Mariam Issoufou Kamara

Mariam is a Nigerien architect. She obtained her Masters in Architecture from the University of Washington. She founded architecture and research firm, atelier masōmī, in 2014. The firm tackles a wide variety of public, cultural, residential, commercial and urban design projects. In 2022, she was appointed professor of Architecture Heritage and Sustainability at ETH Zurich.

Born in St Etienne, France in April 1979, her family moved back to Niger when she was a few months old, which has led to her being greatly influenced by her Nigerien heritage. Her work is guided by the belief that architects have an important role to play in thinking spaces that have the power to elevate, dignify, and provide a better quality of life. Through her practice, Mariam aims to discover innovative ways of doing so, while maintaining an intimate dialog between architecture, people, and context.

Source: “People —.” n.d. Atelier Masomi. Accessed March 6, 2023. Archived at:, archived at

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