Incoming Dean Lokko Previews Priorities

Lesley Lokko, a UK-trained, Scottish-Ghanaian architect, academic and best-selling novelist, assumes the role of Dean of the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at The City College of New York on December 2. Shortly before making the move from South Africa, she spoke with Archinect about her professional history within and outside architecture, her insights into the field, and some of her vision for the Spitzer School and its students.

“There’s a brash and beautiful confidence in the students I’ve encountered thus far, which I find inspiring, energizing,” she says in the interview. “If the city is the ‘natural’ home of the built environment professions, being in one of the world’s quintessential urban conglomerations means the potentials for expanding and exploring what we mean by the words ‘architect,’ ‘landscape architect,’ ‘urbanist,’ and ‘designer’ are myriad.”