Mae-ling Lokko is a designer and architectural scientist from Ghana and the
Philippines whose work centers on the upcycling of agrowaste and biopolymer materials.
Lokko holds a Ph.D. and Masters of
Science in Architectural Science from the Center from Architecture, Science and Ecology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
and B.A from Tufts University. Her research aims to codevelop business models for upcycling between the Global North and South
and evolves material life cycle design criteria to meet generative justice criteria. Currently, she serves as the Director
of the Building Sciences Program and an Assistant Professor at Rensselaer’s School of Architecture. Lokko is the founder of
Willow Technologies Ltd., an integrated life cycle design company, based in Accra, Ghana.
Her work has been nominated for the Visible Award 2019, Royal Academy Dorfman Award 2020 and she was
a finalist for the Hublot Design Prize 2019. Lokko’s recent projects have been exhibited globally at the Somerset House (2020),
Serpentine Gallery, London (2019), Radialsystem, Berlin (2019), Luma Foundation, Arles (2019), 4th Istanbul Design Biennial
(2018), Rhode Island School of Design (2018), Royal Institute of British Architects-North as part of the Liverpool Biennial
2018 and at the Mmofra Foundation, Accra (2017-present).
Mae-ling Lokko’s work is part of the exhibition
"Ecologies and Politics of the Living“, by the University of Applied Arts Vienna, curated by Baerbel
Mueller, Elisabeth Falkensteiner, and Ibrahim Mahama at the AIL, Angewandte Innovation Lab, Postsparkasse, Georg-Coch-Platz
2, 1010 Vienna
Open until October 3, 2021
IoA Sliver Lecture Series summer term 2021:
Elizabeth Diller (New York/USA)
June 29 , 4pm