Posted: 08 October 2019
Issa Diabate. Homegrown Series # 08. © Fred Swart

No. 8
Côte d’Ivoire

Educated at Yale, born in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire and fluent in several languages, Issa Diabaté is – in his own words – a ‘shape shifter.’ His practice operates across multiple fields – as architects, developers, policy-makers, activists, urbanists and thinkers – and is one of the continent’s largest. His hour-long talk on Thursday, 30 May 2019 opened up new possibilities for African architects and new imaginings for ways of working in this rich and challenging context.

Interesting Facts:
Issa speaks five languages.
He studied business and economics before training as an architect at Yale.
Together with his business partner, Guillaume Koffi, they run the largest architectural practice in the country.
Issa is one of only ten African designers who worked on the Överallt collection for IKEA.
He was knighted in Cote d’Ivoire for his contributions to culture.
He’s older than he looks.
He loves to swim.

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