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Celebrating Our Victory in the Africatown Design Competition

Updated: Jun 29, 2023

Location: Mobile, Alabama

We are thrilled to announce that our team has emerged as the winner of the prestigious Africatown design competition! Our design proposals have been recognized for their innovative vision and commitment to preserving and celebrating African heritage. Winning the competition is a testament to our dedication and passion for creating spaces that honor the past while embracing a vibrant future. We are proud to have played a part in shaping the future of Africatown and promoting its rich cultural history.

A circular shaped gateway structure surrounded by water.
Top View of the Memorial Gateway: Door of Return to Africa

Preserving History, Envisioning a Vibrant Future:

Our design captures the essence of Africatown's cultural significance. The museum aims to provide visitors with a culturally immersive experience, allowing them to explore and understand their heritage through visual materials left by their ancestors. The thoughtful integration of indoor galleries with outdoor spaces creates a seamless connection inspired by African architecture. Additionally, our design for the Memorial Gateway serves as a powerful symbol of encouragement, commemorating the past while inspiring hope for the future.

Seeing the creek, tress, gateway structure and floating walking path behind glass.
Memorial Gateway View from the Gallery

The Spirit of Regeneration and Creativity:

In the Spa Hotel + Convention Center, we sought to create a space that promotes the regeneration of the mind, body, and spirit. The hotel's design incorporates elements of nature, such as water features and green spaces, to provide a serene and healing environment. The convention center, with its flexible floor plan and maximum outdoor connectivity, encourages creativity and community engagement. We intend to offer guests a rejuvenating experience that celebrates African culture and its healing traditions.


The African Performance Arts Center embodies the spirit of creativity. With its organic form and North-oriented amphitheater seating, the center offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding natural scenery. The design includes flexible spaces for performances, workshops, and creative expression, fostering a sense of limitless possibilities. We aim to celebrate African art and inspire individuals to explore their creative potential within the backdrop of nature's beauty.

An amphitheater view.
Square View from the Gallery

As we celebrate our victory in the Africatown design competition, we are humbled by the opportunity to contribute to the preservation and celebration of African heritage. Our winning designs reflect our commitment to honoring the past while envisioning a vibrant future for Africatown. We extend our gratitude to everyone who supported us throughout this journey and we look forward to collaborating with the community to bring these designs to life. Together, we are leaving a lasting legacy that embraces our history, fosters creativity, and inspires generations to come.

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