Course Details

Course Name
HT1202 - The Evolution and Transformation of African Centered Architecture

Course Description
SESSION ONE: 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.

Course Details and Overview


February 13th - March 20th, 2021

  • Meeting Time: 2hrs once a week for 6 Weeks
  • Venue: Zoom
  • Day and Time: Sundays, 2pm - 4pm (EST) / 6pm - 8pm (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 African Centered Architecture

Week Two: Culture and Lifestyle in Traditional Africa

Week Three: Spirituality in the Built Environment

Week Four: The Elements of Aesthetics, Decorative and Symbolic

Week Five: Materials and Community Development Philosophies

Week Six: The Future, Evolution and Transformation of African & Diaspora architecture

Research Requirement: Earn the CPDI Africa Certificate

Submit a 6 Page paper on an Afrocentric Architect, who has successfully applied the principles of evolution and transformation covered in the course.

$ 250

    Professor Nmadili Okwumabua
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