Travelling Scholarship Travelling Studio
Rotch Studio exhibit.

Chale Wote Festival, Old Accra. 2014

2015 Rotch Studio winner

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 Rotch Travelling Studio, Associate Professor Gustavo Crembil, and Ph.D. candidate Mae-Ling Lokko, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Gustavo Crembil, Associate Professor and Ph.D. candidate, Mae-Ling Lokko, School of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Accra, Ghana


Jury Chair
Joshua Simoneau AIA
’08 Travelling Scholar

Tim Love AIA
Utile/Northeastern University School of Architecture

Robert Miklos FAIA
designLAB architects


Gustav has practiced architecture in South America and the United States. A Fulbright scholar, his projects include collaborations with disfranchised communities in both regions. Currently an Associate Professor of Architecture, he has been developing a particular focus in contemporary craft, initiating design studios on incremental housing, post-development contexts. Mae-Ling is a doctoral candidate from Ghana who research over the last four years has focused on the development of high performance building integrated material systems from waste agricultural by-products in conjunction interdisciplinary collaborators and manufacturing partners.

Old Accra: Upcycling of Agrowaste, is an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural design-and-build studio that investigates the development of modular proto-architectural structures (canopies, kiosks) made of local waste agricultural by-products. The broader goal is the design of strategies at multiple scales that directly engage both cultural patrimonies and modern-day aspirations to drive architectural and social innovation.

Full studio submission

Rotch Scholars