Nzinga Biegueng Mboup Senegal

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Nzinga Biegueng Mboup is a Dakar-based Senegalese architect and mentor of the Prince Claus Building Beyond Mentorship. She studied at the University of Pretoria and worked for two years in Johannesburg. She then continued with a Masters in Architecture at the University of Westminster in London and subsequentely worked for three years at Adjaye Associates, predominantly on the IFC headquarters in Dakar. In 2019, she co-founded Worofila an architectural practice specialized in bioclimatic design and construction using earth and biomaterials sourced locally. The aim of Worofila is to promote an architecture that is durable and in harmony with the climate. Worofila has realised various earth projects such as the Sendou home, the Ngor house and the Goethe-Institut in collaboration with Kéré Architecture.

In addition to her architectural practice, Nzinga has been a researcher for the African Futures Institute since 2022 and has co-authored two research projects. The first one called Dakarmorphose started in 2017 in collaboration with Carole Diop, is an ongoing research project on the evolution of Lebu villages and the urban and cultural heritage of the city of Dakar. Dakarmorphose was exhibited at the Dakar Art Biennale of 2018 and 2022 and has informed various papers and conferences. The second research project called Habiter Dakar, started in 2019 in collaboration with Caroline Geffriaud and the Goethe-Institut Dakar, focusing on the evolution and problematics of housing in Dakar.