Author Archives: Roberto Rocco

About Roberto Rocco

I am an associate professor at the Section Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Delft University of Technology. Our chair is one of the leading research centres in spatial planning in Europe. If you want to contact me, please write to

The Rural Housing Studio is at full steam in Kenya

Michiel Smits from Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment TU Delft is coordinating a the RURAL HOUSING STUDIO in #Africa where they help local communities build their own houses. Check #TheRuralHousing studio website! you can also join the project:
And se what is going on at the moment:

Rural Housing Studio

“Bringing help to where it is needed the most”


The rural housing studio is a studio dedicated to help underprivileged rural families in developing countries. The targeted communities know what type of housing they would like to live in, however, they are unable to design and engineer them without external help. Regular development aid offers ready built solutions without involving the inhabitants and their communities into the process. The rural housing studio offers internship (BSc) and graduation positions (BSc & MSc) to students, who will advise and inform rural families to build their desired housing together with their community. Ultimately it is suppose to generate self-reliant and resilient communities with improved houses, which do not depend on development aid programs anymore.

The studio is lead by researcher and architect Michiel Smits (PhD candidate) who has been working as a pro bono architect since 2004 in the rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa and has an extensive expertise in helping rural communities.

Urban Studies Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the African Centre for Cities

Urban Studies Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the African Centre for Cities

Applications must be submitted by 15 September 2017

Gareth Wall – research officer
Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF)