AFARAI is an architectural agency that specializes in spatial design and strategy.
AFARAI crosses the boundaries of the traditional architecture practice with an interdisciplinary approach integrating research and design with an intersectional focus.
AFARAI is lead by Amsterdam based architect Afaina de Jong. Afaina has worked for renowned international firms before establishing her own firm in 2005. She has worked on a divers portfolio of projects, published her first book for the People, By the People, and opened Ultra de la Rue Creative Space in Amsterdams’ infamous Red Light District. With her creative studio AFARAI she works on the boundary of architecture and art. Her work is deeply connected to represent people and cultural movements that are not traditionally represented in architectural form. By using form languages, colors, patterns and narratives that are other, she works towards a more inclusive experience of space.
Afaina teaches a research and design studio at the Faculty of Architecture at the TU Delft and is also affiliated with the Sandberg Institute. She is a member of various advisory bodies and is currently working on her PhD dissertation on the participatory practice of public space.