WIT Press


Architectural Education And Sustainable Human Habitat In Nigeria

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/ST110091

Volume

167

Pages

11

Page Range

89 - 99

Published

2011

Size

2,880 kb

Author(s)

Y. M. D. Adedeji, A. A. Taiwo, O. A. Olotuah & G. Fadairo

Abstract

The goal of architectural education is directed towards the attainment of a humane and responsive environment. This is subsumed in the overall purpose of education, which is to prepare people to perpetuate and improve their society. In this endeavour architects are trained to understand the nature of societal problems in their environmental context. This paper takes a critical look at the programmes of architectural education in Nigeria in their bid to contribute to, and improve the quality of the human habitat and ensure its sustainability. It notes the degradation of the environment and housing conditions in Nigeria’s urban centres, which is symptomatic of the rapid urbanisation occurring in the country. It asserts that though the curricula in Nigerian architectural schools have been designed to ensure the provision of education that ensures the attainment of professional skills requisite for effective shaping, re-ordering, and articulation of the built environment, there are shortcomings. It proffers recommendations for invigorating architectural education for attaining a sustainable and qualitative human habitat. Keywords: architecture, curriculum, education, environmental degradation, human habitat, housing, sustainable, urbanisation, Nigeria.

Keywords

architecture, curriculum, education, environmental degradation, human habitat, housing, sustainable, urbanisation, Nigeria