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rise in the city 2018: Call for Mentors and Sponsors

Students are already busy working on their submissions for an international competition to design affordable housing in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, in Southern Africa. Now, mentors and sponsors are needed.

October 17, 2018

EDITOR’S NOTE: As in 2017, is delighted to serve as a media partner for rise in the city 2018.


The non-profit Relationships Inspiring Social Enterprise (rise), co-founded by BOND Events, hosted its first rise in the city fundraiser in New York City last October – an auction of sponsored (and amazing) artworks created by architects, designers, and artists from 15 states and 11 countries.


Building on the success of rise in the city 2017, the organization launched rise in the city 2018, an international student competition to design affordable urban housing in Maseru – the capital of Lesotho, in Southern Africa.


Registration is now open for architecture firms to be mentors and for sponsors. 


Maseru has been split into 100 virtual blocks. A student, architecture firm, and sponsor get to take up virtual residency of each block.


Architecture students will submit their preliminary designs by November 15. They will benefit from mentorship from international architecture firms who are matched through their block. 


rise is seeking:


·      50 architecture firms to review the students’ preliminary designs November 15 - 30. There is no cost to be a mentor. Deadline to register: October 31 

·      50 companies to sponsor a bock for just $1,200. rise is a registered 501(c)(3), so the sponsorship is tax deductible. Sponsorship includes:
- Your logo and a link to your website published on
- Lots of exposure through social media and the trade press. (A recent article about the competition in Architectural Review includes a Q&A with Daniela Gusman, rise co-founder and executive director.)
- A 1-1 experience with the architecture firm in your sponsored block, such as meeting with a senior design team, or touring a project designed by the firm.
- In addition, if your product is viable for a developing country like Lesotho, it may be incorporated into the design of the competition entry. Deadline to register: December 15

A high-profile jury will choose the winners (one international and one from Lesotho), who will be announced in January 2019. 


To register, go to: rise in the city 2018 


All the tax-deductible funds raised from the competition will go towards completing the in loco design & build project of an orphanage in Lesotho. 


If enough additional funding is raised, rise will then build the housing prototype, in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government's Department of Housing, so that people in Lesotho can see the design, be inspired, and build houses that are equally as sustainable and made from locally sourced materials. 


We hope you decide to sign up as a mentor or a sponsor, and please help spread the word! 


Any questions, please contact Daniela Gusman, executive director & co-founder of rise E: 954 296 9889 / 





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OER Africa (Open Educational Resources)

Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, in Southern Africa

rise International

Maseru, Lesotho