Mae-ling Lokko

Assistant Professor Adjunct

Mae-ling Lokko is an architectural scientist, designer and educator from Ghana and the Philippines whose work centers on the upcycling of agrowaste and biopolymer materials. 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. Her research integrates a broad range of technical, environmental, social and cultural criteria that questions contemporary material-value systems, codevelops business models for upcycling between the Global North and South and evolves material design criteria to meet generative justice goals. Lokko was the Director for the Building Sciences Program and Assistant Professor at Rensselaer’s School of Architecture from 2018-2021. She teaches studios and seminars on energy and ecology in relation to the built environment, upcycling and material life cycle design both at the Rensselaer’s SoA and at the Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology in Industry City, Brooklyn.

Lokko is the founder of Willow Technologies, Ltd. based in Accra, Ghana focused on the development of integrated material life cycle design within the food, agriculture and building sector. 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 have been exhibited globally at Sonsbeek 20-24 Biennial, Netherlands (2021), Angewandte Innovation Lab (2021),  Triennale Milano (2020), Somerset House (2020), Serpentine Gallery, London (2019), Radialsystem, Berlin (2019), Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (2019), Luma Foundation, Arles (2019), 4th Istanbul Design Biennial (2018), Rhode Island School of Design (2018), and at the Royal Institute of British Architects-North as part of the Liverpool Biennial 2018. 

Lokko's CV is available here

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