Scottish-Ghanaian architect Lesley Lokko, who founded the Graduate School of Architecture (GSA) at the Uni. of Johannesburg in 2015, wins the 2020 RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Annie Spink Award for her contribution to architectural education. the first and only African school dedicated to postgraduate architecture education
Lokko dedicates award to BLM supporters, GSA teachers, and students
“I am deeply humbled by the jury’s decision,” Lokko said of winning the award. “This award is for everyone who came out in support of the Black Lives Matter protests, which put such difficult and challenging questions on the table for us all.”
“It is also dedicated to the teachers and students at the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Johannesburg, whose tenacity and inventiveness have charted a new path for architectural education.”
“Together with the profound intellectual generosity I experienced as a student at the Bartlett School of Architecture in the 1990s, they remain crucial touchstones in my teaching practice, now and in whatever comes next,” she added.
Lesley Lokko was born in Dundee, the daughter of a Ghanaian surgeon and a Scottish Jewish mother, and grew up in Ghana and Scotland. At the age of 17, she went to a private boarding school in England. She began studying Hebrew and Arabic at Oxford University but left the program to go to the United States. She graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, with a BSc(Arch) in 1992, and a March in 1995, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of London in 2007