Issi Nanabeyin is an artist trained in Architecture, based in London. Issi's work questions cultural separation through architectural re-imagination. His work dwells on the narrative of hybridity and the diasporic; tracing these narratives from the field of cultural studies across race and into the territory of architecture. Beyond cultural binaries, his work builds 'Black' British identities into disobedient (digital) forms, visuals, text and spatial design. Issi develops architectural objects, drawings and text breaching the boundaries of contemporary discourse. Lost to interpretation, his work asks to be misinterpreted, to fabricate questioning and provoke discovery of new readings that unsettle ‘normal’ cultural and racial binaries, always with the aim of trying to build conversation between difference. 


2022 • Winner of the Crossroads Pize for the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2021, Seoul, Korea.

2020 • The Bartlett Architecture Medal

2015 • Narinder Sagoo Drawing Prize

Selected Exhibitions and Publications

2022 • Artist Selected for RA Summer Exhbition

2022 • International Solo Exhbition curated by Artlee at Galeries du Petit Atelier, Bordeaux, France.

2021 • Artist Selected for the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2021 , Exhibition, Seoul, Korea . 

2021 •  wallpaper* magazine January Issue 2021 Wallpaper* Graduate Directory

2021 • Unsettling Binaries: Architecture and Re-imagining a Racial-cultural Hybrid Spacein Britain, Isaac Nanabeyin Simpson.  

2020 • ‘Not only, but also’ Exhibition. Betts Project Gallery, London, UK. https://www.bettsproject.com/noba-works

2020 • Dezeen. Bartlett School of Architecture spotlights 10 standout students projects. Lizzie Crook. An Architecture between Cultures by Isaac Simpson. 2020. Web.

2020 • Shortlisted for the 2021 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. (Awaiting final announcement )

2020 • The Bartlett Summer Show Book 2020.  ed. London: The Bartlett School of Architecture. 2020. Print

2020 • i-D X ARTSTHREAD . Design Graduate Show 2020. An Architecture between Cultures; The Highland Council. by Isaac Simpson. 2020. Web.


2018-20 • MArch Architecutre (Distinction), The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.

2013-16 • BSc Architecture (First Class Honours), The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.