Donghia Designer-in-Residence Lecture by Joseph Osae-Addo, with Reception

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Donghia Designer-in-Residence Lecture by Joseph Osae-Addo, with Reception

JOSEPH OSAE-ADDO will present a public lecture on Thursday, 3/16, at Otis College of Art and Design + via Zoom!

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Otis College of Art and Design 9045 Lincoln Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90045

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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
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2022-2023 Donghia Designer-in-Residence Lecture by JOSEPH OSAE-ADDO, with Reception

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Reception 6:30-7:30 pm

Refreshments will be served.

Lecture + Q&A 7:30-8:45 pm

This lecture - with preceding reception - will be presented in the Forum, Elaine and Bram Goldsmith Campus, Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045, and via ZOOM. The lecture and parking are open and free to the public!

On-campus attendance is limited to 100 attendees. Zoom attendance is unlimited.

Please RSVP via Eventbrite to reserve an on-campus seat.

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JOSEPH OSAE-ADDO will also direct a one-week Master Class between March 16 and 22, 2023, at Otis College of Art and Design + via ZOOM.

About Joseph Osae-Addo

Joseph (Joe) Osae-Addo was born in Ghana, West Africa, and trained at the Architectural Association in London. He worked in Finland, the UK, and the USA, setting up his practice in Los Angeles in 1991. He was a founding partner of the A+D Museum, Los Angeles, whose mission is to advance knowledge and to enable people to appreciate and understand architecture and design. Joe ran his studio in Los Angeles until he moved back to his native country of Ghana after a visit in 2000. At that time, Ghana “had just elected a new president, and Addo sensed a ‘democratic fervor’ that had not existed before. ‘There was an atmosphere of optimism and euphoria, and I wanted to be part of it,’ he says.” -

 Joe is currently the CEO of Constructs R&D, an inno-native™ design firm based in Accra and Chairman of ArchiAfrika Foundation. Joe’s firm, Constructs, synergizes architecture, urban planning, landscaping, and building technology into a single unit geared towards bringing modern architecture and building techniques to create design solutions to contemporary African architecture. Inno-nativeÔ is a condition where the best design solutions are indigenous.

 The work and interest of the practice has been influenced by various investigations of ‘genus-loci’ and how architecture can/should respond to this in creating pieces that are both site specific and meet the needs of the people who will inhabit or interact with it. This has led to interventions in South Los Angeles and Accra’s Jamestown, where several projects aim at establishing a discourse between what is important to communities and how site, climate, materials, and their weathering, with design intent, should shape these interventions.

 Joe Osae-Addo can be found most days at ArchiAfrika Design Gallery and the Jamestown Cafe in the old city of Accra.

The Donghia Designer-in-Residency, including this Lecture, is organized by the Environmental Design Department at Otis College of Art and Design.

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Images (clockwise from top):

  • Joseph Osae-Addo, photograph courtesy of the Holcim Foundation
  •  Joseph Osae-Addo’s own modern house in Ghana, designed byJoseph, which combines advanced techniques with traditional African materials (adobe and timber) and methods. Photograph by Tuuli Saarela     
  • Exterior of the Archiafrika Design Gallery, Accra, Ghana. Photograph by ArchiAfrika Accra
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