Călăraşi County Housing

Călăraşi County – villages of Dor Mărunt (Romania) 2019

Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism (Romania)

Arhipera projects create a bridge between the creative resources of architecture students and poor communities. The projects of the architecture students are executed with funds collected by the association. Within the summer schools, 14 homes were inaugurated for families facing extreme poverty.

The Arhipera projects, developed since 2011, represent a sum of design-build activities, meant to create a connection between the drawn project and the materiality of the built form. For this purpose, during the summer schools, students participate in practical activities that involve experimenting with local materials, associations of materials, exploring traditional techniques, exercises designed to stimulate the creativity of the participants. Last but not least, the practice involves direct interaction with the real beneficiaries of the projects and the practice of public participation methods in architecture. These concepts were learned by the students during the academic year, in the participatory social architecture courses organized by the partnership between the University of Architecture and Urbanism Ion Mincu’’ and the Arhipera Association during the two semesters. During the summer school practice week, there are organized team-building activities and non-formal education projects.




14 families living in the villages of Dor Mărunt, Belciugatele, Sărulești, Călăraşi County


Foundation for an Open Society, Serendino Foundation, Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, Uniunea Arhitecților din România, Ordinul Arhitecților din România, Rockwool, YTONG, RUR, Bonec Consult, Industrial MD Trading S.R.L., Ateliere fără frontiere, Salvați Copiii, British Embassy Bucharest, Zeppelin Magazine, Igloo, Story Travels, Contabil AS, Certind, Archos2002, Blythswood Care, Civic Innovation Fund, Fundatia pentru Dezvoltarea Societatii Civile, Enel, Romanian-American Foundation


Lorin Niculae; Irina Scobiola; Cătălin Caragea; Anca Rusu, Klaske Havik, Sebastiaan Veldhuisen, Augustin Ioan, Vintilă Mihăilescu, Alexandru Călin, Sergiu Petrea, Cătălin Berescu, Ștefan Ghenciulescu, Cosmin Caciuc


Andrei Ardeleanu; Alexandru Popa; Silvia Niculae, Rodica Hălălău, Andreea Nițu, Alecsandru Vasiliu, Ana Dora Matei, Anca Crețu, Andrei Patriche, Lia Nicolescu, Camil Isacov, Sorin Goșa, Adelina Țoncu, Adrian Rotaru, Mihăiță Stancu, Nicoleta Rusu, Ioana Aflorei, Ioana Enache, Cristina Motoi, Alexandra Purnichescu, Andrei Coman, Daniela Nichita, Irina Ursea, Irina Melinte, Robert Petrescu, Andreea Petrescu, Laura Strâmbeanu, Daria Brandenburg, Nadina Bold, Andrei Stroe, Matei Bodea, Victor Arman With: Alexandra Barbu, Cristiana Panculescu, Anca Vâlceanu, Daniel Georgita, Gabriela Ungureanu, Cristina Moișanu, Ioana Tudor, Cosmina Doncu, Andrea Băea, Diana Stegaru, Matei Dinu, Victor Arman, Diana Costache, Teodora Lică, Gabriela Ranetescu, Andrei Stroe, Mina Barbu, Ștefania Simu, Alexandra Maxim, Ionuț Paraschiv, Alex Brătescu, Laura Rizea, Vlad Necula, Corina Lazăr, Ionuț Grigorescu, Teodora Sprânceană, Matei Bodea, Adriana Gigoi, Silvia Gigoi, Beatrice Mareș, Răzvan Dragomir, Ana Ivan-Gurzu, Yasmin Asan, Maria Ghement and Others

Research question

What is the best set of methods, techniques and instruments in order to design houses for disadvantaged groups together with them?

Secondary question: how to create a framework for academia and students in order that their projects to make a difference where they are needed.










Ion Mincu Uni, Romania, Client-funded, Permanent, Initiated by institution, Foundation, Architecture, Self-funded, Undergraduate, Years, Sponsorship, Postgraduate, 51-100, Collaboration, Extra-curricular, Students with tutor