Working internationally : Nigeria and Ghana
Tuesday 3rd February, 2015 | 8am-9.30am
In the first Sto/archiboo talk on working internationally architect Elsie Owusu shares her experience of working in Ghana and Nigeria.
For British architects and construction professionals they offer interesting and complimentary opportunities. As well as being classified as “middle-income” countries with growing economies, they share a youthful entrepreneurism and the feeling that anything is possible. British architects and construction professionals are also admired and highly respected, and English widely spoken.
Other potential benefits include: Nigeria is the most populous country in Sub-Saharan Africa while Ghana is considered safe; they both have relatively short flight times from the UK and a shared time zone on Greenwich Meridian.
Elsie is joined by Ben Agyekum, a director at AECOM, who has 20 years experience of delivering projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Together they will cover the challenges of working in each country, including fee negotiations, getting paid and repatriating profits; potential growth sectors; ways to make your mark and the role of the architect as visionary leader: working with consultants; investment banks and funds, and the importance of networks.
Elsie Owusu is a partner at Feilden+Mawson (F+M) and principal of her own practice Elsie Owusu Architects (EOA) .
She is a former board member of Arts Council England and the National Trust.
For F+M, she was lead architect for interiors on the UK Supreme Court and lead masterplanner for Green Park Station, London.
EOA has wide-ranging expertise on urban planning, transport and infrastructure and climate change, completing designs for public transport systems in Lagos,Nigeria and Accra, Ghana . Many of the projects are promoted by JustGhana Ltd, a UK company of which Owusu is a director.
Ben Agyekum is currently a Director at AECOM, a $20-billion global provider of professional technical and management support services. In the course of his career he has been involved in business development and providing professional services in Sub-Saharan Africa using excellent networks with international and local knowledge. He holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management (UK) and is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor by profession.