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Lecture: Low Design Office

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Low is No

A virtual lecture from Ryan Bollom & DK Osseo-Asare

Thursday, February 18th, 6:00pm

Stream on: Facebook Live*


Low Design Office (LowDO) is a transatlantic architecture and integrated design practice founded by Ryan Bollom and DK Osseo-Asare, based in Austin, Texas and Tema, Ghana. LowDO bridges design and construction, by collaborating with communities, clients, customer-users, and co-creators to craft impactful buildings, landscapes, cities, products, systems, and digital tools with low carbon energetics and environmental impact, bringing life into balance for people and place. Humans and ecologies perform best at low stress levels, and LowDO offers spaces for their well-being, optimizing efficiency with harmony to maximize the power of the built environment. 


In Texas, LowDO has designed and built a range of houses and homesteads that respond to the architectural accretion and environmental constraints of Hill Country. In West Africa, LowDO has led tactical urban, landscape, and architectural designs of the Anam City and Koumbi City new town projects. With Paris-based strategic design consultancy Panurban (Yasmine Abbas), LowDO has co-initiated and led the pan-African open-source maker technology project, Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform (AMP) since 2012. AMP is a global winner of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Centennial Innovation Challenge, along with Design Corps’ SEED Award for Public Interest Design, Africa4Tech Digital Champion in Education Technology, Urban Innovation Award for Smart Cities/Citizen Engagement, Le Monde Cities (Paris, France). LowDO has been a finalist for the Museum of Modern Art's 2019 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, and additionally featured in DOMUS as one of the “50 Best Emerging Architecture Practices in the World” (March 2020), ARCHITECT Magazine’s "Next Progressives" (September 2019), and as emerging architect in Architectural Review (January 2018). 


Lecture made possible by the Jean Labatut Memorial Lectures in Architecture and Urban Planning Fund. The School of Architecture, Princeton University, is registered with the AIA Continuing Education (AIA/CE) and is committed to developing quality learning activities in accordance with the AIA/CE criteria. Members of the AIA can log credits for this event by completing this form.


The lecture recording will be available on the SoA Vimeo channel following the event.


*SoA community will receive a separate Zoom registration link.