Conference Programme

Principal speakers

Paul Oliver

researcher at the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development, has argued that vernacular architecture will be necessary in the future to "ensure sustainability in both cultural and economic terms beyond the short term." His work on American traditional music did much to spread interest in the Blues and included early research into the influence of Islamic music from North Africa on the origins of the blues. He is well known for his 1997 work Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World, which includes contributions from 80 countries. "Solutions to the world housing's demand will only be met ... through the support, enhancement and adequate servicing of vernacular architecture."

Joe Osae-Addo

was born in Ghana, West Africa, and trained at the Architectural Association in London. He worked in Finland, the UK and the USA, setting up his practice in Los Angeles in 1991. His work has been influenced by 'genus-loci', and how architecture can/should respond to this in creating pieces which are both site specific and meet the needs of people who will interact with it. He is a founding partner in the A+D Museum, Los Angeles, whose mission is to advance knowledge and to enable people to appreciate and understand architecture and design. He moved back to his native country Ghana in 2004 and is currently the CEO of Constructs LLC, an inno-native® design firm based in Accra and Tamale in Ghana, West Africa.

Labelle Prussin

graduate of the University of California (1952) and Yale (PhD, 1973) has taught at the University of Science and Technology in Ghana, the University of Michigan, the University of Washington, and at CUNY. In addition to professional practice in the United States and Africa, she has held academic appointments in Malaysia and Japan and has lectured widely. Archival research and fieldwork in African arts and architecture has been carried out over these last four decades. Her most significant publications include Architecture in Northern Ghana (UC Press, 1969), Hatumere: Islamic Design in West Africa (UC Press 1986) and African Nomadic Architecture: Space, Place and Gender (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995). In 1998 she received the Leadership Award offered triennially by the Arts Council of the African Studies Association, in 2002 she was honored as a Fellow at the KNUST's Golden Jubilee in Ghana and in 2007 she was appointed an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.

George William Kofi Intsiful

was educated at, and taught at KNUST before going to McGill University, Montreal for an M.Arch. in Housing, and University of Michigan for his doctorate. He taught at Tuskegee University in Alabama and at the University of Illinois, Chicago, then returned to KNUST in 1992. He was then one of the pioneers who started the only Department of Architecture in Zimbabwe from 1999 to 2001, whence he returned to KNUST, where he is currently the Head of the Department of Architecture. Prof. Intsiful has published papers on the training and education of architects in Ghana, housing in Ghana and Zimbabwe, and the development of architecture in Ghana. He has designed educational institutions, private residences, and offices, among other building types.

Hilde Heynen

studied architecture and philosophy at the K.U. Leuven. In 1988 she obtained a Ph.D. in Applied Sciences. In 1991-1992 she was a visiting assistant professor at the M.I.T. School of Architecture teaching a seminar for Master's and PhD students. In 1993- 1994 she was the beneficiary of a postdoctoral fellowship by the Getty Foundation. Currently Hilde Heynen is professor at the Department of Architecture, Urban Design and Regional Planning in Leuven and performs research and didactic tasks in architectural theory. Furthermore, she is a visiting professor at the Architectural Association London. In 2007-2008 she will be a fellow at the Radcliffe Insitute for Advanced Study, Harvard University."


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List of Papers | arranged by topic

Keynote address

A1: African Architecture in Contemporary Theory | Introduction: Labelle Prussin

A2: The African House Today

A3: The African City Today

B1: African Architecture in Education and Research

B2: Institutional Approach to African Architecture

C1: African Architecture in Contemporary Built Examples

C2: Sustainable Technology Challenges in African Architecture

C3: The Future of African Heritage

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