An Academic Platform for Teaching a New Pedagogy in African Centered Architecture.

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 CPDI Africa - the Community Planning and Design Initiative, Africa.

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

The CPDI Africa Global Studio for African Centered Architecture is designed on a virtual platform, and accessible to architects and students in any part of the world. Courses are offered in several categories - Survey, Theory, Design Studio and Practicals - and may be audited or taken for the certificate designation. Practicals are taught in person during the Study Abroad summer sessions in Africa. Course fees range between $250 and $1,000, with merit-based scholarships offered to students in art, architecture, design, planning, history, real estate and construction.

CPDI Africa Global Studio teaches students, teachers and professionals design philosophies not found in traditional architecture education, for use in academic scholarship, project development and policy making. For more, visit us at cpdiafrica.org and our social media platforms.


  • To provide an academic institution for teaching a new pedagogy in African centered architecture and foster the development of architectural languages that are culturally and environmentally sustainable.
  • To fast track the evolution and transformation of the Pan African built environment through education, training architects to become expert scientist, designers, activists and true problem solvers in their local and global communities.


  • Students seeking design knowledge not offered in routine curriculums.
  • Professors seeking content for teaching African centered architecture.
  • Professionals seeking culturally appropriate concepts for clients’ projects.
  • Policy makers seeking sustainable policies for urban and rural development.
  • Architecture connoisseurs seeking inspiration for heritage inspired projects.

CPDI Africa GSACA Certificate in African Centered Architecture

Scholars completing a predetermined number of our Face to Face / On Demand or Summer Residency programs available Diaspora wide, are eligible for the CPDI Africa GSACA Certificate in African Centered Architecture. Certificates are offered upon successful completion of courses in numbers of three, six or nine courses. Contact our Registrar at design@cpdiafrica.org for details on our offered Certificate designations. Find below a sampling of our classes. New courses are updated monthly on the Courses Offered Tab.

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HT1204 - The Evolution of Yoruba Architecture and Contemporary Environment

SESSION TWO: 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 utilised in solving contemporary environmental issues. Students will be introduced to the Yoruba culture that dictates their worldview and their construction methods.
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HT1210 - Anti-Developed Clinic: The Becoming of a Design Culture Course

SESSION TWO - 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.
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HT1201 - Theoretical Frameworks in Afrocentric Architecture

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.
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HT1206 – Green Architecture from African Centered Perspectives

SESSION TWO - 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.
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HT1208 - The Architecture of Ghana, from Ancestry to Independence and Beyond

SESSION TWO: 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.
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HT1202 - The Evolution and Transformation of African Centered Architecture

SESSION TWO - 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.
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HT1209 - Transitions in the Traditional Art & Architecture of the Igbo and Bamileke

SESSION TWO - 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.
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HT1211 – Sustainability in African Traditional Architecture.

SESSION TWO - This course presents the African traditional Architecture from the primary societies to the present. Students examine buildings and the built environment as the product of tradition and regarding the unique problems of designing with available building materials in Africa. The course develops essential tools for the evaluation and appreciation of African traditional architecture, for the role it has played in conserving our environment. The course sustainable African Traditional Architecture. It considers awareness, technology and policy that unravel the potential of African traditional Architecture.
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HT1216 - Assessing Afrocentric New Buildings for West African Cultural Landscapes

The aim of the course is to use case studies in developing solutions for achieving Afrocentric design excellence that requires continuous, collaborative communication and consensus between design professionals and all stakeholders. It will teach designers how to preserve aesthetics, history and environmental resources while integrating these innovative approaches with African traditional conservation principles to safeguard evolving African historic integrity/authenticity. Designers will learn how new buildings can integrate and interact with the dynamics of the existing natural and man-made environment, and what can be done to preserve or even enhance those features. To equip designers with tools to critically question the ethics surrounding Cultural democracy and effect a radical shift in perceptions regarding African heritage.
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HT1214 - Towards an African American Inspired Architecture

This course will explore an approach to architectural design that celebrates African American communities in the United States through referencing their culture, aesthetics, building practices and materials, and sense of spirituality. We will root the approach in the collective African Diaspora heritage of African Americans and examine how modern cultural trends relate back to traditional African traditions brought over by our ancestors. The goal of this course is to discuss and propose new forms of architecture inspired by the way African Americans perceive and utilize space as well as their unique challenges within an American context. 
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CPDI Africa Global Studio for African Centered Architecture.

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Scholarship Application

Welcome to the opportunity to learn everything they did not teach you in Design School! Have you often thought the profession of architecture was not for you because the courses never seemed to relate to your community, history or cultural background? Or was it that the cost for design school, computer software or building materials were too expensive for you to easily afford? Well, historically, the cost of design education has been one of many deterrents to creating equity in the profession. To combat this divisive method, CPDI Africa is committed to welcoming all prospective students no matter their financial capacity to the Global Studio. We are providing need-based scholarships to current students who are looking to augment their education with history, heritage, and the priceless knowledge of Africa’s contribution to the global built environment. Our scholarships and grants are offered every session, and each session is targeted to a different demographic of students, to reach those most in need. We look forward to supporting your search for knowledge and mastering Africa's contributions to the world of architecture. Apply by clicking the advert and completing your application for a CPDI Africa educational scholarship!

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CPDI Africa Global Studio for African Centered Architecture.

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The Community Planning & Design Initiative Africa (CPDI Africa) is a research-based organization created to develop new African inspired architectural languages that are culturally and environmentally sustainable.  Our Global Studio is an academic platform for teaching the evolution and transformation of African centered design philosophies to students and professionals seeking to master these new languages in their educational and professional practices. The Global Studio is engaging qualified professionals in this area of scholarship, from multidisciplinary disciplines in the built environment, to lecture critical theory and design studio courses in our virtual studio. Our courses are tuition based and professors earn an honorarium for teaching. We appreciate your interest and will respond to your inquiry upon your completion of this application.