Mae-ling Lokko

Mae-ling Lokko, Window, CASE Chale Wote Upcycling Pavilion, 2016. Photo: Elaine Zhang

Mae-ling Lokko, Window, CASE Chale Wote Upcycling Pavilion, 2016. Photo: Elaine Zhang

Mae-ling Lokko (b. 1987, Taif, Saudi Arabia) lives between Accra and New York. Trained as an architectural historian and material technologist, Lokko is an assistant professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, USA whose work centers on the upcycling of agro-waste and biopolymer materials into 'high' performance building material systems. Inspired by emerging multidisciplinary research on next generation bio-composite green materials as well as Ghanaian contemporary art waste upcycling, Lokko’s work often integrates a broad range of technical, environmental, political and cultural criteria that questions contemporary material-value systems and evolves material upcycling criteria.

Recent exhibitions include ANO Institute of Contemporary Arts, Accra, Ghana (2017); Mmofra Foundation Climate Change Exhibition, Accra, Ghana (2017); Chale Wote Festival Accra, Ghana (2016); Rotch Golden Cube, Troy, USA (2016); and Advanced Energy Conference, New York, USA (2016).