Courtesy of Adengo Architects
Doreen Adengo (1976-2022)

Ugandan Architect Doreen Adengo Passes Away at 45

July 29, 2022
Illustrious Ugandan architect known for her contributions to academia, practice and advocacy will be missed.

Doreen Adengo, founder of the Ugandan architecture firm of her namesake, passed away on July 22nd after battling cancer.

Born in 1976, Adengo earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Architecture from the Catholic University and a Master of Architecture degree from the Yale School of architecture prior to working in design firms around the world, including London, Washington, D.C. and New York. In 2015, she founded Adengo Architecture in her native Uganda, known for championing sustainable and affordable projects and its commitment to advocacy on local and regional scales.

The celebrated architect also taught at The New School and Pratt Institute in New York, as well as Johannesburg's Graduate School of Architecture and Uganda Martyrs University. Adengo was also instrumental in producing exhibits and workshops at the Goethe-Zentrum Kampala and the Architecture Museum of the Tecnical University of Munich that explored Ugandan urbanism and architecture.

Upon her passing, Adengo Architecture released the following statement in her honor:

It is with great sadness that Adengo Architecture announces the passing of our founder and Principal, Doreen Adengo, that occurred late on the night of Friday, 22nd July 2022, after battling a long-term illness.

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

Her legacy will live through those that she has inspired and touched in various areas including; academia (the various teaching roles she has held, the workshops she has run), practice (the office, collaborations with various design & architecture professionals) and advocacy (conservation architecture, African modernism, affordable housing and urbanism), and yet her contribution to the world was felt beyond these fields. Doreen was a trailblazer.

Doreen will be sorely missed.

We remain grateful to everyone that has reached out to the office and the family, both physically and online, through this sad time.

Classmates at the Yale School of Architecture and family members are creating a scholarship fund in her memory. Gifts can be made to the Dean’s Endowed Scholarship Fund in Doreen’s memory.

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