Lesley Lokko (Ghana/Scotland) is an architectural tutorial, educator and best-advertising novelist.
She is the founder and director of the African Futures Institute, set up in Accra, Ghana, in 2020 as a postgraduate school of architecture and community events system. In 2015 she established the Graduate School of Architecture at the College of Johannesburg.
She has taught in the British isles, in the US, Europe, Australia and Africa (the Bartlett Faculty of Architecture, Kingston University and London Metropolitan University in London Iowa Point out College and University of Illinois at Chicago in the United states of america University of Johannesburg and University of Cape Town in South Africa and UTS in Sydney, Australia).
She is the receiver of a amount of awards for contributions to architectural instruction, among them: the RIBA Annie Spink Award for Excellence in Instruction 2020 the AR Ada Louise Huxtable Prize for Contributions to Architecture 2021.
In 2019, she took up an appointment as Dean of Architecture at The Bernard and Anne Spitzer Faculty of Architecture, CCNY, from which she subsequently resigned in 2020 to start off the African Futures Institute in her dwelling nation, Accra, Ghana.
For the earlier thirty years, her get the job done in the two architecture and literature has looked at the romantic relationship concerning ‘race’, culture, and area.
In 2004, she built the changeover from architecture to fiction with the publication of her first novel Sundowners (Orion), next up with further novels. Her thirteenth novel, The Lonely Hour, is forthcoming in 2023 from Pan Macmillan.
She is the founder and editor-in-chief of FOLIO: Journal of Up to date African Architecture.
She is the creator of White Papers, Black Marks: Race, Area and Architecture (Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press 2000).
She retains a PhD in Architecture from the College of London and a BSc (Arch) and MArch from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.
She is presently a founding member of the Council on Urban Initiatives, co-started by LSE Cities, UN Habitat and UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Goal a UCL Push Series Guest Editor and a Going to Professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.
Lokko was a member of the Worldwide Jury of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia in 2021.