Design For Dignity

Design by the People For the People


In a context where one billion people living in poor and insecure conditions in the world today, and in light of the complexity of challenges that face human settlements development,  an integrated,  interdisciplinary approach is called for to tackle its entangled existence. At Oecumene Studio,  we believe that Architecture is redefining itself today to become a process to build societies, empower communities and support them to transmit their leg through generations.

Design possibilities For positive Impact

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"In Augustin Berque’s opinion, the human milieux did not only reveal the planet or the biosphere, but referred to the Ecumene, i.e. the relationship between humanity and Earthly space. In other words, the Ecumene comprised the human body’s process of extension towards everything external to it: “The Ecumene is our flesh, it is part of our body”(Berque, 1998, p.82)

People deserve to live in better places where they can raise their families, feel secure, feel empowered. We foreseen Architecture as a tool to rebond, reconcile, the Human with his 'Milieux': The 'Ecumene'.

Oecumene Studio is the evolving hub for creative processes, complex and connected mechanisms, disciplines, knowledge and people to rebuild resilient societies by bridging the gap between the Know and the Know how (Theory and practice). Oecumene Studio is a research, design & build social cooperative and more. We like the idea that we don't fit into a mould.
Insaf Ben Othmane

Creative solutions with a twist

Participatory and collaborative urban planning and design


Sustainable architecture & Cost effective construction


Research, Training and Advisory

Our three milestones

1. Strategic Integrated planning

We are continuously developing strategies for design practices based on our field experiences and on intense collaboration with actors from different fields. In light of the complexity of challenges that face human settlements nowadays, an interdisciplinary approach is a necessity. 

2. sustainable solutions

We develop contextualised design solutions founded on creative processes combined with human centred methodologies. Our projects aims to be culturally, environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.  We prioritise environmental performance, and use of local ressources.  We work with local actors to offer high quality, affordable buildings and spaces. 

3 . vision

Expanding the definition of architecture and space practices beyond their narrow image of posh design and elitism. Design is a powerful tool to address today’s challenges of socio-spatial justice, human dignity and empowerment for positive, bigger impact.  

Achievements since 2015


Initiated & implemented deisgn and build projects


Participatory workshops


Public free Exhibitions & Symposiums



community based projects


Our Missions partners

thinking outside
the box is our motto

We are here to offer participatory need assessments, research studies, tailored solutions, advisory, training support, innovative projects and initiatives and training support FOR States government non- governmental organizations, private entities and individuals.

OS WeAfrica

Oecumene Studio – WeAfrica (OS WeAfrica) founded in 2020 – operating since 2019. It is a social cooperative based in Uganda , which focuses to empower communities and in particular women through the design and construction of buildings and spaces.  Oecumene Studio relies on action based research and design & build processes in ways that promote equity, inclusion and social economic development. OS WeAfrica operates as their own full-service designer & builder. OS WeAfrica aims to support women and to develop their self-confidence in a male dominated country. Women are able to create a stable income, and to take on leadership roles across OS WeAfrica worksites and integrated development projects and to gain skills and abilities,  opening the opportunities to access a wider range of careers in the design and construction sectors. 

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A word from Us

We have been working in the fields of emergency architecture, integrated planning and peace building for more than 10 years; we have learned that it is essential to collectivley build an infrastructure of change to make architecture and art of building accessible and world settlements inclusive for all. Architecture and Planning are still top-down professions and disciplines. With Œcumene Studio and its partners,  our goal is to initiate projects and Design possibilities for change by local communities where this change is driven by contextual needs , local challenges but also community assets and ressources.
Passionate about people and their generous capacity to care for the other, Through Œcumene Studio We connect ideas, dreams, skills , knowledge, ressources to create synergies and collective intelligence for an inclusive world, dignified human habitat and safe resilient communities.