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Kuukuwa Manful

PhD Candidate

Kuukuwa is an architect from Ghana with interests in African architectural history and social architecture.

In addition to a Master of Architecture from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, she has an MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford, UK. 

Her previous research explored the positioning of Ghanaian architects in the modernist movement, the concept of Asante architectural identity towards the design of urban buildings in Kumasi and social acceptance of earth building in urban areas. 

She curates Adansisem, an architecture collective that researches and documents Ghanaian architecture theory, research and practice and has recently been awarded a British Library Endangered Archives Grant which she will use to digitise an architectural archive in Accra.

Kuukuwa’s research project examines African nation-building and notions of citizenship through the architecture of West African secondary schools constructed by states between 1945 and 1965. 

Using architectural analysis and archival research in combination with an ethnography of two schools in Ghana and Senegal, she explores how the planning, design, and construction of state secondary schools were focused on producing particular types of modern citizen. She examines how pupils, teachers and locals have shaped, and been shaped by the schools. 


She focuses on citizens’ perceptions of their states as a result of state architecture projects and the effects of these projects on the development of architectural professions in Ghana, Tanzania and Senegal. 

She is interested in African architectural history, heritage, identity, and social architecture in African contexts.

See Kuukuwa's articles here.