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Sympoetic Architectural' is the theme of the exhibition produced by ESSACA students

The exhibition was created for the graduation ceremony of the 8th class of ESSACA. To illustrate resilience in the face of today's accelerating demographic, economic, social and climatic changes, the theme of the exhibition is taken from the poetic contraction of the Greek words 'creation' and 'with', i.e. 'to do with'. Mainly created from elements already available within the school, the exhibition is intended to be a journey through the cogitations and works of all ESSACA students from first to fifth year.

Kisumu: Intermediate city in search of growth

Kisumu is an ancient port city in western Kenya located on the shores of Lake Victoria; it constitutes the commercial, industrial and transport center for this region mainly because of its river and rail connections. Its name means a place of “sumo” barter in the Luo language and clearly represents the commercial character of the city. Despite a multi-ethnic population, Kenya's ethnic Luo tribe makes up most of the population of Kisumu City, Kenya's third largest city after Nairobi and Mombasa.

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
"The cities we want for our children of tomorrow must have the hand of ESSACA architects."
Celestine Ketcha Courtès
Minister of Housing and Urban Development
" ESSACA molds students who, as bearers of architectural identity, not only absorb the contemporary discourse but exhale it intertwined with local culture.  "
Jean-Jacques Kotto
Jean-Jacques Kotto
Executive Director of ESSACA
"I am counting on the punctuality and participation of everyone so that together we contribute to the development of the young learning architects that we are."
Ruth Assimizelle
Treasurer of the Student Union
"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.

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.

ESSACA at the crossroads of FEICOM and Local Authorities

Visit to FEICOM's new headquarters and opportunities for cross-fertilisation
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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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