Architect and anthropologist by training, Sénamé Koffi Agbodjinou advocates a neovernacular concept that he concretely translates as an innovator, designer and entrepreneur at the scale of the product, building and city. He is the founder of L'Africaine d'Architecture, a collaborative platform for research and experimentation on issues of African architecture and cities.
He is also the founder of WoeLabs, a network of Togolese tech-hubs that aim to 'make everyone equal in the face of the digital revolution'. With his community, he contributes to prototyping a Digital Collectivism, which has made it possible to launch half a dozen startups. In his work, he develops alternative visions on the issues of integrated architecture, primitive computationalities, technological democracy and sustainable cities. His work has been acknowledged by amongst others the African Innovation Summit (2014), the Global Fab Award (2014), the Ashoka Foundation (Fellow since 2017) and the African Leadership Award (2018).
Research Group „Design, Diversity and New Commons“: 1 February - 30 April 2023
Research Group „Critical Maker Culture“: June - September 2020
Decolonising design and technology, African Cosmologies as a new paradigm of sustainable design, integrating inndiginous knowledges with new technologies