Architecture

Museum of West African Art (MOWAA) to Open 15-Acre Campus in November with MOWAA Institute Building Designed by Adjaye Associates

View of the MOWAA Institute. Courtesy of Museum of West African Art

The Museum of West African Art (MOWAA) today announced that the MOWAA Institute, the first facility on MOWAA’s 15-acre Campus, will open on November 4, 2024. Located in the historic heart of Benin City, the MOWAA Campus will host visitors from across the region at its array of complementary facilities and public spaces for display, […]

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Sycamore & Oak by Adjaye Associates Wins A 2024 Wood in Architecture Award

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Sycamore & Oak, an innovative Retail Village designed by Adjaye Associates, has been honored with the prestigious 2024 Wood in Architecture Award. This accolade, presented by the WoodWorks Wood Products Council, celebrates excellence and innovation in using wood in architectural design, recognizing high achievements in design excellence, sustainability and resilience, and market impact. Located in

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Kenyan Architecture Practice Cave Bureau Co-Founders Selected as Part of Curatorial Team for British Pavilion at 2025 Venice Architecture Biennale

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The British Council has announced that the British Pavilion at the 2025 Venice Architecture Biennale will be curated by a dynamic UK-Kenya team. The curatorial team includes Kabage Karanja and Stella Mutegi, co-founders of the Nairobi-based Cave Bureau, alongside Dezeen contributor Owen Hopkins and Queen Mary University professor Kathryn Yusoff. This marks the first time

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50 Influential African Women Architects

50 INFLUENTIAL AFRICAN WOMEN ARCHITECTS BY AFRICANS COLUMN

In the vibrant tapestry of African architecture, women are carving out their own remarkable legacies, reshaping skylines, and redefining the boundaries of design. From bustling urban centers to remote rural landscapes, their visionary contributions are leaving an indelible mark on the built environment. Here, we present a curated list of African women architects whose innovative

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Harmonizing Heritage: The Ubikwiti House’s Rammed Earth Construction Blends Tradition and Modernity in Senegal

Ubikwiti House by IDEA

Nestled in the heart of Mbour, Senegal, lies a groundbreaking architectural venture – the Ubikwiti House. Crafted by Senegal-based architecture studio ID+EA, this dwelling stands as a testament to the seamless fusion of tradition and modernity through its innovative use of rammed earth construction. Rammed earth, the cornerstone of this project, is not merely a

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Nigerian Architect Tosin Oshinowo to Headline 2024 Melbourne Design Week

Toshin Oshinowo, photographed for Identity magazine. Image by Bashar Belal

Melbourne Design Week, Australia’s premier annual design festival, is gearing up for its eighth edition, set to captivate audiences with an expansive program featuring over 300 exhibitions, symposiums, and talks across Melbourne and regional Victoria. Among the highlights of this year’s event is the keynote presentation by acclaimed Nigerian architect Toshin Oshinowo, promising an insightful

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World’s Largest Museum, Grand Egyptian Museum, Captured Ahead of Opening in Egypt

Primary facade Grand Egyptian Museum at night. Image © Lina Shaker

In a momentous capture, the long-anticipated Grand Egyptian Museum, designed by Dublin studio Heneghan Peng Architects, has been unveiled ahead of its scheduled opening in Giza, Egypt, later this year. The stunning images, shared by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), showcase the monumental structure set against the iconic backdrop of the Pyramids of Giza. Heneghan

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Elevating Education: The French School in Tanzania by IPA Architects

The French School

In the heart of Masaki, Tanzania, stands a beacon of architectural brilliance, catering specifically to the French community in the region – the French School, meticulously crafted by IPA Architects. Spanning across an expansive 1-acre site, this purpose-built institution seamlessly integrates functionality with aesthetic appeal, offering a holistic educational environment that inspires and nurtures young

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Lagos Breaks Ground for Africa’s First Purpose-Built Entertainment Arena

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In a momentous event heralding a new era for entertainment and sports in Africa, Lagos, Nigeria, celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for the Lagos Arena, a visionary project set to revolutionize the region’s cultural landscape. The ceremony, graced by esteemed dignitaries, state officials, and international partners, marked the commencement of construction for the continent’s first purpose-built

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Grand Egyptian Museum Achieves Milestone as First EDGE Advanced Green Museum in Africa and the Middle East

Grand Egyptian Museum as the First EDGE Advanced Green Museum in Africa and the Middle East

The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) has made history by becoming the first museum in Africa and the Middle East to be awarded the prestigious EDGE Advanced Green Building Certification by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). This recognition underscores Egypt’s commitment to sustainable development and sets a new benchmark for environmentally responsible construction in the region.

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