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Talk on school architecture in Ghana – Kuukuwa Manful

Building Africa is delighted to announce the seventh and final event in its speaker series. Entitled Building the nation and constructing class: the architecture of education in Ghana, will be given by Kuukuwa Manful.


17.00-18.30, Tuesday 12 March

Brunei Gallery, SOAS, 10 Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG


The event is free and open to everyone.


Register for this event here.

For details of the rest of the programme, visit our website.


Building the nation and constructing class: the architecture of education in Ghana

In this talk, Kuukuwa puts forward the construction of social class hierarchies as an ironic and unexpected outcome of the post-independence nation-building in Ghana under the nation’s socialist president, Kwame Nkrumah. It is drawn from her ongoing book project ‘The Architecture of Education’, which is an account of the making of and belonging in modern Ghana told through the lens of sociopolitical and physical architecture of schools and foregrounding numerous overlooked and diminished actors, sources, and accounts.

Kuukuwa Manful is a trained architect and researcher who creates, studies and documents architecture in Africa. She is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan. Her current projects include a book about ‘The Architecture of Education in Ghana’ and a study of the ‘Formalisation and Unformalisation of Architecture in West Africa’ using a collection of endangered archives that she has recently digitised.


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