The Gohar Khatoon Architecture Design Studio at the University of Washington
Architecture students at the University of Washington participated in the “Gohar Khatoon Studio” during the autumn quarter of 2012. The studio provided a platform for improving the design and performance of the future Gohar Khatoon Girls’ School in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan. While the resulting work (presented here) is theoretical, there have been several opportunities for the student design proposals to influence decisions made by project stakeholders involved in the design and construction of the actual school. Beyond the actual project, the process of designing a girls’ school in Afghanistan has benefited all parties involved, and the dialog initiated during the course of the studio has continued well past the end of the quarter. In addition, several students in the studio, as well as others in the UW graduate architecture program, have contributed time and expertise during the construction phase of the project.