Laida Memba Ikuga

Laida Memba studied architecture at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia-Upc (2003) and has a master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois in Chicago (2007). She is a PhD student in the Department of Theory and History of Architecture at the Barcelona School of Architecture-Etsab, where she is writing her doctoral thesis on the relation between lived space and contemporary socio-cultural practices in the city of Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. Laida lives in Equatorial Guinea and works as an architect in projects of corporate social responsibility. Since 2010, she has been director of the project “Developing the architectural and urban heritage of Equatorial Guinea”, with the support of the Equatoguinean Ministry of Culture and the Agencia Española de Cooperación para el Desarrollo (Aecid). Laida forms part of Gamuc, a research group centring on architecture and urban design in former Spanish colonies in Africa. She taught at La Salle School of Architecture of Ramon Llull University in Barcelona (2003-2011), developing international cooperation projects, and at Elisava Design School in Barcelona (2007-2011).