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Ola Uduku

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Urbanism in Africa, Mobile/tablet Learning tools for environmental analysis, (particularly in acoustics) conservation of modern movement architecture in Africa, school design in the emerging world

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Business Administration, University of Strathclyde
Understanding Collaboration Within the Scottish Convenience Store Sector
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Cambridge
Factors Affecting School Design in Nigeria

Professional Qualifications

Post Graduate Certificate in Education, PGCert
Member of the Nigeria Institute of Architects, MNIA

Area of Expertise

Research expertiseAfrican Architecture, Education and socio-politics


Pg.Cert, MBA, Ph.D, M.Phil,  M.Sc. B.Sc


Ola Uduku is Reader in architecture and Dean International for Africa at Edinburgh University’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA). She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge, and was Smutts Fellow in African Studies, before working at at Liverpool, and Strathclyde Universities, prior to Edinburgh. 


Her research interests include; the history of educational architecture in Africa, Gated Communities, and contemporary issues surrounding social infrastructure provision for minority communities in cities in the ‘West’ and ‘South’. In 2014 she completed the British Academy-funded Alan Vaughan Richards Archive Project. Currently she is involved in the Conserving West African Modernism Project, that aims to create a Centre for West African Modernist Buildings Research in Kumasi and to digitally archive Africa's modernist architectural heritage, making it accessible to local and international audiences.


She is also involved in research into the development of digital tools and ‘apps’ for environmental analysis, particularly for teaching, small business and NGO sector uses. Through the ESALA Projects Office, she has been involved in a number of pro-bono student projects, including the 2014 Africa ICT Classroom Project.


Ola was a founding member of ArchiAfrika, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving architectural education and the knowledge of contemporary architectural history in Africa. She also is a member of Docomomo International and is supporting Ghana’s membership bid to be tabled at the biennial meeting in Lisbon this September.



Her recent publications include: 

 Uduku O. (2015) Designing Schools for Quality: An International Case study-based review, International Journal of Educational Development, vol. 44 September 2015 pp 56 – 64

 Uduku and Bagaeen  (2015) Introduction, Beyond Gated Communities: Urban Gating and Soft Boundaries:, Routledge 

 Uduku O. et al  (2015), Architectural Pedagogy in Kumasi, Baghdad and Szczecin, in Radical Pedagogies  Project  (eds. Colomina B. and Kotosioris E. Volume 45 (2015) “Learning”.

 Uduku O.  Spaces for 21st Century Learning, Chapter 15, pp. 196 - 209 in  Routledge Handbook of International Education and Development, Eds. McGrath and Gu Q, Routledge,


Uduku O. (2014) Networking and strategic deal-making in the Caribbean:Using archives to examine Max Lock’s 1950s planning adventures in the West Indies, Architecture Beyond, Europe (ABE) vol4. 2015 Global Experts, off Radar.


Research outputs

  1. Self-Learning Framework for Personalised Thermal Comfort Model

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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Research activities & awards

  1. Keynote talk

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. Keynote talk on Modern Architecture in West Africa

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  3. Eden App A Digital Tool for Environmental teaching and Analyis

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

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Research projects

  1. Fry and Drew West Africa Project

    Project: Research Collaboration with external organisation

  2. Conserving West African Modernism Project

    Project: Research Collaboration with external organisation

  3. Preston Street Playground Project

    Project: University Awarded Project Funding

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