Doreen Adengo portrait photo

Ugandan architect Doreen Adengo dies aged 45

Doreen Adengo, founder of Ugandan architecture firm Adengo Architecture, has passed away following a long-term illness at the age of 45.

Adengo, who founded her studio Adengo Architecture in 2005, died on 22 July. Her best-known projects include a cluster of single-storey buildings called Bujuuko Schools and the L-Building, a mixed-use building in central Uganda.

"Pillar of the design industry in Uganda"

"It is with great sadness that Adengo Architecture announces the passing of our founder and principal, Doreen Adengo," said the studio in a statement.

"Doreen will be remembered for her friendship and kindness, her talent and integrity, and as a pillar of the design industry in Uganda and beyond."

Adengo was born in Uganda in 1976 and moved to the US when she was 18. She studied architecture at the Catholic University and completed a masters in architecture at Yale University before working at studios in the UK, Europe and the US.

She set up Kampala-based Adengo Architecture after returning to Uganda. The studio is known for its commitment to social housing and focuses on "affordable and sustainable" projects in the country.

Adengo "was a trailblazer"

She taught at The New School and Pratt Institute in New York, the University of Johannesburg's Graduate School of Architecture, Uganda Martyrs University and was a conservation architect at the Uganda Museum.

"Her legacy will live through those that she has inspired and touched in various areas including; academia, practise and advocacy, and yet her contribution to the world was felt beyond these fields," said the studio.

"Doreen was a trailblazer."

Earlier this year, Adengo was nominated by Nairobi architecture studio Cave Bureau co-founders Kabage Karanja and Stella Mutegi as one of fourteen architects and designers you should know.

Cave Bureau recognised Adengo for her ability to "enrich her contemporary projects with historical depth".

Earlier this month we also lost Dezeen founder Marcus Fairs, who died at the age of 54. British architect Marco Goldschmied, a former RIBA president and founding partner of the Richard Rogers Partnership, also recently passed away after losing his battle with lung cancer.

The photography is courtesy of Adengo Architecture.