Dr. Associate Professor B.Sc, M.Sc (Jos), Ph.D (CU), MNIA
It is with a deep sense of honour and privilege that we welcome you to the Department of Architecture, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria. We are not in doubt that the timing of your visit is GOD chosen; and we want to use this opportunity to let you know where we were, and where we have strategically planned to be in the next few years. The Department of Architecture is one of the three departments in our School of Environmental Sciences established at the inception of Covenant University in August 2002. It is among the very few Departments of Architecture accredited in Nigeria by the National University Commission (NUC), Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) and Nigerian Institute of Architecture (NIA) to run B.Sc, M.Sc and PhD degrees in Architecture. This is a clear testimony of the caliber of faculty, staff, teaching and research resources at our disposal as well as the quality of our programmmes. Feedback from the employers of our products shows that they are competing well with architecture graduates from older Schools of Architecture within and outside Nigeria. This may help to explain why on a yearly basis; the department is inundated with requests from employers of labour for our graduates. Our success story is based on our strategic approach of doing things in a different way and God’s grace available to us as drawn from our proprietor base.
Philosophy and Objectives
The Department of Architecture is absolutely committed to effective creative “design solutions which are tailored to meet the socio-economic and cultural needs and aspirations of the people in a sustainable manner”. Our curriculum is focused on the development of students’ creative skills and capabilities in generating architectural solutions that are environmentally, socially, economically and culturally response to the desire of all categories of clients in contemporary society. This is achieved through our emphasis on problem-based learning approach, which is the hallmark of architectural education.
Our Goal and Objectives for 2015
Globally, the profession of architecture is all about the creation of human settlements that embody human values and support human activities. Through the design process, architects thrive to address the interrelated environmental, economic, behavioural, and cultural issues that underlie the organization of the built environment. Recent developments show that one of the most intricate challenges confronting us today at local and global levels is how to achieve sustainable human settlements. Consequently, the DesignIntelligence’s 2014 survey report reveals that a majority of the Deans of Schools of Architecture in the US identified sustainability and climate change as one of the architecture’s biggest concerns. In fact, Schools of Architecture all over the world are re-directing their focus on teaching, learning, research and civil engagement to issues related to sustainability and climate change within the context of urban and the built environment. Form examples, top rated Schools of Architecture such as those in Harvard University, California Polytechnic State University and Cambridge University, just to mention these few, are currently engaged in goals and strategies that help them create, transfer and exchange knowledge and ideas, as well as position their staff and students at the forefront of these new challenges and responses in architecture, urban and the built environment.
As a department in a university that desires to be among the top ten universities in the world by 2022 (Vision 10 2022), there is a need for us to be engaged in seeking and providing practical solutions to the challenges confronting our society. This implies that a significant part of teaching, learning and research efforts should seek to provide intellectually robust assessments of some of these issues, identify past and current responses to such challenges and evaluate the efficacy of such responses, and then propose more effective, innovative and targeted solutions that would provide a sort of relief to the society. Apart from contributing to our drive for relevance in the local and global community, these will help to deepen our students’ understanding of the challenges of contemporary society.
In view of our antecedent, internal capabilities and resource base, Covenant University’s overall Vision, Mission and Goals, as well as the global trend in the teaching, learning, research and practice of architecture; the overall our corporate goal of the Department of Architecture for 2015 is “to develop a better understanding of the issues of sustainable human environments among our students, staff and faculty through innovative teaching, learning, research and collaborations.
Our specific objectives are to:
- Review our current approaches to teaching and learning of sustainability issues as they relate to the design, development and management of human environments
- Forge a clear direction and identity for our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes by placing more emphasis on sustainable design principles and practices in our teaching and research activities
- Engage in effective strategies to optimise the existing research strengths in sustainable human settlements for maximum output and impact on our immediate environment
- Increase our generation, sharing and dissemination of knowledge by establishing and maintaining a database of research findings and publications in our niche area; and
- Pursue aggressive collaboration programmes by formalising and strengthening the existing links with other departments in the School of Environmental Sciences in Covenant University, Schools of Architecture and researchers in other Universities/ Institutions, and maintaining constant interactions with the industry and public spheres within and outside Nigeria.
We strongly believe that pursuing this goal can contribute to our drive for relevance locally and visibility globally; and also help us evolve new strategies for achieving our short, medium and long term vision
The Department of Architecture appreciates the fact that conducive learning environment has to be created. The components of the ideal environment include Curriculum, Right Man Resources, Qualified students and Learning Facilities. With the right environment, the curriculum is structured to produce professionals capable of producing appropriate and imaginative solutions that are not only technically proficient and contemporary but also economically feasible and relevant in all their ramifications. Students are guided by the right human resources, procedures and conducive learning environment. Studio work and its supervision are structured to enable students acquire the knowledge and skills for the practice of the profession
Our Mission is to produce a new breed of Professional Architects who are competent, creative, and capable of leading the Building Industry within and outside Nigeria. The Department plans to attain the set goals through innovative approaches to teaching, learning, research and specialized mentorship programmmes; and to create a conducive environment for the training of all categories of Architects.
The Vision of the Department of Architecture is to be locally relevant and globally recognized for its innovative contributions to issues of sustainable human settlement from architectural perspective.
Research & Development
The department of architecture has a number of ongoing research projects involving researchers from within and outside the department. Some of the ongoing research works are undertaken under the Built Environment Research Cluster, while others are independent research carried out by groups of researchers.
Among the research projects undertaken on the platform of the established research clusters include:
1.Invetsigating the relationship between housing demand and provision of affordable housing in Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria
This research, which is sponsored by a N1.6million grant from the Covenant University Centre for Research, Innovation and Discorcery (CUCRID) is conducted by the Education Practice and Behaviour Sub-Group of the Built Environment Research Cluster. The objectives of the research are to: a) identify the building typologies and morphologies in the study area; b) determine the building materials and constructional methods used in buildings in the study area; c) examine the physical characteristics and condition (age, height, state of repair) of buildings in the study area; d) determine of the extent of access to infrastructural services by residents in the study area; e) identification of existing urban design morphologies in the study area; f) explore housing demand patterns in the study area through investigation of housing preferences, socio-economic characteristics (disposal income, rental expenditure, etc) and aspirations of residents; and g) make recommendations aimed at the provision of architectural solutions and urban renewal programmes that are better suited to housing demand in the study area.
Dr. P.A. Opoko, a seasoned researcher is the Principal Investigator in this research project. Other team Members is Dr. S.A. Oloyede; Dr. E.O. Ibem; Dr. O. A. Alagbe; Dr. E. B. Aduwo; Dr. B .A. Adewale; Arc F.O. Jegede and Mr. Oloke
2. E-procurement adoption in the Nigerian construction industry
This another ongoing research project aimed at investigating and analyzing current adoption of e-Procurement and how its benefits can be successfully maximized in the Nigerian construction sector. It seeks to ascertain the state of e-Procurement adoption in the construction industry and how clients use e-Procurement systems and tools to acquire services and works in the construction procurement process. The specific objectives are to: a) Identify users of e-Procurement and their experiences in the Nigerian construction industry; b)Ascertain the electronic systems and applications used for construction procurement; c)Identify aspects of the construction procurement process supported by electronic systems and tools; d) Investigate the factors that influence the use of e-Procurement in construction in Nigeria; and e) Analyse how the use of electronic procurement can be successfully diffused and its benefits maximised in the Nigerian construction industry to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of construction procurement processes.
The Research Team comprise Dr. E.O. Ibem (Principal Investigator); Dr. L. Amusan; Dr .A. O. Dare-Abel; Dr. E.B. Aduwo; Dr. O. C. Iroham; Arc O. Uwakonye and P. Tunji-Olanyeni.
3. Developing Design Expertise in Architecture Students
The research project is focused on education as a tool for the development of expertise. The study, which is conducted by Dr. A.A. Oluwatayo; Dr. A.P. Opoko and Arc I.C. Ezema seeks to identify what constitutes design expertise and how this is developed in architecture students. The study will further explore the factors that influence the development of design expertise in students of architecture
(b) Individual Research:
The Department has produced eleven (11) Ph.D. graduates between 2009 and 2014. Over 15 M.Phil/PhD students are current developing their Ph.D works in the department. The areas of our research activities are diverse, and include but not limited to a) Architectural History; b) Housing and Urban Studies; c)Building Maintenance; d)ICT in Architecture; e) Architectural Education /Gender issues; f) and Post occupancy Evaluation. The following are some of the developed Ph.D thesis titles by students in the department.
- Profiling the Environmental Sustainability of Residential Buildings in Lagos, Nigeria, Using Life Cycle Assessment (I.C. Ezema)
- The acceptance and Use of Computer-Aided Architectural Design in Schools of Architecture in South-West Nigeria ( O.
- Gender Issues in the Learning of Architecture: A Case Study of Covenant University, Ota ( O.A Fulani)
- Housing Quality of Selected Residential Estates in Lagos State Nigeria by ( O.D. Babalola)
- A Critical Study of Benin Traditional Palaces, Nigeria ( O.J. Ediae)
- Evaluation of Defensible Space in Public Housing in Lagos State (F.O. Jegede)
- The Pedagogy of Architectural Structures in Selected Schools of Architecture in Nigeria by (G.M.Alalade).
- Ornamentation in Yoruba Domestic Architecture in Osogbo: A Study in Form, Content and Meaning (A.K. Adegoke)
- Prevalence and Usage of Open Recreational Space in Ibadan, Southwest Nigeria ( F.R Simon)
Staff & Personnel
As part of the efforts aimed at enhancing teaching, learning and research in the Department of Architecture, Covenant University; a number of academic and extracurricular activities are organized in the department. These activities include but not limited to ARCHIFUSE, Architectural Retreat, Weekly Seminars and Students’ Induction Programme.
The ARCHIFUSE is an annual event initiated by the student body under the auspices of the Society of Architecture Students (SAS). As the name implies, it is a fusion architectural education and practice; and seeks to create a platform where architects in practice share their uncommon experiences with architectural educators and the students of architecture. ARCHIFUSE is usually a week long programme event featuring talk shows, counselling, seminars, exhibitions, awareness campaigns, design competitions and excursion/tours. It provides an avenue where students can freely ask questions related to architectural practice, requirements for membership of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA), registration with the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) and prospects in architecture as a profession and vocation. Due the success recorded in the past editions of this event it is now recognized as a University event and given a slot in the University annual calendar.
This is another annual event in the Department of Architecture, Covenant University. It is an academic retreat which is principally aimed at improving staff capacity in handling teaching, research and community service. In addition, it is designed to widen staff perception of academic issues and enhance their ability to deal with such issues with dispatch. One of the key objectives of this event is to create an informal environment outside the confinement of the University setting where faculty freely discuss a wide range of issues related to curriculum development, lecture delivery and strategies for mentoring students as well as junior staff members. For this reason, it has been the common practice to invite experienced academics and professionals to shear their wealth of experience in an atmosphere that promotes mutual interaction.
Although, the academic retreat has its primary target on capacity building for academic staff, representatives of professional and student bodies are also involved. This is to enable the student gain insight into the capacity building process that supports their learning base. In addition, it provides the students an opportunity to interact with their teachers and practicing architects outside the formal academic environment of the University
Globally, world-Class Universities and faculties are known for their research output. In view of the fact that Covenant University has a Vision of joining the league of world class Universities, the Department of Architecture is not left out in the drive to achieve this goal. Therefore, the department has instituted a weekly seminar series for its faculty. The seminar series holds on Fridays, and it is an avenue where our faculty presents their current research activities for comments, debates and discussions. In addition, the weekly seminar series also provide the platform for our postgraduate (M.Phil and PhD) students to present their works to comments and suggestions. In view of the fact that the School of Environmental Sciences and the Department of Architecture have a good proportion of experienced Senior faculty members, this category of faculty are invited as guest lecturers to share part of their experience and make inputs to ongoing PhD research works of faculty members at the weekly seminar series.
To the glory of God, the weekly seminar series of the department of architecture have been instrumental to speedy completion of PhD research programmes of a number of faculty members in this department. Therefore, it is one of the capacity building initiatives that have produced tangible.
In a bid to encourage industry-classroom interactions; Covenant University recently initiated a platform for robust town/gown interactions. In a memo dated 12th January 2015 to all the Heads of Departments (HODs), the Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor Charles K. Ayo, noted that such interactions, are expected to be in the form of departmental seminars, and seek to enhance the employability of the University’s graduates. The Vice-Chancellor therefore enjoined all HODS’s to initiate plans and make necessary contacts with their professional colleagues in the industry to be guest speakers at the departmental town/gown seminars. Each department is expected to organize three of such seminars within the Omega Semester in the 2014/2015 academic session. It was in response to the directives of the Vice-Chancellor that the Department of Architecture commenced a monthly seminar series tagged “Town-Gown Interaction. The first in this series of town-gown seminars was held on Thursday 29th January 2015. The department played host to Arc Lukman B. Arowona from Interstate Architects Ltd, Lagos as the Guest Speaker. Arc Arowona spoke on the role of the Architect in the Contemporary construction Project Management Practices
Teaching is an essential part of the responsibilities of the member of staff of the Department of Architecture. Various methods and systems are employed to drive home training and educational goals of the Department. We insist on the preparation and submission of Lecture Notes on the University’s e-learning platform called MODULE. Preparation and submission of course compact for effective and qualitative delivery of lecture are compulsory in line with the University’s drive for teaching quality and academic excellence. The delivery of our curriculum content is heavily supported by the use of modern teaching aids, ICT driven tools and techniques. We also use Internet technology to disseminate information to our students, while our design studio works involve the use of real life projects. Tutorials also form an integral part of the teaching and learning process in the department of architecture. At the beginning of every semester, students are provided with tutorial questions in each taught course. Each course Lecturer is mandated to conduct student- centred tutorial sessions at the end of each module. These have been found to be very helpful in enhancing students’ understanding of the course content and preparing our students for tests, quiz and semester examinations.
FULL-TIME ACADEMIC STAFF
|S/N||Name||Nationality||Qualifications||Rank||Area of Specialization|
|1||Dr. E. O. Ibem||Nigerian||
B.Sc. (Arch) 1998 M.Sc. (Arch) 2001 Ph.D. (Arch) 2011 M/ 2483 F/|
|Associate Professor (Ag. Head of Department)||Housing and Sustainable Urban Development|
|2||Prof. A. B. Adeboye||Nigerian||
ND (Arch) 1979 HND (Arch) 1981 B.Sc. (Arch) 1988 M.Sc. (Arch) 1990|
Ph.D. (Arch) 2009 M/2413 F/2422
|Professor||Architectural Graphics and Ecclesiastical Architecture|
|3||Dr. A. P. Opoko||Nigerian||
B.Arch. M.Sc. (Construction Management) M.A.in Architecture|
(Housing Studies) Ph.D (Arch) 2013 M/805 F/622
|Senior Lecturer||Construction Management, Housing Studies|
|4||Dr. A. A. Oluwatayo||Nigerian||
B.Sc. (Arch) 1998 M.Sc. (Arch) 2001 Ph.D. (Arch) 2009 M/ 2294 F/|
|Senior Lecturer||Architectural Practice and Sustainable Architectural Education|
|5||Dr. O. A. Alagbe||Nigerian||
B.Sc. (Arch) (1998) M.Sc. (Arch) (2000) Ph.D. (Arch) (2009) M/ 2659|
History of Architecture, Housing Studies and Building|
|6||Dr. I. C. Ezema||Nigerian||
B.Sc. (Arch) 1984 M.Sc. (Arch) 1986 Ph.D (Arch) 2015 M/1110|
|Lecturer I||Sustainable Architecture and Professional Practice|
|7||Dr. E. B. Aduwo||Nigerian||
B.Sc. (Arch) 1997 M.Sc. (Arch) 1999 Ph.D. (Arch) 2011 Associates|
Member of NIA
|Lecturer I||Housing Studies and Interior Design|
|8||Dr. P. A. Aderonmu||Nigerian||
OND (Arch) 1994 B.Sc. (Arch) 1999 M.Sc. (Arch) 2001 M/2804 F/ 2742|
Ph.D (Arch) 2013
|Lecturer I||Architectural Education; Architectural Psychology|
|9||Dr. O. E. Ekhaese||Nigerian||
B.Sc. (Arch) 2000 M.Sc. (Arch) 2002 Ph.D (Arch) 2011 Associate|
|Lecturer I||Housing and Vernacular Architecture|
|10||Dr. O. A. Dare-Abel||Nigerian||B.Arch. 1998 Ph.D (Arch) 2013) M/ 2023 F/ 1966||Lecturer I||ICT in Architecture and CAAD|
|11||Dr. B. A. Adewale||Nigerian||
B.Sc.(Arch) 1998 M.Sc. (Arch) 2000 M/ 2336 F/ 2461 Ph. D (Arch)|
|Lecturer I||Housing Studies and Specification Writing|
|12||Dr. O. O. Izobo-Martins||Nigerian||
B. Tech.(Arch) 2002 M. Tech (Arch). 2006 M/ 2703 F/ 2738 Ph.D|
|Lecturer I||Building Maintenance and Recreational Architecture|
|13||Arc. A. B. Sholanke||Nigerian||
B.Sc. (Arch. & Urban Planning) 1982 M.Sc. (Arch.) 1986 M/ 1777|
|Lecturer I||Universal Design and Urban Planning|
|14||Arc. O. D. Babalola||Nigerian||B.Sc. (Arch) 1983, M.Sc. (Arch) 1985 M/ 1264 F/ 1221||Lecturer II||Construction Methods and Housing Studies|
|15||Arc. O. A. Fulani||Nigerian||B.Sc. (Arch) 2000 M.Sc. (Arch) 2002 M2996 F/2737||Lecturer II||Gender and Architecture|
|16||Arc. O. U. Uwakonye||Nigerian||B.Sc. (Arch) 1994 M.Sc. (Arch) 1997 M/ 2957||Lecturer II||Building Information Modeling and CAAD|
|17||Arc. O.F. Jegede||Nigerian||B. Tech. (Arch.) 2000 M.Tech. (Arch.) 2001 M/2986||Lecturer II||Architecture and Crime Prevention|
|18||Arc. G.M. Alalade||Nigerian||B.Sc. (Arch) 2006 M.Sc. (Arch) 2008 Registered with NIA||Lecturer II||Architectural Structure|
|19||Arc M. E. Erebor||Nigerian||
B.Sc. (Arch) 1991 M.Sc (Arch) 1994 M.BA 2000 M.Sc. Computer Aided|
Design and Construction 2004 M/3269 F/3223
|Lecturer II||Architectural Practice and , Computer Aided Design|
|20||Mr. O.J. Ediae||Nigerian||B.Sc (Arch) 1995 M.Sc. (Arch) 1997 Associate Member NIA||Assistant Lecturer||
History of Traditional Architecture; Preservation and|
|21||Mr. A.O. Owoseni||Nigerian||B.Sc.(Arch) 2011 B.Sc (Arch) 2013||Assistant Lecturer||Behavioural Architecture and CAAD|
B.Sc (Surveying & Photogrammetry) 1992 M.Sc Surveying &|
(Geoinformatics)2001 NIS, SURCON ( Licensed Surveyor)
|Lecturer I||Land Surveying|
|23||Dr. A. N. Ede||Nigerian||
HND ( Civil Engr & Surv) 1986 B.Sc & M.Sc (Civil Engr)2001|
Ph.D Civil Struct) 2008
|S/N||Name||Nationality||Qualifications||Rank||Area of Specialization|
|1||Prof. E. A. Adeyemi||Nigerian||
B.Arch. (ABU) 1963 M.Sc (Columbia) 1965 M. Urban Planning Ph.D.|
(New York) 1974 Medical Facilities Architecture Specialization Urban
Planning M/32 FNIA/22 F/18
|Professor||Architecture & Urban Planning|
|2||Prof O. A Olotuah||Nigerian||B.Sc (Arch),, M.Sc(Arch), Ph.D(Arch), MNIA||Professor||
Housing studies and Quantative Research Techniques in|
|3||Arc E. K. Ayo-Vaughan||Nigerian||
B.Sc. (Arch & Urban Planning),1982; M.Sc(Arch) 1986, MNIA, M/|
|Senior Lecturer||Architecture & Urban Planning|
|1||Howells O. Adeniyi||Nigerian||OND - 2002 HND - 2007 (Architecture)||Technologist I|
|2||Omote Patrick Oghenevwede||Nigeria||SSCE - 2003||Computer Laboratory Assistant|
ADMINISTRATIVE / NON-TEACHING STAFF:
|S/N||Name||Nationality||Qualifications/ Date Obtained||Rank|
|1||Ijeoma Chima||Nigerian||B.Sc. (2010)||Admin. Officer|
|3||Ojo Titilayo||Nigerian||SSCE (2002) NCE (2005)||Office Assistant|