New Architecture for Rural Haiti

La Reference de Ganthier serves 6th- through 12th-grade students in Ganthier, Haiti, a rural city east of Port-au-Prince.

Posted by Stephanie Schlaifer July 23, 2019


Pierre-Henri Hoppenot (BA09/MArch12) launched his New York-based architecture firm Studio PHH in 2016 with the goal of creating beautiful, creative, and design-forward spaces. The studio's work encompasses academic, retail, residential, fitness centers, and furniture design. But they've also just completed the first phase of a major educational project in Haiti: La Référence de Ganthier, which serves 6th- through 12th-graders in Ganthier, a rural city east of Port-au-Prince.

For many years, Hoppenot’s family has been involved in educational development efforts in Haiti. His mother Anne Hoppenot, a French teacher, co-founded the organization Konekte Princeton Haiti to develop, fund, and implement educational initiatives in Haiti, in partnership with local communities from their family's homebase in Princeton, New Jersey.

Konekte had worked with La Référence since its inception in 2012, but the school was in need of new facilities. Studio PPH Architects took on the project pro bono. In 2018, the firm completed phase one of the 2,000-square-meter campus, which provides a holistic approach to the site and a meaningful identity for the institution. Later phases of the project will further enhance the school’s campus with additional buildings, common spaces, and recreational facilities.

You can learn more about the project here>>

Images: Nadia Todres, JSC Construction & Konekte Princeton Haiti