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NEWS

Mayor Adjei Sowah & Rosemary Orthner

 


Oct 2017: New Missionary Training Centre in Accra officially opened

 

 “The architecture, the landscaping, the organization — everything is done orderly. And once you walk in, you know that you  walked into a very disciplined and spiritually filled place that will guide you throughout your tour,” 
Adjei Sowah, the Mayor of Accra.


 

BOOKS

 


FOLIO Modern | African | Critical
June 2017 
Published:                  Pata 4 two

‘Functional’, ‘buildable’ and ‘economical’ seem to be the primary concerns of both clients and architects in Ghana today. The criteria permeate across all areas and levels 

of society and are drilled into Ghanaian architectural students, resulting  in professionals who are good technically, but often lacking creativity. Although such considerations are not necessarily negative in themselves, over the past thirty years, the emphasis on cost and functionality over any other consideration has contributed greatly to the proliferation of the ubiquitous concrete jungles, seen everywhere in Ghanaian
cities. 
Sustainability, creativity and imagination have fallen by the wayside, and although clearly thriving in other industries and disciplines, architecture seems to have lost sight of any other goal.But Ghana is changing. On July 1, 2011, the country 

officially moved from low-income status  (as classified by the World Bank) to lower-middle income status. With a young and growing middle class demanding excellence and taking greater pride in all things African, the potential client base for good architecture and design is also changing. Informed by a local, global and pan-African ‘Renaissance’ trend, popularized on the cover of Time Magazine as ‘Africa Rising’, they have taken matters into their own hands. Wearing Afrocentric fashion, listening to Afro-pop and hip-life music, eating at African restaurants, it is only logical that they are beginning to demand an architecture that speaks to them in an authentic ‘voice’, placing their aspirations, identities and tastes at the centre, rather than the margins...





TV




CNN Inside Africa 
February 2016 
Broadcasted:
          The rising star in the world of architecture

 

Viasat 1
16. Oct 2016 
Broadcasted:          
                             Change Managers - Women to Watch

HOUSE HATVAGNER
Published: "Dream Houses" Austrian Broadcasting Company Series
Completed 2006, Sulzriegel, Austria
Sustainable Design


MAGAZINES




Design Bubble Magazine 01
Nov 2016 
Published:              Tropical Curtains - House W

African Design Magazine
Oct 2016 
Published:             
 Living the Brand - The Oracle Office

Industry Business Africa 
September 2016 
Published:           
Architects with focus on a greener Ghana




Construction Review Magazine 
August 2015 
Published:       New Home for the World Bank in Ghana
  

Archi Afrika Magazine 
May 2015 
Published:              Legon City Lofts
  

Construction Review Magazine
May 2015
Published:              OOA Striving for Excellence 

Feature Interview




DIGEST of South African Architecture Vol 18
Published: OFFICES FOR THE WORLD BANK & IFC
Completed 2013, Accra, Ghana
Associate: CO-ARC INTERNATIONAL, Johannesburg, ARUP




ONLINE PUBLICATIONS




WKO
Aussenwirtschaft Austria
Sub Sahara News 2016

APSAIDAL Architecture. Interior Design . in Africa
May 2017 
Published:                Legon City Lofts 
                            Oracle Office Ghana

Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture
Published: OFFICES FOR THE WORLD BANK & IFC
Completed 2013, Accra, Ghana
Associate: CO-ARC INTERNATIONAL, Johannesburg, ARUP




Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture
Published: Akosombo Retreat
Completed 2008, Akosombo, Ghana
Design Architect: Lesley Lokko




COMPETITIONS




ARCHITECTURE HOUSE
1st Prize Winner
Competition 2012, Accra, Ghana
Size: 30000 m2
Name of Client: Ghana Institute of Architects & Vanguard Insurance

AIMS MATHEMATICAL INSTITUTE
Prize Winner
Competition 2011, Location Saltpond, Ghana
Size: 2500 m2
Name of Client: 
AIMS
African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cofinanced by Google