The Umoja Ujamaa Institute for Architecture

A revolution in Design becomes a revolution in Life

THE NEXT ZAHA HADID WILL BE A AFRICAN

–Christopher

The Umoja Ujamaa Institute for Architecture aims to create one of the most sophisticated forward-thinking Design and Architecture schools in the world with the added advantage of it costing nothing for African students to attend. The school will be located in a soon to be announced country in the East African community. Architects, designers, furniture makers, metal workers and other creative professionals from all over the world will donate their time in a minimum of six weeks intervals to teach classes at the campus to pass on their knowledge and skills. The school finances itself through the sale of the work the students do: Every six months a unique set of high-quality furniture is produced at the on-site factory and sold in the US and EU to pay for the school’s expenses and assure the growth and stability of the institution.

Initial funding was done by Christopher Plummer, a well known architect, designer, furniture maker and an artist. Christopher was born and raised in Africa and after being recently diagnosed with the degenerative brain disease CTE, he decided to move back to Africa to complete the largest project he’s ever taken on.

Some of the reasons we picked East Africa to start this project are the region’s stability, Christopher’s association with it and ease of communication. Given that the area has countries with relatively stable economies, lack of conflict, amazing natural resources with a relatively easy language barrier, because in most countries Africans speak better English and have a higher level of education than most Americans.

Videographers and writers can apply

Due to the uniqueness and ambition of the project, it will be filmed and documented as part of a series on a major network to help spread the word about the conditions in Africa, and the struggles of its founder with CTE. If you are a  writer, videographer or an editor and want to volunteer or know someone who’d be interested, contact us at press@metallolegno.com!

Christopher Plummer, CEO

Christopher is a renown architect, furniture designer and entrepreneur. He was born and raised in Tanzania and while he has traveled all over the world and made a name for himself, he always facilitated projects in Africa, among others the Global Soap and the Mama Stove projects.  Christopher always wished to return to Africa for an even more ambitious and challenging project and help make changes happen.

He developed the idea about the Metallo Legno project overnight and when he shared it with partners and friends in W, it East Africa as met with immediate approval and support. This cemented the decision to move forward with the project.

Christopher Plummer, CEO of Metallo Legno
Christopher Plummer, CEO of Metallo Legno

Christopher Plummer, CEO

Christopher is a renown architect, furniture designer and entrepreneur. He was born and raised in Tanzania and while he has traveled all over the world and made a name for himself, he always facilitated projects in Africa, among others the Global Soap and the Mama Stove projects.  Christopher always wished to return to Africa for an even more ambitious and challenging project and help make changes happen.

He developed the idea about the Metallo Legno project overnight and when he shared it with partners and friends in East Africa, it was met with immediate approval and support. This cemented the decision to move forward with the project.

Christopher is now negotiating for 50 hectares of land with virgin forest that has been partially cleared for the construction of the campus. Christopher has donated the complete inventory of tools from the Metallo Legno Factory. Additionally he has obtained 10 000 hectares of ecologically harvested, rain-forest certifiable timber primarily teak, rosewood and mukula for use at the school.

Donations monitoring

All donations will be accounted for, tracked and monitored by a third party company, namely the Grant Thornton accounting network. https://www.grantthornton.global/

Fundraising and Support

Depending on the amount of funds raised and types of sponsorships, we hope we can create a carbon-neutral LEED-certified campus, consisting of a state of the art wood- and metalworking shop with CNC-routers and milling machines (vendors to be determined).

We are also looking for corporate sponsors and private supporters to help realise the project. Whether you can donate tools, equipment, materials, whether you would like to help market student’s work or do PR work, we’d be happy to provide you with a donation receipt and assist you. 

“We make change happen"