Insignia of Arts and Letters for Jean-Jacques Kotto
On Monday, June 19, the French Ambassador to Cameroon give to Jean-Jacques Kotto the insignia of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters.
Jean-Jacques Kotto, architect, director of the Special Higher School of Architecture of Cameroon (ESSACA) received the symbolic distinction of the Arts and Letters of the French Republic, awarded by the Minister of Culture.
Jean-Jacques Kotto is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He is also the general director of the architectural firm G2A (group of African architects) based in Yaoundé.
Elected president of the National Order of Architects of Cameroon (ONAC) in 1995, he became president of the African Union of Architects (UAA) three years later. Faced with the lack of training for the trades of architects and urban planners, Jean-Jacques Kotto decides to turn to teaching. He founded ESSACA in 2009 with the support of the International Union of Architects (UIA), the Union of Architects of Africa (UAA), the Cameroonian government And the University of Douala.
Today, the school collaborates closely with the National School of Architecture and Landscape of Bordeaux, through sharing of teachings, cross-experiments and scientific exchanges.
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