Lesley Lokko

Lesley Naa Norle Lokko is a Ghanaian-Scottish architect, academic, and novelist.[1] She says: "I live almost simultaneously in Johannesburg, London, Accra and Edinburgh."[2]

Lesley Lokko
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BornLesley Naa Norle Lokko
Dundee, Scotland
OccupationArchitect, academic, novelist
Alma materUniversity College London[1]

Early life and educationEdit

Lesley Lokko was born in Dundee, the daughter of a Ghanaian surgeon and a Scottish Jewish mother, and grew up in Ghana and Scotland.[3][4] At the age of 17 she went to a private boarding school in England.[5] She began studying Hebrew and Arabic at Oxford University, but left the programme to go to the United States.[4] She graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, with a BSc(Arch) in 1992, and an March in 1995, and went on to earn a PhD in Architecture from the University of London in 2007.[6]


Much of Lokko's writing contains themes about cultural and racial identity.[7] She regularly lectures in South Africa,[4] and has also taught in the United Kingdom and the United States.[1] She also writes regularly for The Architectural Review.[8] She is currently Head of the Graduate School and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Johannesburg.[9][10]

Selected published worksEdit

  • 2000: White Papers, Black Marks: Race, Culture, Architecture[1]
  • 2004: Sundowners[1]
  • 2005: Saffron Skies[1]
  • 2008: Bitter Chocolate[1]
  • 2009: Rich Girl, Poor Girl[11]
  • 2010: One Secret Summer[12]
  • 2011: A Private Affair[1]
  • 2012: An Absolute Deception[1]
  • 2014: Little White Lies[1]

As editorEdit

  • 2000: White Papers, Black Marks: Architecture, Race, Culture[6]


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