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Watch the progress of the RAJKUMARI RATNAVATI GIRLS’ SCHOOL in Jaisalmer India!

Updated: Mar 31, 2020

Rendering by Basia Kuziemski

Constructed from local sandstone, the Girls’ School and Womens Center will address the need to educate girls and empower women from the neighboring villages of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. The oval forms reflect universal symbols of female strength. The structure replicates the undulating planes of the sand dunes and also serves as a metaphor for the rippling effect that education can have on impoverished areas. The intention is also to incorporate the traditional building methods in a modern design with the hope that the techniques will gain recognition and continue to flourish.


The land originally held only an existing hut with a fence around the property.

Aerial View, Jaisalmer, India

Jaisalmer Dunes


April, 2019, we begin to see the foundation and oval shape of the school:

Aerial View

Schools courtyard

Future classroom location between walls

Base of foundation

Schools courtyard

Schools courtyard


After a few weeks of construction, the next step was the exterior walls of the school. These pictures were taken in May and the middle of June.

Aerial View

View from South, end of May

View from South, middle of June

Exterior wall progress

Exterior wall progress

Exterior wall progress

Exterior wall progress by main entry

Exterior wall next to site entry

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