

The graduation ceremony for ESSACA's 8th class took place on 22 February 2024 on the school's premises, in the presence of the guest of honour for the occasion, the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Ms Célestine Ketcha Courtès.

UIA Copenhague 2023

67th Congress of the International Union of Architects (UIA) and World Student Summit - Copenhagen from 01 to 06 July 2023.
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What is ESSACA?
ESSACA is a school of architecture affiliated with the University of Douala created in 2009.
What is the speciality of ESSACA?
ESSACA is a school of architecture with the objectives of enhancing the African cultural heritage and adapting to the standard of living of the populations while being part of an international reference framework.
Where is ESSACA located?
ESSACA is located at N° 217 Rue 1762 Bastos Nylon, Yaoundé, Cameroun. Latitude: 3.885147 Longitude: 11.514389.
What are the opening hours?
ESSACA is open from Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm. The school is closed during school holidays.
Does ESSACA have partners?
Yes, ESSACA has signed several partnership agreements with
− Public institutions
− Schools of architecture
− Local authorities
− International organisations.

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