Contributor: Danielle Mileo

Danielle is an Amsterdam-based artist and exhibition designer with a passion for the presentation and preservation of art and artefacts. Trained in both sculpture and architecture, she is committed to using architectural design as a means through which to communicate the cultural, historic and social importance of art objects, ideas and artefacts. In her spare time, she practices the delicate Japanese art of kintsugi.

Lesley Lokko: Decolonising Architecture

Just over 2000 years ago, Pliny the Elder uttered: “Ex Africa semper aliquid novi” (“Out of Africa there is always something new”). No-one is perhaps better equipped to discuss this idea than Professor Lesley Lokko. Currently Head of the Graduate School of Architecture (GSA) at the University of Johannesburg, Lesley’s perspective is at once critical and confident, exuding the optimism found in the latent potential of her students, yet acutely aware of the varied challenges they face beyond the safe space of her classrooms. Danielle Mileo caught up with Lesley after her lecture ‘What Pliny Said’ at the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam late last year, to discuss the challenges around decolonisation and pedagogy in architectural education on the African continent.