Uganda Mourns Death of Progressive Architect Doreen Adengo

She attended several chemotherapy sessions at Uganda Cancer Institute. Architect Doreen Adengo last month got complications with her leg, leading to severe complications.

“Adengo was very resilient and determined to get out alive but this didn’t happen,” said the deceased’s mother, Eva Adengo.

“The doctors gave their all to save her life but she didn’t make it,” she added. Doreen was a registered architect in the United States and Uganda.

Doreen’s practice ranged from the design of furniture and buildings to research and advocacy focusing on the urban and regional scales. She has helped produce exhibits and workshops exploring Ugandan urbanism and architecture at the Goethe-Zentrum Kampala and the Architecture Museum of the Technical University Munich.

Uganda Mourns Death of Progressive Architect Doreen Adengo

She has also taught at The New School and Pratt Institute in New York, the University of Johannesburg’s Graduate School of Architecture, and was also teaching at Uganda Martyrs University.

Eva described her deceased daughter as “social, jovial and full of life.” She added: “We will always have fond memories of her. She was a great sister to her siblings.”

Sandra I, mourned: “You will be missed Doreen, but will always be remembered. The design world has lost a gifted, beautiful soul. May you rest in eternal peace. Condolences to the Adengo family.”

Doreen inspired many students and alumni during her time at Uganda Martyrs University, through her works and her mentorship. The university said, “For her contributions towards education, architecture
and design, we shall be forever grateful.” Design Hub Kampala tweeted: “As we mourn we will continue to remember her amazing architectural talent & soul! We’ll always have her at heart – May
her soul Rest In Peace”

Martha Okumu Ringa, a diplomat and close friend of Doreen, observed: “My dear sister Doreen words fail me even in pain you hardly complained You fought the good fight. I think GOD needed you to design more Mansions in Heaven. I will always Love and cherish fond memories. I BLESS GOD for you. Till we meet again Rest in GLORY beautiful one.

Black, Afro-Caribbean and African Architects, Designers mourned Doreen in a brief statement, saying, to Ugandans, Doreen Adengo was an epitome of what design means to Ugandans and from the lens of an African.

“To many architects, Doreen’s practice as an African architect has exposed them to Ugandan urbanism and architecture,” the statement reads in part. “To design educators, Doreen’s work provides us with what architecture and design can/could mean to other cultures. Fare thee well.

On behalf of Black, Afro-Caribbean and African architects, designers and more, we expressed our deepest condolences to the family, friends,
colleagues and loved ones of Doreen Adengo.“

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