African Design Magazine August 2016 - Page 16

Issa diabate Architect Issa Diabaté is the Managing Director of Koffi & Diabaté Architects and co-founder of the Koffi & Diabaté Group based in the Ivory Coast. A member of Côte d’Ivoire’s National Council of the Order of Architects (CNOA), Diabaté has evolved in the design world, with his work recognized at Dakar’s 1998 Contemporary Art Biennale. B ased in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Issa Diabaté works alongside business partner and fellow architect, Guillaume Koffi, in one of the city’s most exclusive practices, Koffi-Diabaté. They have worked on projects in Abidjan, Dakar and Bamako. A Master in Architecture graduate from Yale University, Issa Diabaté is the Managing Director of Koffi & Diabaté Architects and co-founder of the Koffi & Diabaté Group. In the early 90’s, he interned at architecture firms in Côte d’Ivoire (Goly Kouassi), the United States (Dureaux and Purenell) and France (Jean Nouvel et Catani) where he took part in the Cité Judiciaire de Nantes contest. In 1994, he joined SAU Guillaume Koffi as an architect intern and was appointed architectural projects manager a year later, eventually partnering with its founder, Guillaume Koffi, to create Koffi & Diabaté Architects. A Member of Côte d’Ivoire’s Order of Architects, Diabaté’s design work was recognised at Dakar’s 1998 Contemporary Art Biennale. “In countries where industries are less developed, you always have a chance to impact them positively, which is really encouraging for architecture on the continent” – Issa Diabaté, Koffi & Diabaté Group 16 africandesignmagazine.com