Lesley Lokko



Main Affiliation

Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture


The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture


SSA 122


212 650 7284

L. Lokko cropped

Lesley Lokko

Educational Credentials

  • PhD in Architecture (Design), University of London, UK, 2007
  • Diploma in Architecture (with Distinction in Design & Technical Studies; RIBA II), Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, London, UK, 1994-95
  • BSc, Architecture (RIBA I), Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, London, UK, 1989-92

Teaching Experience

  • Dean and Professor, Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York, starting December 2019
  • Professor of Architecture and Director of School, Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2014-2019
  • Visiting Professor, University of Westminster, London, UK, 2005-2008
  • Academic Leader in Strategic Planning and External Affairs, University of North London, London, UK, 2001-2002
  • Senior Lecturer, Kingston University, Kingston-upon-Thames, UK, 2000-2001
  • Assistant Professor of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, 1998-2000
  • Assistant Professor of Architecture, Iowa State University, Ames, 1997-98

Professional Experience

  • Architectural
    • Director, Lokko Associates, Accra, Ghana, 2004-2012
    • Project Architect, Elsie Owusu Architects, London, UK, 1996-97
    • Director (Interior Design), Brandt + Lokko, Windhoek, Namibia, 1992-93
    • Architectural Assistant, Bureau J C Désert, Pte de Clignancourt, Paris, France, 1991
  • Fiction
    • The Bid (forthcoming 2021)
    • A Trophy Wife (2018)
    • The Last Debutante (2016)
    • In Love & War (2014)
    • Little White Lies (2013)
    • An Absolute Deception (2012)
    • A Private Affair (2011)
    • One Secret Summer (2010)
    • Rich Girl, Poor Girl (2009)
    • Bitter Chocolate (2008)
    • Saffron Skies (2005)
    • Sundowners (2004)

Selected Publications and Recent Research

  • Edited Books/Journals
    • White Papers, Black Marks: Race, Space, Architecture, Lokko, L. (ed.), Athlone Press, London & University of Minnesota Press, April 2000.
    • FOLIO: Journal of Contemporary African Architecture, Lokko, L. (ed.) GSA Imprints, Johannesburg, 2017.
  • Book Chapters & Articles
    • "More Than Three, Please,” Feminist Theory, Gupta, P. & Frenkel, R. (eds.), SAGE, Newcastle, 2019.
    • “African Spance Magicians,” . . . And Other Such Stories, 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial Catalogue, Chicago: CAB, 2019
    • “The Moneygram,” Overgrowth: Oslo Architecture Triennale, Axel, N., Dalziel, M., Harper, P., Hirsch, N. Sachs Olsen, C. & Smith, M., New York: eFLUX, 2019.
    • “Outrage,” Architectural Review, vol. 38, London: eMAP Publishing, 2017
    • “A Minor Majority,” Architecture Research Quarterly, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (2017)
    • "Continental Shift," Architectural Review, vol. 7, London: eMAP Publishing, 2017.
    • “uKuhumusha,” Global Practices, Transnational Pedagogies, Charrette, AAE, vol. 4, Number 2, , Pacheco, M. (ed), 2017.
    • "Warp, Weft, Wend," Serpentine Gallery 2017, Blanchflower, M. (ed), London: Koenig Books, 2017.
    • "DIY," African Cities Reader, Vol. 1, (eds) Pieterse, E., & Edjabe, N., Chimurenga, 2010.
    • "BodyMemoryMap," in Sites of Memory: African Americans and the Cultural Landscape, Barton, C., (ed.). Princeton: Princeton Architectural Press, 2001, 119-134.
    • "ResponseAbility," in Occupying Architecture: Between the Architect and the User, Hill, J., (ed.). London: Routledge, 1997, 40-59.
  • Refereed Conference Papers
    • "From Tables to Marketplaces: Unit System Africa, A World of Architectural History Conference," Bartlett School of Architecture, London, UK, 2018.
    • "uKumuhusha," 5th All-Ireland Research Group, Cork, Eire, 2016.
    • "Speaking in Tongues," 4th All-Ireland Research Group, Dublin, 2015.
    • "Teaching Architecture, Practicing Drawing," University of Washington, 2015.
    • “Cut and Paste,” Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Conference, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2015.
    • "Don’t Talk to Your Client About Architecture," University of Westminster Architecture Research Group Conference, London, UK, 2002.
    • "Architectures of Globalisation," University of California, Berkeley, 2001.
  • Grants and Awards/Fundraising:
    • University of Johannesburg, Teaching Innovation Grant Fund, 2015-17.
    • The Graham Foundation, Chicago: funding of an architectural journal, FOLIO, 2015-17.
    • Saint-Gobain, Johannesburg, South Africa: GSA international lecture series filming and logistical support, 2015-17.
    • GSA - Boogertman + Partners International Lecture Series, Johannesburg, South Africa: first GSA International Lecture Series, 2015-17.
    • GSA Summer Show, Paragon Architecture Group, Johannesburg, South Africa: sponsorship for the annual GSA Summer Show, 2015-17.
    • University of Johannesburg: Teaching Innovation Grant Fund and Emergent Research Fund Award, 2014.
    • Arts and Humanities Research Board, Bristol, UK: Postgraduate Study Award, 2002-05.
    • Arts and Humanities Research Board, Bristol, UK: Successful Research Leave Scheme Grant (2001-2002) and Small Grant Funding for related research project, 2001.
    • Tate Modern, Bankside, London, UK: White Papers, Black Marks symposium and book launch, 2001.
  • Book/Paper Reviewer/Phd Reviewer/Editorial Board
    • AJAR (ARENA Journal of Architectural Research), Ubiquity Press, London, Editorial Board Member, 2016-present.
    • PLACES Journal, Berkeley, California, USA Academic Partner and Board Member, 2018 – present.
    • New Architecture Writers (NAW), London, UK, Advisory Board Members, 2019 - present
    • Architecture Review Quarterly, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK, Editorial Board Member, 2016-17.
    • FOLIO, Graduate School of Architecture Publications, Johannesburg, South Africa, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, 2016-17.
    • MALOCA, Architectures and Urbanisms of the South, Universidade Federal do Integração Latino-Americana, Brazil, Member, Scientific Committee, 2016-17.
    • NRF, Johannesburg, South Africa, Panel Reviewer, 2016-17.
    • The Art of Public Space, Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, Book Reviewer, 2016.
    • University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, PhD Abstract Reviewer, 2014.

Professional Memberships

  • Third Space (Founding Member)
  • Society of Authors
  • Foundation54 (Co-Founder)