29 November - 1 December
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
A Master in Architecture graduate from YALE University, Issa Diabaté is the Managing Director of the Koffi & Diabaté Architectes office (founded in 2001 with Guillaume Koffi) and co-founder of Koffi & Diabaté Group (Specialized in Architecture, Real Estate Development and Construction). Previous architecture internships include: Goly Kouassi, Devrouax and Purnell and Jean Nouvel et Cattani, SAU Guillaume Koffi. Very much involved on the topic of African urban issues, over the years, Issa Diabaté has participated in a number of local change-geared initiatives, addressing context-oriented problems (through projects and the mentoring of young architects, namely). As an architect practicing on the continent, he aims to shed light on both the issues at hand and on those creative solutions required to build (now) the African City of Tomorrow. A Member of Côte d’Ivoire’s Order of Architects with whom he initiated Côte d’Ivoire’s first Architecture and Building Fair, ARCHIBAT in 2007, Issa Diabaté also evolves in the design world and is a laureate of Senegal’s DAK’ART Contemporary Art Biennale (1998). In 2019, he collaborated with the Swedish group IKEA for their first collection by African designers : “OVERALLT”.