DK Osseo-Asare

Cofounder & Principal, Penn State University






DK Osseo-Asare is a designer who makes buildings, landscapes, cities, objects and digital tools. He is assistant professor of architecture and engineering design at Penn State University, where he runs the Humanitarian Materials Lab. His research explores material assemblies optimized for massively scalable radical resilience, and integrates synergetics, design innovation, network power, open-source urbanism, digital fabrication and architecture robots.

Osseo-Asare is co-founding principal of Low Design Office (LOWDO), an architecture design/build studio based in Ghana and Texas. He led urban and strategic design for the Koumbi City and Anam City new town projects in Ghana and Nigeria. He is cofounder of Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform (AMP), an open-source maker tech project geared for Africa, winner of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Centennial Innovation Challenge, Design Corps’ 2017 SEED Award for Public Interest Design and exhibited at the 2017 Seoul Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism.

He is a TED Global Fellow, Fulbright Scholar, Africa 4 Tech Digital Champion (EdTech) and presents his work internationally, including the Royal Institute of British Architects, TED Global, Smart City Expo, World Bank CitiSense, AfriDesignX, Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Next Einstein Initiative/African Institute of Mathematical Sciences, MIT, Harvard, Columbia GSAPP and the BBC.

The MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge to become Economic Prosperity Challenge in 2020