Mariam Issoufou Kamara is a Nigerien architect and the principal of atelier masom, an architectural practice headquartered in Niamey, Niger. Her first major project—Niamey 2000, a housing scheme based on the traditional Nigerien compound house—was completed in 2014. Since then, Kamara has explored the traditional typologies, materials and building techniques of wherever her projects have taken her. These include the Hikma Community Complex, comprising a library and mosque, which won awards for sustainable architecture, and the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential This story is from Kinfolk Issue Fifty Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 48 Cliff Tan Four questions for a feng shui guru. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Peer Review Hadani Ditmars on the disappearing legacy of Rifat Chadirji, Iraq’s most influential architect. Arts & Culture Issue 44 Peer Review: Minnette de Silva Shiromi Pinto introduces Minnette De Silva, the Sri Lankan modernist who inspired her novel. Arts & Culture Issue 41 My Favorite Thing Architect Diébédo Francis Kéré explains the significance of his carved stool. Arts & Culture Issue 40 Olalekan Jeyifous On fantastical architecture and sci-fi Brooklyn. Arts & Culture Design Issue 36 Alexis Sablone Not many architects skate for their country, and not many skateboarders design the parks they skate in.