Kuukuwa Manful has been awarded a grant by the British Library Endangered Archives Programme for a project entitled ‘Building Early Accra: Preserving Historical Building Permits in Ghana’. It seeks to digitise extremely at risk and vulnerable architectural and planning records in Accra, Ghana and to make digital versions of the material accessible in perpetuity for current and future scholars.
Kuukuwa will be working on this project from October 2019 alongside fieldwork for her PhD on ‘The Architecture of Education in Ghana’.
Kuukuwa is an architect from Ghana with interests in African architectural history and social architecture.
In addition to a Master of Architecture from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, she has an MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford, UK.
Her previous research explored the positioning of Ghanaian architects in the modernist movement, the concept of Asante architectural identity towards the design of urban buildings in Kumasi and social acceptance of earth building in urban areas.
She curates Adansisem, an architecture collective that researches and documents Ghanaian architecture theory, research and practice and has recently been awarded a British Library Endangered Archives Grant which she will use to digitise an architectural archive in Accra.
Kuukuwa’s research project examines African nation-building through architecture.
She focuses on citizens’ perceptions of their states as a result of state architecture projects and the effects of these projects on the development of architectural professions in Ghana, Tanzania and Senegal.
She is interested in African architectural history, heritage, identity, and social architecture in African contexts.