Ola Uduku is Reader in Architecture and International Dean for Africa.
She is co-Programme Director of the collaboratively taught MSc in Urban Strategies and Design. She is involved in undergraduate teaching in Environmental Design, is course organiser for Technology and Environment 2A, and teaches the postgraduate elective on African Cities. She is also co-convenor of the ESALA Friday ‘Brown Bag’ Lecture Series and an organiser of the ECA Women’s Group and Work Life Forum.
Ola has research interests in Modern Movement Architecture in West and sub-Saharan Africa. Social infrastructure provision in urban areas, specifically for minority groups, and urban ‘gating’ are also research themes, as is the history of school design in sub-Saharan Africa. Recent publications include: Uduku O. (2016) “The UNESCO-IDA School Building Programme in Africa: The Nigeria ‘Unity’ Schools, Chapter 14 in Designing Schools, Space, Place and Pedagogy, eds Willis and Darien-Smith, London, Taylor and Francis. pp175-187, Uduku O. (2015) Spaces for 21st Century Learning” in Routledge Handbook on International Education and Development Chapter 13, pp196-209.
Currently she is team member of the British Academy International Partnerships and Mobility Grant (ref PM150042) entitled ‘Architecture and Planning in the Tropics: from Imperial Gold Coast to Tropical Ghana’, she is also convenor of the Docomomo Africa sub-group within the Docomomo International ISC-U&L Committee and acting secretary of Docomomo Ghana. She is also involved in the Conserving West African Modernism Project which seeks to develop an architectural conservation and research programme for West Africa, involving the digitisation of the modernist campus drawings of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. This follows on from the British Academy-funded Alan Vaughan Richards Archive Project, that resulted in an exhibition and the setting up of an accessible digital archive of the Architect’s work.
Ola is also active in environmental design research, particularly in the development of environmental analysis and measurement tools for pedagogic uses. She is working with two PhD students; Gillian Treacy co-supervised with Prof. Ed Hollis, who is undertaking a PhD which explores digital tools and other methods of supporting tertiary learning in architecture and design. The second student Yiqiang Zhao is undertaking a PhD co-supervised by Dr. Dave Murray-Rust, focusing on developing the use of apps to investigate thermal comfort. Both have been involved in the development of EdenApp, a mobile phone application for teaching Architecture and Interior Design students how to measure and interpret daylight factor readings in buildings. This is now being expanded to incorporate thermal comfort measurement. Ola is a co-chair and scientific committee member of the 2017 Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) conference being held in Edinburgh.
She also is involved in research into urban Issues, especially the provision of social infrastructure for minority communities in urban areas in the emerging world and the West. With Dr Samer Bagaeen, (University of Brighton) she has also studied and edited two co-edited edited volumes examining the Gated Community phenomenon; Gated Communities: Social Sustainability in Contemporary and Historical Gated Environments (2009) and Beyond Gated Communities (2015).
She is a member of ArchiAfrika, a non-profit organisation dedicated to linking architectural research and teaching networks in Africa with Europe and further afield, and was a UK representative in the five–year European Union project COST IS0904 Researching European Architecture Networks Beyond Europe, 2010-2014. Prior to this she completed a four-year research project focusing on the question, “Does School Design Affect Education Quality in Africa” for the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DfID) with the University of Bristol (2005-2009).
She has also worked with student design teams via the ESALA Project Office on a number of student pro bono projects; In 2015 she was involved in a summer workshop with students from ESALA and Belfast on the Sir Samuel Kelly Boat Shelter project, this is planned to develop further over the summer in 2017. In 2013 she worked with students on an ICT classroom concept for communities in the tropics. She has also developed ESALA links with Preston Street Primary School over the past few years, which began as the Preston Street Playground project, followed by PLOPS in 2016. PLOPS 2 will run in February 2017.
Journal Papers and Articles
- Uduku O. (2015) Designing Schools for Quality: An international Case study-based Review, international Journal of Educational Development, vol.44 Sept 2015 pp 55-64.
- 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. (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.
- Uduku O. and Jackson I. Sub-Saharan Africa’ in OUP Companion Volume, Chapter 11, Architecture & Urbanism in the British Empire, OUP (2016) pp 393-422
- Uduku O. (2016) “The UNESCO-IDA School Building Programme in Africa: The Nigeria ‘Unity’ Schools, Chapter 14 in Designing Schools, Space, Place and Pedagogy, eds Willis and Darien-Smith, London, Taylor and Francis. pp175-187
- Uduku O. (2015) Spaces for 21st Century Learning” in Routledge Handbook on International Education and Development Chapter 13, pp196 – 209
- Uduku O.and Bagaeen S. (2015) Introduction in Uduku and Bagaeen, Beyond Gated Communities, London, Earthscan (pp 1 -8)