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Mae-ling Lokko is an 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. 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.

Lokko’s recent projects has exhibited globally at the Somerset House, London (2020), Triennale Milano (2020), Radialsystem, Berlin (2019), Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (2019), Atelier Luma Arles (2019), 4th Istanbul Design Biennial (2018), Rhode Island School of Design (2018), Royal Institute of British Architects-North (2018). Her work has been featured in ICON Magazine, Blueprint, Frieze Magazine, RIBA Journal, DOMUS, DAMN Magazine and other global design publications.