The Twentieth Century Society

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Autumn Lecture Series: Mid-Century Modern 5 - West Africa Builds

Autumn Lecture Series: Mid-Century Modern 5 - West Africa Builds

Thursday 18 November 2021 6.30pm Online

Ola Uduku, will talk about West Africa Builds ...mid-century modernism in Africa.  The work of London-based practices in Ghana and Nigeria specializing in schools and colleges, gave way to the growth of locally nurtured talent.

Her book, Learning Spaces in Africa: Critical Histories to 21st Century Challenges and Change (2020) traces the development of school building design, focusing on Western and Southern Africa, from its emergence in the 19th century to the present day.

Professor Ola Uduku is a leading historian of West Africa’s Mid-Century architecture and she is incoming Head of School and Chair in Architecture at the University of Liverpool.

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The Twentieth Century Society is a registered charity, no 1110244


Above: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Old Library, Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana. James Cubitt, 1952. Photograph: Dr Ola Uduku.


The Twentieth Century Society is an IHBC (Institute of Historic Building conservation) recognised CPD provider.



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