Photographer Credit: Issi Nanabeyin 2022 ©


Issi Nanabeyin (b. 1995) is an multidisciplinary designer trained in Architecture, based and raised in East London. Issi's work builds diasporic identities into (digital) forms, visuals, text and spatial interventions. Issi’s practice is a refusal to accept architecture as singular or stagnant. Illustrated by a coming together of his own architectural, ancestral and digital narratives, his practice breaches the binaries of cultural separation to form architectural reimaginations for the contemporary diaspora. His work examines narratives of liminality, migration and hybridity, drawing on the adjacent fields of cultural, critical and race studies and manifesting those narratives into the territory of architecture. Centering his practice on the idea ‘‘How to live out your imagination, not just your History.” Issi is currently a Researcher for the African Futures Institute and a Design Tutor on the BSc Architecture programme at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Issi is a Grant recipient of the Black British Artist Grant and a Artist of the London Creative Network.


instagram:   issi.nanabeyin

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 • Three in the Field, Solo Exhibition at Filet Gallery, London
2022 • RA Summer Exhibition  
2022 • A Memory of Architecture, Group Exhibition curated by Brenna Horrox and David Lisbon
2022 • Elementaire, International Solo Exhbition curated by Artlee at Galeries du Petit Atelier, Bordeaux, France.
2022 • Artist Selected for RA Summer Exhbition

2021 • Warm Vessels in Search at Sunset, Group Exhibition at Harlesden Hign School, Fleet Street
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.
• 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.