Rural Housing Studio 

"Bringing help to where it is needed the most"

Dear Friends

of The Rural Housing Studio,

For the past months we have worked hard to help four local families and their community to construct new houses. Based on the research outcomes of the 2017-2018 studio we are happy to announce that we will continue the studio next year!


We have to thank the director of the video, Thanasis Kafetzis and Kolida Babo for the music! 

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The rural housing studio is a studio dedicated to help underprivileged rural families in developing countries. The targeted communities know what type of housing they would like to live in, however, they are unable to design and engineer them without external help. Regular development aid offers ready built solutions without involving the inhabitants and their communities into the process. The rural housing studio offers internship (BSc) and graduation positions (BSc & MSc) to students, who will advise and inform rural families to build their desired housing together with their community. Ultimately it is suppose to generate self-reliant and resilient communities with improved houses, which do not depend on development aid programs anymore.


The studio is lead by researcher and architect Michiel Smits (PhD candidate) who has been working as a pro bono architect since 2004 in the rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa and has an extensive expertise in helping rural communities.



Mt. Elgon, Chepchoina, Kitale, Kenya

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