AMB University College


A design for a University-College campus in the Northern Botswana town of Francistown, Botswana. The site is a large, gently sloping piece of land on the outskirts of the town. The brief includes academic and administrative staff offices, lecture halls, laboratories, a library, student canteen, sports hall and sports facilities.

Due to the phased implementation strategy of the campus, it was necessary to design the first stage in a manner that would allow it to function as a stand-alone facility, which would not feel incomplete until the later stages have been added. This was accomplished by arranging the primary academic facilities along a North-South ‘avenue’ which serves as a primary circulation route, informal gathering space, and visual connector across the varying functions. This intersects with an East-West axis along which the social and sporting facilities are positioned.

The defined outdoor spaces set up by this spatial framework were considered as important components of the site. As successive phases are added, they ‘plug in’ to pre-planned growth nodes along the avenue and intersecting axis, setting up secondary courtyards and gathering spaces off the primary structuring devices.

About the Project

Francistown, Botswana

In progress

New Build

New campus including lecture rooms, office facilities, canteen, and sports facilities.