African Diaspora


The Pavilion of the African Diaspora (PoAD) was born from the need for a space on the global stage centred on the voices and contributions of people born of the African Diaspora.

A collective who have been dispersed to countries far and wide, some by choice and others by force. Comprised of an architectural folly inspired by the mythology of the conch and cowrie shells emerging from the sand, the PoAD, designed by renowned luxury product designer Ini Archibong, is a sacred reimagining of the journey of African permanence and resources.  

The PoAD will serve as an innovative multi-use educational and event facility, and as a sanctuary to tell stories and create a reality where voices are recognised and respected for the diversity of their timbre. The structural folly of the PoAD is a symbolic gateway to the past, present, and future in the exploration of Reparations + Representations = Repair & Resonance to energise our sail and carry us on our continued journey onward.

The Pavilion of the African Diaspora is the debut initiative of the Archibong Heritage Foundation. PoAD is made possible through the support of partners Logitech and Knoll.

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Ini Archibong

Managing Partner

Tamara N. Houston

High Council

Robert Battle, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Marc Benda, Friedman Benda; Bracken Darrell, Logitech; Robert C. Davidson, RC Davidson; Dame Vivian Hunt DBE, McKinsey; Ambassador Michael A. and Mattie Lawson, (Ret., U.S.A); Ambassador Jacques and Angèlique Pitteloud, Switzerland; Franklin Sirmans, Perez Art Museum Miami; Sarah Schleuning, Dallas Museum of Art; Monetta White, Museum of the African Diaspora San Francisco and Zoe Whitley, Chisenhale Gallery

Architectural Team

Zena Howard, Kenneth Luker & Malcolm Davis: Perkins & Will; Florian Kosche & Rebekah Schaberg, DIFK; Frank Ackermann & Ines Löeffler, Ackermann GmbH

Design Team

L.M.N.O (Founded by Ini Archibong): Ebony Lerandy, Jori Brown, & Maxwell Engelmann

Management Team

Asia Gamble, ICON MANN; Henya Mekki, PoAD Programming

2021 Exhibitors