Orkid Studio – Nairobi – Episode 28

On the programme this week we speak to James Mitchell and Carolina Larrazabal from Orkid Studio in Nairobi.

This week’s episode was recorded in Nairobi as part of a series of programmes we’re bringing you from East Africa to explore identity and architecture. Identity is the theme of this year’s LFA.

Orkid Studio was founded in 2008 by James Mitchel and Julissa Kiyenje in Cardiff where the pair studied. James was just 19 at the time. Their aim was to establish a practice interested in providing architectural services to a wider section of society.

Much of their early work was conducted during holidays and time away from study and teaching – where James taught at the Mackintosh School of Architecture. The practice made the decision relocated the practice from Glasgow to Nairobi in 2016 . The practice has gone on to win much praise from across the profession.

We joined James and Carolina on the terrace of their studio in Nairobi earlier on this year, where I started by asking about their move to Nairobi