Abdul-Rauf Issahaque (M.Arch) is a Ghanaian architectural designer and researcher practicing between Accra, Ghana and Vienna, Austria. Born in Wa, Ghana, in 1992, Abdul-Rauf trained as an architect at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, graduating with distinction in his master’s thesis in 2018.
His approach to design is inspired by how space interacts with its immediate surrounding, taking into account presented opportunities without compromising the importance of nature. His search for clarity in design and ambition for environmental sustainability reflects in his design approach which emphasizes the elegance in simplicity and the authentic aesthetics in pure materiality.
Abdul-Rauf’s interest in urban research focuses on a critical approach to the multi-faceted complexities between the socio-cultural and environmental qualities of urban areas. In 2018 he joined the Applied Foreign Affairs lab of the University of Applied Arts – Vienna as a research participant and currently co-teaches the lab as a guest lecturer between Austria and Ghana. He also worked as a curator for the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board in 2021-2022 and continues to develop his practice in urbanism, heritage conservation and restoration.