Hikaru Kitai

AADipl, ARB, RIBA, BA Int.Econ & Int.Bus

Infrastructure Specialist for the World Bank on Judicial Modernisation Project in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Liberia, Mexico, Sri Lanka, and Ukraine. Shelter Cluster Coordinator for IFRC. Early Recovery Advisor for UN HABITAT. Assisted teaching at the Architectural Association, Berlage Institute, and Cornell University. Worked internationally as architect and economist.

Seki Hirano

Bsc Arch, AADipl, ARB

Schools and shelter infrastructure advisor in emergency and development. Specialised in drafting national infrastructure codes, strategies and policies. Author of “Rwanda national Child friendly schools infrastructure standards and guidelines 2008” Undertaken consultancies for Emergency Shelter Cluster, DFID, UNICEF, UNHABITAT, IFRC, CARE, Oxfam, CRS, World Bank and Ministry of Education Rwanda.

Annika Grafweg

AADipl, ARB, MA Inter. development

Practicing architect and development practitioner with a specialisation in school infrastructure. Lecturer at the London Metropolitan University within the department of “Architecture of rapid change and scares resources” Specialized in research within the field of community planning, urban slum upgrade and the use of appropriate construction technology. Consultant to UN-habitat for drafting Iraq’s national longer-term shelter strategy for people affected by displacement.


Compendium of Temporary Learning Spaces (TLS): Design and practice in emergencies 2011

Commissioned by UNICEF NY

Annika Grafweg has been commissioned to produce the compendium for 2011. It is a collection of designs, pictures, technical drawings, bill of quantities and cost-effective recommendations from different case studies collected from the field. This project aims to help facilitate the job of implementing learning spaces after an emergency, with sound and clear technical information. Each case study can be adapted to local conditions after a proper technical analysis of the current emergency situation.

The 13 selected case studies have been chosen from different types of disasters include earthquake, floods and high winds. The compendium documents a wide selection of projects with varying degrees of structural complexity, cost, construction time, community participation, construction modalities and locations. It illustrates the distinctive nature of each emergency situation and the very specific responses.

(Extract from compendium)

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Rwanda Child-friendly school infrastructure guidelines 2009

Commissioned by UNICEF Rwanda

We lead the drafting of these new national standards. Further to this work, the standards have been adopted by the ministry education and from 2010 Rwanda continues to construct over 3,000 classrooms per year according to these standards. An article was published by International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment. “Developing Rwanda’s schools infrastructure standards and guidelines”

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School Environment Assessment Tool

In response to the needs of Rwanda MoE together with UNICEF, Humanitarian schools have developed a community based assessment tool which aims to collect simple infrastructure data in order to facilitate prioritisation and encourage a transparent school re-construction project site selection process.

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UNICEF School Design and implementation Capacity building workshop

We have been invited to UNICEF regional School design workshops to share our expertise in school construction. West and Central Africa Regions, East Asia and Pacific region, Eastern and Southern Africa Regions and South Asia regions.

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Rwanda Early Childhood Development Centre Design

We are designing a new Early Childhood Development Centre in Kigali for www.childrensarkproject.org

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India Informal school construction and young peoples’ village design

We worked with the Local NGO partners in India to design and manage the construction of a new school building. We spent 6 months living amongst the community in India designing, managing and facilitating an inclusive design process for the construction project, and by facilitating intensive user group workshops which emphasized the involvement of all parties. This generated many "out of the box" design solutions we believe has enriched the final school building.

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School infrastructure community links

UNICEF school design and construction
Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies
Coalition for Global School Safety and Disaster Prevention Education
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