Joe Osae-Addo

Principal, Constructs; Chairman, ArchiAfrika

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    Joe Osae-Addo, Principal, Constructs, Ghana/USA at the 5th International Holcim Forum on “Infrastructure Space” held April 2016 in Detroit, USA.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Middle East Africa prize handover ceremony, Nairobi

    Introducing the Holcim Awards competition: Joe Addo, Member of the Awards jury Middle East Africa 2017 and Principal of Constructs, Ghana/USA.

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    Joe Osae-Addo, Ghana

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    Joe Addo, Principal of Constructs LLC, Ghana/USA and member of the Holcim Awards jury for region Africa Middle East 2011 – presentation of the “Next Generation” prizes.

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    Media conference and prize-handover reception in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (l-r): Rolf Soiron, Diébédo Francis Kéré and Joe Osae-Addo.

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    The Holcim Awards Ambassadors met in Lausanne, Switzerland in October 2012 (l-r): Fernando Diez (Argentina), Benjamin Hossbach (Germany), Reed Kroloff (USA), Dirk Hebel (Germany), Sarah Graham (USA), Joe Osae-Addo (Ghana) and Erwin Viray (Japan).

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    The Holcim Awards jury for region Africa Middle East met in Casablanca, Morocco in June 2011 to select projects using the “target issues” for sustainable construction (l-r): Javier de Benito, Hashim Sarkis (Head of Jury), Joe Osae-Addo, Abderrafih Lahbabi, Amer Moustafa, Hans-Rudolf Schalcher, Mphethi Morojele, Chrisna du Plessis and Holger Wallbaum.

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    Joe Addo - Head of regional Jury for Africa Middle East

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    Speakers at the Holcim Awards 2008 Africa Middle East media conference: (l-r) Edward Schwarz, Abdeljalil El Hassani, Joe Osae-Addo, Rolf Soiron.

Joe Osae-Addo, Principal of the architecture practice Constructs, with offices in Accra and Tamale, Ghana, and in Washington DC and Los Angeles, USA and was a member of the Holcim Awards jury for Middle East Africa in 2017.

Last updated: August 25, 2021 Accra, Ghana

The firm synergizes architecture, urban planning, landscaping, and building technology into a single unit geared towards bringing modern architecture and building techniques to create ‘inno-native’ design solutions to contemporary African architecture. ‘Inno-native’ is the condition where solutions are developed smartly and 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 a more public intervention in South Los Angeles, where several projects are under construction aimed 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 studied architecture at the Architectural Association (AA) in London (1980-86). He has worked for architectural firms in Finland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

He is Chairman of ArchiAfrika, a platform that initiates and facilitates research and projects on the terrain of African architecture and architecture in Africa.

Joe Osae-Addo was a member of the Awards jury for Middle East Africa in 2008, 2011 and 2017.