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A3- Archnet Prize for Writing about African Architecture

A3/Archives of African Architecture and the Aga Khan Documentation Center, MIT Libraries are looking for people who are able to bring the general public in Africa and beyond to a mainstream understanding of architecture and its relation to culture through writing about built heritage. The recipients of this award will join the A3 – Archnet team on a fully funded weeklong trip to Boston, Massachusetts for training with the staff of the Aga Khan Documentation Center, MIT Libraries, and to begin work on a database on African Architecture.

To enter, write an essay of no more than 1000 words on a structure in Nigeria or elsewhere in Africa. Describe the building and explain why the building is significant and/or what it means to you. All essays must be in English.

Eligibility Requirements: All who enter this competition

  • Must be university students studying architecture or a related field, and have student status through August 2021
  • Have a Nigerian passport valid through October 2022
  • Follow Archnet Facebook and Instagram.
  • Follow A3 on Instagram and Facebook.
  • Available to travel from April 2019 – August 2022

Submission requirements: Have the following items ready for upload

  • Your essay on a favorite building in Africa in pdf format
  • Links to past articles or writings, published or unpublished.
  • A cv, resume, or biographical summary
  • A scanned copy of your passport’s photo page
  • Apply online at

Deadline for entries: 28 February 2019, 1200pm (GMT)