Understanding Statehood through Architecture: a comparative study of Africa’s state buildings

  • Gallagher, Julia (PI)

Project: Research

Project Details


The five year project sets out to understand how African states work and what they mean to citizens. It does so by looking at state buildings, such as parliaments, ministries, courts, police stations and presidential headquarters in seven African countries – South Africa, Tanzania, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea Bissau. The project will involve a team of five researchers who will use photography, archival and ethnographic methods to explore the meaning of state buildings.

The project was awarded a grant of €1,870,664 by the European Research Council.
Short titleAfrican State Architecture
Effective start/end date1/09/1831/08/23