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Mae-ling Lokko is an educator, architectural scientist and biomaterials technology researcher from Ghana and the Philippines whose work centers on the upcycling of agrowaste and biopolymer materials. Her research integrates a broad range of criteria that questions contemporary material-value systems to evolve life cycle design to meet generative justice criteria.

Lokko teaches seminars and design studios on energy and ecology in relation to the built environment, upcycling and ecoeffective material life cycle design. She has previously taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture, Director of the Building Sciences Program and faculty at the Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology. She currently teaches at the Cooper Union (Fall 2020) and forthcoming (Fall 2022) will join Yale University’s School of Architecture as an Assistant Professor. 

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.

Lokko is the founder of Willow Technologies, Ltd. based in Accra, Ghana that upcycles agrowaste into affordabl biobased building materials and for water quality treatment applications. Her work was nominated for the Visible Award 2019, Royal Academy Dorfman Award 2020 and she was a finalist for the Hublot Design Prize 2019.

Some of Lokko’s recent projects have been exhibited globally at Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture (2021), Sonsbeek Biennial (2021), Somerset House, London (2020), Triennale Milano (2020), Radialsystem, Berlin (2019),  4th Istanbul Design Biennial (2018), Royal Institute of British Architects-North (2018). Her work has been featured in ICON Magazine, Blueprint, MOLD Magazine, Frieze Magazine, RIBA Journal, DOMUS, DAMN Magazine and other global design publications.