Lokko, an architectural educator, academic, and novelist, founded the African Futures Institute in Accra, Ghana, and the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa.
The following is a press release from the Venice Biennale naming Lesley Lokko as the curator for 18th International Architecture Exhibition at the Biennale, currently scheduled from Saturday, May 20, 2023, to Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023.
The Board of La Biennale di Venezia met on Tuesday, December 14th and, upon the recommendation of President Roberto Cicutto, appointed Lesley Lokko as Director of the Architecture department, with the specific task of curating the 18th International Architecture Exhibition to be held in 2023. The Exhibition will be held from Saturday 20 May to Sunday 26 November, 2023 (pre-opening May 18 and 19).
Lesley Lokko (Ghana/Scotland) is an architectural academic, educator, and best-selling novelist.
She is the founder and director of the African Futures Institute, established in Accra, Ghana, in 2020 as a postgraduate school of architecture and public events platform. In 2015 she founded the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Johannesburg.
She has taught in the UK, in the US, Europe, Australia and Africa (the Bartlett School of Architecture, Kingston University and London Metropolitan University in London; Iowa State University and University of Illinois at Chicago in the USA; University of Johannesburg and University of Cape Town in South Africa; and UTS in Sydney, Australia).