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Ruth Enslow

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Environmental Design

Class of 2009

Ruth Enslow '09 grew up with the idea that the world is one country and everyone plays a part in making it prosper. So it’s little wonder the New Zealand native and environmental design graduate would end up living and working in Uganda, where she was asked to use her architectural skills to create a training center for a youth-based distance learning program called Preparation for Social Action. She worked with a construction engineer and received advice from an architect to put her plans into action. Currently, two dormitories and a dining hall are in use with provisions for more buildings to come in the future. “Working in another country with a supportive network allowed me to do an unimaginable project,” she said.

Her MICA thesis helped to prepare her for this role. “My thesis ended with a model of my own on a constructed space that can be both constructive and instructive,” she explained. Today she’s proud of what she’s sparked: a training facility settled on a hill overlooking Lake Victoria. With a love for education, Enslow also plans to spend the next year teaching at a homeschooling center. In most of her activities, she focuses on expanding the knowledge of those around her. “In some ways, [the] success in providing a space to explore and generate knowledge reminds me of my positive experiences at MICA,” she said.