Completed October 2014
"Before he brewed beer, Matthew received his Master of Architecture from Savannah College of Art and Design. He also had a huge heart for serving others and sharing the message of Christ. In May 2013, along with a group of his closest friends and SCAD alum, Matthew teamed up with GoDesign to help build a school in Ethiopia. He was excited to combine his experience in architecture with his desire to help others all while sharing the Gospel. Being a part of this mission trip to Ethiopia truly was part of God’s plan for him, and the rest is still unfolding.” -- Matthew's family
GoDesign founder, Scott Jackson, along with fellow SCAD architecture alumni Matthew Courtright, Luke Hellkamp, Christina Royall, Coty Ekhoff Sandberg and Lisa Gallant worked together for several months drawing up plans in preparation to build a housing duplex.
The project was located in the southern town of Dilla next to a school that GoDesign had constructed the previous year. The goal was to use local tools and native building techniques to build a residential unit that could house the teachers of the school. During the 12 day experience the group saw the beginning of the construction but was also engaged in the lives of the people in the area sharing in coffee ceremonies and ministry.
“Not everyone was created to be a pastor, teacher, doctor, or nurse- but everyone was created go. Scott and the team at GoDesign Inc have given us as designers a chance to use our gifts/abilities to impact the impoverished around the world..” – Luke
After the unexpected passing of Matthew in August 2013 a memorial fund was set up the family. With the funds given, GoDesign was able to build a school in Ethiopia in his memory. This is only the 5th high school in a region of 1.75 million people. The design is very similar to the 50 for 50 school as GoDesign continues to teach the locals the value of local materials and the benefit to large thermal mass. We would like to thank the family and friends as well as Stone Brewing for the outpouring of support to construct this project.