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The CPDI Africa Global Studio is an Academic Platform for Teaching a New Pedagogy in African Centered Architecture.

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The CPDI Africa Global Studio for African Centered Architecture Provides Architects and Designers an African Centered Academic Platform for Learning Technical Solutions For Problem Solving In their Communities, While Preserving Culture and Heritage through Design. The Global Studio is organized by the Community Planning and Design Initiative Africa - CPDI Africa. www.cpdiafrica.org

Our Global Studio Faculty are leading professors and architects in the profession, renowned for their pedagogy in teaching African centered architecture. Tenured at distinguished universities around the globe, our professors understand that architecture is not separate from the lexicon of creative arts, but an integral part of the full human experience. CPDI Africa faculty are interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and represent a diversity of world cultures, languages and heritage.

The CPDI Africa Global Studio for African Centered Architecture is designed to be accessible to architects and students in any part of the world, welcoming students to meet virtually in the comfort of their own home of place of choice. The Global Studio meets virtually for four Sessions during the year, and a fifth Session during the Summers as a Study Abroad excursion in Africa!

Global Studio Annual Sessions: The CPDI Africa Global Studio courses are offered in three categories: Survey, Theory, Design Studio and Practicals. Our Survey and Theory courses do not require pre-requisites. Design studio and practicals require theory courses as re-requisites. Our practicals are in person and are held during the Study Abroad summer sessions in Africa.

Annual Sessions

Session 1: January to February 2021 / Virtual

Session 2: March to April 2021 / Virtual

Session 3: June 2021 / Study Abroad in Africa

Session 4: August to September 2021 / Virtual

Session 5: October to November 2021 / Virtual

SESSION ONE COURSES:

HISTORY & CRITICAL THEORY

January 11th – February 19th, 2021

HT-1201 – Theoretical Frameworks in Afrocentric Architecture

Professor David Hughes, FAIA, NOMAC. Director, DHC Architects. BIO Professor David Hughes

Position: Professor, Kent State University Ohio, USA.

Course Description: Introduction to the Africa contribution to global architecture, from antiquity till the present. Covers theoretical frameworks used by architects in their built works, throughout Africa and the Diaspora.

Venue: ZOOM

Dates: Wednesdays, 3pm – 5pm (WAT)

Duration: 6 weeks

HT-1202 – Evolution & Transformation of African Centered Architecture

Professor Nmadili Okwumabua, BSc Urban Studies, MSC African Studies. Founder, The Community Planning & Design Initiative Africa - CPDI Africa. BIO Professor Nmadili Okwumabua

Position: Associate Professor Afrocentric Architecture, Kent State University, Ohio. USA.

Course Description: This course introduces students to the concepts for developing new African architectural languages, inspired by the culture and technology of traditional and contemporary African societies. The course surveys both the African and Diaspora built environment, teaching design practices that are culturally and environmentally sustainable. Students will be introduced to the research initiatives of CPDI Africa.

Venue: ZOOM

Dates: Wednesdays, 6pm – 8pm (WAT)

Duration: 6 weeks

Cost: $250.00

HT-1203 – Traditions and Heritage in Igbo Architecture

Professor Nduka Okey, B.Sc. (Hons) Arch; M.Sc. Arch and Ph.D. BIO Professor Nduka Okey

Position: Senior Lecturer, Architecture; University of Nigeria Nsukka, Enugu Campus and Principal Consultant, Asterics - 4 Designs, Nigeria.

Course Description: Introduction to traditional architecture concepts, elements and forms; factors of influence and inspiration in the context of location, climate, culture and tradition, religion, material and technology; heritage, conservation and preservation of traditional architecture; contemporary status of traditional architecture and investigative field study/research geared towards enabling the students to acquire firsthand experience of some relevant information, communicated during the lectures.

Venue: ZOOM

Dates: Wednesdays, 2pm – 4pm (WAT)

Duration: 6 weeks

Cost: $250.00

HT-1204 – Culture and Aesthetics in Yoruba Architecture of Nigeria

Professor Oluwatoyin Sogbesan, BSc. Architecture, M.Arch, MA Arts and Heritage Management, PhD Culture, Policy and Managements. BIO Professor Oluwatoyin Sogbesan

Position: Professor of History of Architecture, Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, Nigeria West Africa.

Course Description: This course introduces students to Yoruba traditional architecture, art and culture by outlining theories, philosophy and aesthetics that serves as guiding principles. The course gives an overview of a traditional style dictated by culture, environmental conditions, and available material. The course outlines important architectural elements and languages associated with Yoruba traditional architecture and how these elements can be utilized in solving contemporary environmental issues. Students will be introduced to the Yoruba culture that dictates their worldview and their construction methods.

Venue: ZOOM

Dates: Tuesdays, 6pm – 8pm (WAT)

Duration: 6 weeks

Cost: $250.00

HT-1205 – The Architecture of Demas Nwoko.

Professor Joseph Conteh, Architect, RIBA.

Director, JU:KO, Sierra Leone. BIO Professor Joseph Conteh

Course Description: The course introduces students to the architecture, theoretical frameworks and built works of African Master Builders, including the works of Nigeria’s premier master builder, Demas Nwoko.

Venue: ZOOM

Dates: Thursdays, 6pm – 8pm (WAT)

Duration: 6 weeks

Cost: $250.00

HT-1206 – Green Architecture from African Centered Perspectives

Diana Gbefwi-Guyit, MA Architecture, AMINA BIO Professor Diana Gbefwi-Guyit

Position: Green Design Consultant, SKAIGREEN SOLUTIONS a GREEN lifestyle brand

Course Description: The course explores the design considerations required for green design with an overview of the various green design certifications worldwide within the context of building materials, building techniques, climate, and cultural aesthetics (African centered). We will review climate change and how design can be adapted to be resilient despite growing global concerns using a sustainable methodology.

Venue: ZOOM

Dates: Thursdays, 6pm – 8pm (WAT)

Duration: 6 weeks

Cost: $250.00

HT-1208 - The Architecture of Ghana: from Ancestry to Independence and Beyond

Professor Amma Asamoah, BArch, MS Sustainable Design. BIO Professor Amma Asamoah

Position: Assistant Professor of Architecture and Sustainable Design, Tuskegee University.

Course Description: This course introduces students to the varying building types and architectural styles native to Ghana, West Africa. The course surveys vernacular, colonial and contemporary buildings that have shaped the built environment of this rapidly urbanizing and historically rich African nation. Students will explore the complex socio-economic systems and modern-day challenges that face the burgeoning capital city of Accra. They will also research and propose design solutions that are reflective of culturally and environmentally sustainable design practices for the region.

Venue: ZOOM

Dates: Tuesdays, 6pm - 8pm (WAT)

Duration: 6 weeks

Cost: $250.00

HT-1209 - Transitions in the Traditional Art & Architecture of Igbo and Bamileke

Architect Ikechukwu Agbim (RA + NCARB) B. Sc. Arch. UNN, B. Arch. City College CUNY, M. Arch. Virginia Tech. BIO Professor Ikechukwu Agbim

Position: Principal Partner: Architecture Research Consultants, Washington, DC.

Course Description: This course takes students through an exposition of the typologies of traditional art and architecture of the Igbos of Nigeria and Bamileke Grasslands of Western Cameroon. Examples are provided to reinforce planning forms, the intersection of the forms of art and architecture, some similarities between the two regions and examples of attempts at expressing the forms in contemporary African buildings architecture. Students will be introduced to ongoing research initiatives and future research opportunities at CPDI Africa.

Venue: ZOOM

Dates: Tuesdays, 6pm - 8pm (WAT)

Duration: 6 weeks

Cost: $250.00

Course: HT-1210 - Anti-Developed Clinic: The Becoming of a Design Culture

Felema Yemaneberhan, Bachelor of Architecture, Minor in Africana Studies, Cornell University. BIO Professor Felema Yemaneberhan

Position: Principal of Felemaye, Designer, Independent Researcher.

Course Description: Anti-Developed Clinic- The Becoming of a Design Culture is an experimental studio on how society treats the term “culture.” Colonial traumas have understandably stunted an entire continent to heal, and this is displayed through the heedless hodgepodge of development misinterpreted as societal progress. The clinic will be retraining the brain on how to feel and will deconstruct all notions of what an African aesthetic should look like. It will radically heal and root designers with ancestral traditions to create informed and soulful spaces.

Venue: ZOOM

Dates: Saturdays, 5pm - 7pm (WAT)

Duration: 6 weeks

Cost: $250.00

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