Located in Ethiopi, Furi School Project was designed by Architecture graduate, Advised by assistant professor of architecture Ozayr Saloojee and supported by the College of Design, Blaisdell took on the project and, over the course of the past year, has been developing the conceptual and design framework of the project. In addition, he was sponsored by the college’s School of Architecture and the dean’s office to visit Furi last spring to assess the unique socio-cultural and material conditions of the area.
Since graduating with his masters of architecture degree in May, Blaisdell has been actively continuing his work on the design of the project. Fundraising for the Furi School Project, led by a Minneapolis-based nonprofit, is ongoing and, with the help of individual donors, Blaisdell and Kifle hope to attend the school’s groundbreaking in the near future.
Inspired by his work on the project, Blaisdell is now involved with a second design project in Africa, supporting the development of a preliminary layout for a new cancer treatment centre at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center outside Moshi, Tanzania.