Conferences & lectures

Propositions: Unravelling the Complexities of Africa’s Architectures

Monday, December 9, 2019




Georg-Lippsmeier-CISSC-WorkingGroupEvent72 Georg Lippsmeier, Hôtel Ivoire seen from Abidjan Bay, Ivory Coast, 1970s. ARCH280914, Georg Lippsmeier Collection, CCA Collection. Gift of African Architecture Matters © Estate of Georg Lippsmeier

This event brings together scholars and practitioners participating in “Centring Africa: Postcolonial Perspectives on Architecture,” a multidisciplinary research program led by the Canadian Centre for Architecture and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Each researcher will offer a short proposition that will analyze and historicize the ways in which architecture manifests transformations in post-independence African countries.

This series of propositions will discuss how such an African-led understanding of continuity and change can challenge the established methods and disciplinary conventions of architectural and urban studies.

This event is co-organized by the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Ethnography Lab and the African Studies Working Group.


  • Doreen Adengo is the principal of Adengo Architecture.
  • Dele Adeyemo is a doctoral student at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London.
  • Warebi Gabriel Brisibe is a senior lecturer at Rivers State University.
  • Monika Motylinska is a postdoctoral researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space.
  • Cole Roskam is an associate professor at the University of Hong Kong.
  • Huda Tayob is a senior lecturer at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg.

Moderated by Hone Mandefro Belaye, a Ph.D. student in Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University.


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