DK Osseo-Asare

DK Osseo-Asare

He // Him // His

[ID: A frontal-side view of a man with light-brown skin, a speckled goatee, and curly black hair that has been cut short at the sides resembling a mohawk.]

Portrait photo courtesy of Penn State College of Arts and Architecture.

Design Scientist
State College, PA
2024 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

DK Osseo-Asare is a Ghanaian-American polymath who collaborates with communities to craft material assemblies tuned for ecosocial resilience. Osseo-Asare is co-founding Principal of Low Design Office (LowDO) based in Austin and Tema, Ghana. He is a registered civil engineer with the Ghanaian Institution of Engineering. LowDO have been profiled as emerging architects in The Architectural Review (2018), were featured in ARCHITECT’s Next Progressives, were MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program finalists (2019), were named one of Domus’ 50 Best Architecture Firms (2020), and received and Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York (2021). Osseo-Asare has led participatory architecture, landscape, and urban design–build projects along the Guinea Coast from the Anam City eco-town in Anambra State, Nigeria to Berekuso Hill Station and Koumbi City in Ghana. He was architect of Ghana’s second pavilion at the 2022 Venice Biennale, which was redeployed as the installation Enviromolecular at the 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale: The Laboratory of the Future. Osseo-Asare co-initiated the Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform (AMP) project, which won the Rockefeller Foundation’s Centennial Innovation Challenge (2013), the Design Corps’ SEED Award for Public Interest Design (2017), and Le Monde Cities Urban Innovation Award – Citizen Engagement Prize (2020). AMP spacecraft is an open design and manufacturing framework that utilizes quantum design for reassembly and modular prefabricated components to reformat autochthonous kiosk culture as synergetic matrix for material coordination across space-time. Osseo-Asare is Associate Professor of Architecture and Engineering Design at Penn State University, where he directs the Humanitarian Materials Lab. He received MArch and AB in Engineering Design degrees from Harvard University.
  • Artwork by DK Osseo-Asare
    Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform (AMP), Spacecraft_ZKM, 2018. By DK Osseo-Asare and Yasmine Abbas. Installation view of AMP spacecraft. Commissioned by ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. Photo by Tobias Wootton.
    [ID: An installation shot of a scaffolding-like structure made of exposed metal beams and wooden flooring. The structure resembles a pergola with two awnings fanning out like outstretched arms. On and around the structure are small, round wooden stools. Behind the structure is a projected image of itself erected in an arid landscape.]
  • Artwork by DK Osseo-Asare
    Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform (AMP), Un Lieu Utile, 2021. By DK Osseo-Asare and Yasmine Abbas. Installation view of two bambot: fufuzela. Commissioned by Université des Futurs Africains, Projet du QG Nantes, Afrotopia, dans le cadre de la Saison Africa2020. Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, France. Photo by David Gallard.
    [ID: Two massive wooden frames covered in green and pink neon netting are displayed in a dark gallery space. The shapes of the frames are abstract geometric polygons.]
Artwork by DK Osseo-Asare Artwork by DK Osseo-Asare