Alan R. Roy grew up in Cornwall, Ontario. After graduating from Royal Military College, he spent four years in Canadian and overseas postings. His architectural degrees from the University of New South Wales and RAIC Syllabus preceded 32 years in the architectural profession. His previous most memorable humanitarian experience was working with ex-president Jimmy Carter on a Habitat For Humanity project in New York City's Lower East Side. He lives with his wife Maureen in Victoria, B.C.

According to publicity materials: "In September 2010, Canadian architect Alan R. Roy left for Tanzania to realize two long-held dreams - climb Mount Kilimanjaro, and build a school. He accomplished both, and ended up building two schools, in only five weeks. One school is in the slum district of Majengo in Arusha, and the other in the village of Gongali, on the doorstep of Tanzania's safari country. From Clay to Classrooms is the story of Roy's adventure... From his experience, Roy gained a renewed determination to make a significant improvement to the lives of a growing number of African children. He has established a registered charity, Primary Schools For Africa Society, as a mechanism for others to join his mission. Two more school projects are scheduled for November of 2011.


From Clay To Classrooms: An Architect's Dream to Advance Education in Africa by Alan R. Roy (Agio Publishing 2011) 198 pp., trade paperback $19.99, ISBN 978-1-897435-67-0.

[BCBW 2011]