Reframing culture and identity begins with context and perspective. For London-based architecture practice Studio NYALI, this act of reframing is at the heart of contemporary design. Founded by Nana Biamah-Ofosu and Bushra Mohamed, their work aims to center peripheral identities, cultures and people by examining, challenging and shifting architectural critiques and narratives. This critical perspective moves education and practice towards a more inclusive, holistic understanding of the built environment.
As they’ve described, Studio NYALI is focused on identity, shared histories and spaces with a strong belief that architecture must be understood as the embodiment and artifact of human experience. Building off their recognition as one of ArchDaily’s Best New Practices of 2021, the following interview explores the studio’s interest and work, as well as their latest projects and inspirations. It also highlights how this innovative practice is reimagining more inclusive and equitable futures.