Joe Osae-Addo, The Artchitect With Style


Joe Osae-Addo, The Artchitect With Style

Joe Osae-Addo is Principal of Constructs with offices in Accra and Tamale, Ghana, and in Washington DC and Los Angeles, USA.

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The firm synergizes architecture, urban planning, landscaping, and building technology into a single unit geared towards bringing modern architecture and building techniques to create ‘inno-native’ design solutions to contemporary African architecture. ‘Inno-native’ is the condition where solutions are developed smartly and are indigenous.

The work and interest of the practice has been influenced by various investigations of ‘genus-loci’ and how architecture can/should respond to this in creating pieces that are both site specific and meet the needs of the people who will inhabit or interact with it. This has led to a more public intervention in South Los Angeles, where several projects are under construction aimed at establishing a discourse between what is important to communities and how site, climate, materials and their weathering, with design intent, should shape these interventions

Joe Osae-Addo studied architecture at the Architectural Association (AA) in London (1980-86).

He has worked for architectural firms in Finland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

He is Chairman of ArchiAfrika, a platform that initiates and facilitates research and projects on the terrain of African architecture and architecture in Africa.

He was a member of the Awards jury for region Africa Middle East in 2008 and 2011.

Joe Osae-Addo will be a member of the LafargeHolcim Awards jury for Middle East Africa in 2017.

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