May Design Lecture 2019

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Global Challenges to Sustainable Housing: A Case Study from Nigeria, West Africa

The African continent is getting hotter, drier and more populous. It is the most vulnerable continent to the effects of global warming, and also the least prepared to deal with it. In addition to the political, social and economic challenges, the continent also faces a housing crisis: the housing deficit is upwards of 50 million units and is rising exponentially. Nigeria leads the pack with a staggering housing deficit of 17 million units. In attempting to address these and other environmental issues, CDS designed and built a modular, affordable green housing prototype that is self-cooling, solar-powered and water sufficient. This presentation takes a deep dive into the journey that resulted in the first “Eco-Village” in Nigeria.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
5 p.m. | Reception
6 p.m. | Lecture
1.0 LU|HSW 

Free | AIA Members, Affiliates, and Students
$20 | Non-Member Guests

The Center for Architecture and Design
50 West Town Street, Suite 110
Columbus, Ohio 43215

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Speaker: Chinwe Ohajuruka


Chinwe Ohajuruka is an Architect, Project Manager & Sustainability Consultant with more than 29 years’ experience in a variety of international settings. She has been involved with several projects for collegiate, commercial, residential, institutional and industrial clients. Having designed and managed building projects in Nigeria, the United States, the UK, Jamaica, the Gambia & Zambia, Chinwe has a diverse background that complements the international settings she has lived and worked in.

She has been a LEED Accredited Professional (AP) since 2008. Subsequently, she worked on several green projects in leadership positions such as LEED Project Administrator, LEED Project Manager & LEED Consultant. In 2014, Chinwe became a LEED for Neighborhood Development (ND) AP. She is also a Green Star (South Africa) and BREEAM (UK) Accredited Professional.

She has been a facilitator for Green Building & Sustainable Design Seminars regularly held in Nigeria where sustainability, climate change mitigation and adaptation are rapidly emerging fields influencing the Nigerian built environment. Chinwe was also on the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees of the Green Building Council, Nigeria (GBCN) from 2011 till 2016.

She obtained her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Architecture in, Nigeria, and a Master of Architecture Degree from the United Kingdom.

She currently spends her time between USA and Nigeria, working on sustainable housing for Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa. She has received awards for her work on affordable green housing. In addition to being passionate about environmental sustainability, Chinwe is focused on addressing global issues of equity and social justice and their implications for and on the built environment.

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