RAIC International Prize Scholarships: Odudu Umoessien

This essay was one of the winners of a 2019 RAIC International Prize Scholarship.

In an essay about his childhood in Nigeria, Odudu Umoessien writes about becoming “consumed by the relationship between people and space” after seeing the love people had for a courtyard used for storytelling. Later, observing the construction of classrooms in a village, he saw the community begin to identify with the structure as they built it together. It brought joy, pride, and hope. “The people were self-confident: they saw themselves in that piece of architecture.”

Jury comment: The submission was well-conceived and succinct in its portrayal of an individual journey towards an understanding of the possibilities of meaning (as well as purpose) for architecture and community.