From Africa to Venice, the 2023 Architecture Biennale will be the laboratory of the future

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Curator Comisaria
Lesley Lokko.
Venue / Localitation Lugar / Localización
18th International Architecture Exhibition. Venice, Italy. XVIII Exposición Internacional de Arquitectura. Venecia, Italia.
Dates Fechas
The Exhibition will be held from Saturday 20 May to Sunday 26 November, 2023 (pre-opening May 18 and 19). La Exposición se llevará a cabo desde el sábado 20 de mayo hasta el domingo 26 de noviembre de 2023 (pre-inauguración 18 y 19 de mayo).

Lesley Lokko

Lesley Lokko. Born in Dundee, United Kingdom, in 1964, is a Ghanaian-Scottish architect, academic, and novelist. Trained at the Bartlett School of Architecture and with a PhD in Architecture from the University of London where Lokko’s knowledge base and capability as an educator was built, her academic career was initially honed at Kingston University, University of East London, London Metropolitan University, University of Greenwich, the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) and later at the University of Westminster. These experiences were followed by a number of visiting professorships in North-American and African higher education institutions.

Throughout her career thus far, Lokko has established a durable and international legacy in terms of her voice and the courses to which she has contributed, most notably between 2014 and 2019, as the founder and director of the Graduate School of Architecture of the University of Johannesburg, a school which – in its independence and ambition – has been transforming not just the content but the narrative of architectural education in South Africa and the continental region.

She has pioneered for, and cultivated, critical debate about identity in architecture. The innovation and passion in her teaching is matched by an unfaltering commitment to ensuring that architectural education and research run in parallel with the contemporary anthropological, artistic, technological and literary public debates. In tandem with this approach, she questions, defines and enhances the role the architect plays in shaping contemporary global and local communities. This professional stance not only makes her a most deserving winner of this award but also confirms that we are to expect many forms of achievement and of well-deserved recognition in her future career steps.

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