Participants

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.
Voice in the Forest - cover
Akosua Obuo Addo
Associate professor of music education at University of Minnesota. Research interests include international education, collaborative and comparative research on music play.
Akosua Addo profile - University of Minnesota
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.
Constructs LLC logo
Irene Akufo-Addo
Designer and philanthropist. Managing director of Ecila International Ltd.
Mmofra Foundation logo
Florence Benson
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.
Mmofra Foundation logo
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.
Core Volunteer Ama Buabeng Presenting at Mmofra Language Club
Fredericka Dadson
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.
D&D Kiddie Kare homepage
Akosua Darkwah
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.
Dr Akosua Darkwah
Manu Herbstein
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.
Ama, A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade
Stephen Kpabitey
Stephen represents the Dzorwulu Neighbourhood Association, an organisation dedicated to the community around the Playtime in Africa project site
Mmofra Foundation logo
Catherine Krobo-Edusei
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.
Eden Tree homepage
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.
Stacey McMahan profile on Koch Hazard
Eline Okudzeto
Macro-economist with the African Development Bank. Eline Okudzeto is an active member of the community around the Playtime in Africa Initiative’s site.
African Development Bank Group homepage
Larry Otoo
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.
Larry Otoo gallery page
Kenneth Smith
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.
Architecture for Humanity homepage
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.
Human Impact Partners website
Kofi Yiadom-Boakye
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.
Pine Springs Limited homepage

Project supporters

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.

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