Architects, designers and consultants from all over the world have responded to our Playtime in Africa Initiative. Zoom in on the map to see who has supported us from outside Ghana, and scroll down to find out about the participants of our design charrette in Accra.
If you’re interested in contributing, download our Call for Participation document.
Charrette and Public Conversation Participants
The list of attendees is also available on a spreadsheet for ease of reference.
|Mmofra Foundation board members|
|Sutherland & Sutherland Architects
Principals at Sutherland & Sutherland Architects are Ralph Sutherland and Chris Sutherland. Ralph, also an award-winning illustrator, will be the project lead and the firm will generously provide overall support through its office and staff.
|Akosua Obuo Addo
Associate professor of music education at University of Minnesota. Research interests include international education, collaborative and comparative research on music play.
|Joe Osae Addo
CEO of Constructs LLC. Joe Osae-Addo has worked in Finland, the UK and the USA, and is a founding partner of the A+D Museum in Los Angeles. He takes an ‘inno-native’ approach to design, reflected in his own home in Accra.
Designer and philanthropist. Managing director of Ecila International Ltd.
Horticulturist and art collector. Florence Benson is a former civil servant with a passion for orchids and an extensive collection of modern and traditional African art.
|Adeline Ama Buabeng
Renowned actress, storyteller, cultural expert and performer in the Ghanaian popular theater tradition. A regular facilitator at Language Club sessions, ‘Auntie Ama’ is an invaluable member of the Mmofra Foundation support team.
English professor at KNUST, author, and childhood education specialist. She has conducted research in the Mmofra Foundation Archive Center’s Efua Sutherland Papers, sits on the International Organizing Committee of the World Forum Foundation, and owns D&D Kiddie Kare in Kumasi.
Lecturer at the Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy. Aksoua Darkwah holds a B.A in Psychology and Sociology and a doctorate degree in sociology.
South African author and Accra resident who has lived in Ghana for over 40 years. His novel, Ama, A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade, won the 2002 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Best First Book.
Stephen represents the Dzorwulu Neighbourhood Association, an organisation dedicated to the community around the Playtime in Africa project site
CEO of agro-business Eden Tree Ltd, a wholesaler for high-end fruit, vegetables, oils and herbs. Established in 1997, the company also operates a restaurant on Accra’s Spintex Road.
|Stacey L. McMahan
Principal and Green Studio Director at Koch Hazard Architects. With over 20 years’ experience, she is an expert in sustainable design and building practices.
Macro-economist with the African Development Bank. Eline Okudzeto is an active member of the community around the Playtime in Africa Initiative’s site.
Artist and cultural activist. Larry Otoo worked with Mmofra founder Efua Sutherland at the Ghana National Commission on Culture. He exhibited with Mmofra Foundation in 2000.
Design fellow at Architecture for Humanity. Kenneth Smith works in communications, marketing and public policy, and trained as a landscape architect. He teaches an independent study course in social architecture at the University of California.
|Saneta de Vuono Powell
Attorney and city planning student at Berkeley. Saneta de Vuono Powell is a research associate at Human Impact Partners, a consultancy specialising in the health implications of public design and construction projects.
CEO of eco-commerce business Pine Springs Ltd. Pine Springs consulted on the Kakum National Park visitors centre, and is involved in redeveloping and managing Legon Botanical Gardens.
We are grateful for ongoing support, publicity and input from:
- Jerry Allan
President and founder of Criteria Architects. An architect, educator and consultant, Jerry has been a mentor and friend to Playtime in Africa.
- Iduol Beny
Iduol is developing the Children’s Pavilion, a similar project to Playtime in Africa, in Juba, South Sudan
- Chris Berthelsen
We took inspiration from Chris’s wonderful study of the child-scale city in Tokyo.
- Kofi Boone
A professor of Landscape Architecture at North Carolina State University, Kofi helped with early brainstorming and hopes to lead a student team to work on the project on site.
- Abiko Bremer
Abiko is one of Mmofra’s support team members. She has helped to find playground models in Germany.
- Sarah Brophy
A Green Museum expert, Sarah encouraged us to look at green building ideas.
- Lila Cohen
Arizona architect and tiny house builder Lila heard about Playtime in Africa by chance on a plane, and became a supporter
- Zamin Dharsi
A freelance designer working from Dubai UAE, Zamin has been a facilitator for the Playtime in Africa – MCAD partnership.
- Nse Umoh Esema
Nse Umoh Esema has a master in city Planning from MIT, and is passionate about public space in African cities. She has helped us with research and proposal writing on mapping.
- Peter Exley
Peter is a designer of childrens spaces who exchanged ideas with us and introduced us to folks at Architecture for Humanity in San Francisco.
- Friends of Mmofra
A Spokane-based child-centered nonprofit partner that is supporting the playground initiative and the Willis Bell Archive.
- Alex Gillam
Alex is a youth design advocate. He gave us great insights on involving young people in the reimagining of their cities.
- Kevin Hoffman
Kevin, of Spokane-based LH Construction, has researched and advised on sustainable construction methods and hopes to be in on the build.
- Flavio Janches
Flavio shared with us his report about designing playgrounds in the slums of Buenos Aires.
- Rodrigo Jiminez
Originally from Mexico City, Rodrigo is a landscape architecture student at Washington State University. He used the idea of Playtime in Africa as a model for his senior project.
- Kelly Lerner
A sustainable design architect and principal at One World Design, Kelly explained to us what a charrette was, and how to organize one.
- Nathan Midgley
Nathan is a writer and web editor. He has helped produce online material on Playtime in Africa supporters, and contributed to the project’s Pinterest walls.
- Trevor Park
As president of the Art Club at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, USA. Trevor organized a fundraiser for the project.
- Joe Peach
Joe is the Editor in Chief of ThisBigCity, a blog about urbanism which carried the first article about the Playtime in Africa project to a global audience.
- Rachel Phillips
Rachel is a consultant strategic planner, graphic designer and key team member of the Playtime in Africa Initiative.
- Alex Smith
Alex wrote extensively and generously about Playtime in Africa and its inspiration on his PlayGroundology blog.
- Shoko Takemoto
Shoko is a city planner currently working with UNDP in Accra. She has helped us network and shared research, as well as feeding in her experience of helping to rehabilitate children in Japan after the tsunami of 2004.
- Mark Root Wiley
Based in Seattle, Mark is the Mmofra Foundation web designer and problem solver, and a champion of Mmofra projects.