A Man of Many Talents: Q&A with Henry Abosi
We chat to Henry Abosi, associate director at dhk Architects, lecturer, writer and founder of BeFront magazine, about the things that matter to him
WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF HOME?
It’s wherever I can gather more than two of my five siblings at the same time. Which could be anywhere on three continents.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
Well, that’s a tricky one. I’m in New York City right now, was based in London earlier this year, and spent a bit of time in Gaborone. Let’s just say it’s been a crazy 2019; I kind of live everywhere and nowhere. But Cape Town for now.
GROWING UP, WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BECOME?
Depends on the phase of childhood. For the most part I dreamt of playing in the NBA; I actually had a shot at trying out for a college team but then I broke my ankle. Oh, well! In my late teens I wanted to become whatever it was that Al Pacino’s character was in Glengarry Glen Ross. Honestly, that character shaped my perception of confidence in many ways.
WHY DID YOU BECOME AN ARCHITECT?
I was spatially creative as a child, rearranging every room in the house and being fascinated by the sun paths in different rooms. However, I chose something different to study and then switched to architecture at the 11th hour, setting off a series of Lemony Snicket events that would culminate in me sitting here writing this today.
WHAT IS YOUR OWN FAVOURITE DESIGN AND WHY?
If I have to choose, it would have to be the Needle Gallery, a 40 m-long galleria that runs through the cultural precinct envisioned for the redevelopment of the old Christiaan Barnard Hospital in Cape Town.
OTHER FORMS OF CREATIVE OUTLETS?
Film! The art of filmmaking influences a lot of my creative output.