Posted: 20 September 2022

GSA Lecture Series 2022: Making, Writing & Speaking Architecture Nana Biamah-Ofosu 


29 September  2022 

18:30-20:00 SAST 

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Architectural practice is a process. The making of spatial experiences is underpinned by the ways we speak and write about our experiences, building cultures, and spatial memories. In this lecture, Biamah-Ofosu explores the process of architectural practice through the lens of the hybrid practitioner - who makes, writes, and speaks architecture. The lecture will focus on the process of making space, through the work of Studio NYALI, an architecture, design, and research practice Biamah-Ofosu co-founded in 2021. It will also explore her ongoing research on the African Compound House and her contributions to leading architecture and design journals and publications. In describing the role of the hybrid practitioner in architectural practice today, the lecture will uncover how these different modes of working in architecture can be used to develop new forms of practices, methodologies, and building cultures that can speak to the needs of our current times and possible future. 

Nana Biamah-Ofosu is a Ghanaian-born qualified architect, educator, researcher, writer based in London. She is a co-founder of Studio NYALI, based in London. The work of the practice aims to centre peripheral identities, cultures and people by examining, challenging and shifting architectural critiques and narratives towards a more inclusive, holistic understanding of the built environment. Previous projects include the ArchiAfrika Pavilion as part of the European Cultural Centre’s Time Space Existence exhibition for the 17th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice and the design of Althea McNish: Colour is Mine, a retrospective exhibition of Althea McNish at the William Morris Gallery.  

As an educator, she teaches at Architecture Association and Kingston School of Art in London and has lectured widely in the UK and abroad including as a guest critic at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Nana’s teaching practice is closely aligned with her professional practice, exploring issues of decolonisation, decarbonisation and learning from practices, methodologies and building cultures previously excluded from the western architectural canon. 

All lectures are free and open to the public. 

All lectures earn Cat 1,0,3 CPD credits.