2011 haiti_utk publication

One to Another

A Downloadable Publication from the 2011 Haiti UTK Studio


WBIR Report of the Haiti Studio

Introduction haiti_utk

Welcome to the Haiti UTK site! The work on these pages reflects student engagement in design for both a school and housing for the community of Fonds des Bloncs, Haiti in collaboration with the Haiti Christian Development Fund. The project was initiated in the early fall of 2010 and subsequently a class of 19 students, in the spring of 2011, was given the responsibility of deisgning a secondary school. The school is under constuction. A new group of students is now hard at work developing new housing in Fonds des Blancs. The work of these students can be seen in the pages of this blog. Students of the class will be traveling to Haiti Februay 2-6 to collect addiional data. It is anticipated that this second phase of the project will be completed in late April with construction starting summer 2012. The work of the students is being guided by three primary faculty, John McRae, David Matthews, and Chris King, a local practictioner. The students during their exploration will engage a wide range of issues including context, culture, resources, climate and other outside factors not common to their expereince. 

Students: Cassidy Barnett, Aaron Brown, Sarah Heimermann, Mitzi Coker, Emily Corgan, Ben Cross, Peter Duke, Emily Fike, Sam Funari, Lauren Heile, Kendra McHaney, Lauren Metts, Morgan Oiler, Bernice Paez, Forrest Reynolds, Emily Ryan, James Sawyer, Zachary Smith, Robert Thew, Cory Wikerson Faculty: John McRae, Chris King, David Matthews

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Special Thanks!

The Haiti Studio for spring 2012 is being supported by HaitiServe foundation based in Knoxville Tennessee, that is focused on outreach and engagement in improving conditions in Haiti. 

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Entries in Sam Funari (1)


Conversation with Francois


While the rest of the class was in Haiti, a few of the graduate students who did not go to Haiti found a Haitian living here in Knoxville who was willing to talk to us.


François Lundy grew up in Petit-Trou-de Nippes, and went to high school and college in Port-au-Prince, about 152 km from his home.  He left Haiti when Port-au-Prince was devastated by the earthquake two years ago.  He has a unique perspective on the way of life in Haiti and what would be important to consider when approaching the design for a community like the projected community in Fond-des-Blanc.


François spoke to us about the typical scenarios in homes in Haiti, and he gave us suggestions to pass on to the studio, including the possibility of a professional school where high school graduates can learn the skills to continue to be productive and earn money.


Conversation with Francois Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5