African Vernacular Architecture Database Launched

A database to showcase the beauty, relevance and diversity of African vernacular architecture has recently been launched.

Due to the limited information available online, Beaufort, S.C.-based architect Jon Sojkowski began this project to highlight what exists and what is rapidly disappearing. The database showcases images of vernacular structures in every African country.

Plastering the walls of a home in Chisi village, Malawi

Because funding to conduct on-site research is limited, the project is asking individuals to take pictures or submit their own to expand the database. As the database is a platform to share images with the world, full credit is given for each image submitted.

The database can be viewed at

Zambia social insaka on top of a termite mound