Updated May 24, 2019

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Sociarchi is an architectural collective that uses research-based, community-participation approaches to design in order to solve environmental and social problems.


Kuukuwa Manful

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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

Sociarchi has been operating since 2016, and we have successfully delivered projects including a reading shed for students in a deprived community in Accra. We have trained our first cohort of non-formally trained builders in basic architectural education, and successfull run data-gathering research projects on architecture and urbanism needs in Accra, Ghana
Our next stage involves expand our capacity, reach and impact.

Registered as a Non-Profit in Ghana.

Focus Areas:

Architecture, Design, Construction, Human Centered Design, Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance and 2 MoreSEE ALL

Architecture, Design, Construction, Human Centered Design, Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, Non-formal Education (OOS/ALP) and SanitationSEE LESS

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Making Good Architecture Accessible to the Vulnerable
The people who often need it the most have to access to decent, well-designed buildings and spaces. High costs, lack of planning and lack of access to professional services leave the most vulnerable in our society in the lurch.

Affordable Architecture and Design
Many Ghanaians have no access to affordable basic architectural services. Building is done by masons and builders who have (informal) training in construction, but nothing with regards to design.



Sociarchi (from social architecture) uses research-based, community-participation approaches to design to solve building problems in Ghana. Weuse affordableandsustainable materialsandtechnologiestodeliver well-designed projects atlow-cost.

We provide services for the vulnerable and for people who cannot ordinarily afford the high costs of good architectural design services.

Target Beneficiaries

Our beneficiaries are poor and vulnerable members of Ghanaian society. The are people who cannot access or afford architectural services. They range from students in deprived schools, to people with disabilities, small-scale enterpreneurs, small non-profits and social enterprises.

Mission and Vision

Our dream is to drive change in our communities through good design, and to make architectural services easily accessible to as many people as possible.

Innovation Description

We fund our projects through a combination of sources - with profits from our for-profit architectural practice, in addition to funds raised through charitable donations and in-kind contributions such as materials and expertise.

Tailored ProjectApproaches
We approach our projects in a number of ways - for clients who have no financial power at all, we fundraise to provide affordable solutions which benefit as many people as possible. Our projects in Nkwantanang ( https://kuukuwa.wordpress.com/2013/12/05/we-built-a-playground/) and Omanjor (https://sociarchitecture.com/2017/02/09/one-year-later-the-omanjor-reading-project/) are examples of this approach.
For clients (usually social enterprises and small non-profits) who have some money, but not enough to afford mainstream architects we provide services at reduced rates and in exchange for in-kind payment. One of our current projects - a tie and dye facility - will provide a number of scholarships to underprivileged students as "payment" for our services.

Building design knowledge is important for incorporating things like proper ventilation and appropriate building orientation in construction to prevent diseases like malaria, and to improve quality of life. Thus, we provide design literacy training for informally trained builders and masons (who most lower-classed Ghanaians use anyway) to improve the quality of building they construct for their clients.

Competitive Advantage

Our focus on relevance and community-participation means that we never enter a community uninvited, and we never impose design solutions on our clients. Our projects are truly community-driven which has helped in ensuring community participation in construction and in safeguarding the project after completion.

Our emphasis on sharing, training and imparting design literacy in the communities we work also sets us apart. We make our architectural knowledge and expertise freely accessible to those who need it.

Planned Goals and Milestones

We are working on providing hygienic solutions for food vendor stalls in Accra.
Funding Goal200,000
New Implemented CountriesGhana
Recruit1 Project Manager, 20 interns
New FeatureHygienic and sustainably-constructed food vendor kiosks


Sep 2016
Lives Impacted
Nov 2015
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Sep 2015
New Country Implemented In
Sep 2015