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Course Name
HT1201 - Theoretical Frameworks in Afrocentric Architecture

Course Description
SESSION TWO: Introduction to the African contribution to global architecture, from antiquity till the present. Covers theoretical frameworks used by architects in their built works, throughout Africa and the Diaspora. The course will be framed by research and theoretical frameworks published by Professor Hughes: Afrocentric Architecture: a design primer.

Course Details and Overview


April 10th - May 16th, 2021

  • Meeting Time: 2hrs once a week for 6 Weeks
  • Venue: Zoom
  • Day and Time: Saturdays, 12pm - 2pm (EST) / 5pm - 7pm (WAT)
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Requirement for Certificate designation: One research assignment 
  • Outcomes: Audit or Certificate
  • Required Readings: To be provided in the course online folder: a bibliography of African architecture publications, video documentaries and websites.

Course Overview:

Week One: Introduction to Afrocentric architecture- a theory

Week Two: KEMET (Egypt)- The Beginning- Pyramid Age, Sakkara, Pyramid Age- Dashur to Giza

Week Three: KEMET- Temples, Luxor, Karnak & Waset (Thebes), Abydos, Denderra, Essna, Edfu Kom

Ombo, Philae, Abu Simbel

Week Four: ABYSSINIA (Ethiopia)- Addis Ababa, Aksum, Lalibala (stone-cut churches), Gondar (city

of castles)

Week Five: ZIMBABWE- Great Zimbabwe, Khami, Bulawayo (Matapos)

WEST AFRICAN KINGDOMS- Ghana, Mali, Songhai & Benin

Week Six: Theoretical manifestation-recognition and Practicum (African American Architects)

Theoretical embrace and impact- Global recognition- CPDI Africa

Research Requirement: Earn the CPDI Africa Certificate
Produce a contribution to the research on Afrocentric Architecture, by submitting a paper on the works of an architect or theorist who has successfully applied the principles covered in the course.

$ 250

    Professor David Hughes
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