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

The Global Studio is focused on Developing New African Inspired Architectural Languages. It is problem solving based and provides an academic platform for Teaching the Preservation of African Culture, Heritage & Technology through Design.

Our Faculty are Leading Professors and Architects, Renowned for their Pedagogy in Teaching African Centered Architecture. Tenured at distinguished Universities worldwide, our faculty are multidisciplinary and represent a Diversity of World Cultures.

The CPDI Africa Global Studio offers Virtual Certificate Courses annually, in History, Critical Theory, Design Studio, CAD, Sustainable Design and Design-Build during our summer Study Abroad sessions in Africa and the Diaspora.


  • 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 knowledge not offered in school for their projects
  • Professors seeking this knowledge for teaching purposes
  • Professionals seeking this knowledge for project concepts
  • Developers seeking this knowledge for urban and rural projects
  • Individuals seeking this knowledge for personal residences and projects

GLOBAL STUDIO Category of Courses

    Our Survey Courses are self guided downloadable videos, designed to introduce scholars to history and design philosophies in African architecture.
    Our History and Theory courses meet virtually and introduce scholars to the evolution and transformation of African architectural languages in the built environment, from antiquity to rural and urban landscapes in Africa and the Diaspora.
    Our Studio courses engage scholars in developing African inspired conceptual prototypes that respond to culture, aesthetics and technology rooted in African worldviews for sustainable living. Scholars meet virtually and produce architecture in response to our African centered Design Briefs.

HT1203 - Traditions and Heritage in Igbo Architecture

SESSION ONE: 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.
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HT1204 - The Evolution of Yoruba Architecture and Contemporary Environment

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

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.
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HT1201 - Theoretical Frameworks in Afrocentric Architecture

SESSION ONE: 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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HT1211 – Sustainability in African Traditional Architecture.

SESSION ONE: 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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HT1208 - The Architecture of Ghana, from Ancestry to Independence and Beyond

SESSION ONE: 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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