Email: S1797731@sms.ed.ac.uk

Programme: Architecture - PhD/MPhil/MSc by Research

Start date: April 2019

Mode of study: Full time

Research title: Exploring drivers for sustainable improvement of self-help settlement in the transformation of Lagos Megacity: The case of Makoko

Ayodeji Oloyo received his BSc and MSc degrees from Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria, in 2010 and 2014, respectively. He has been working as a lecturer in the Architectural Department at the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State Nigeria before he was granted a study leave for his PhD studies. As a lecturer, he taught both National Diploma and Higher National Diploma students courses covering architectural design and sustainable development. He has made relevant publications in the field of architecture design and sustainable development.

For his PhD study at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, that began in the spring of 2019, he is funded by Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Nigeria. Ayodeji is researching on urban sustainable development of self-help settlement in Lagos, with a particular focus on the optimisation of participation and negotiation process in the improvement of the heath and well-being of the inhabitants. In the last three decades Nigeria’s most urbanised city, Lagos, has experienced rapid urban sprawl, including slum upgrade programmes that promoted demolition and displacement of slum inhabitant from their homes. This kind of processes are now under scrutiny as research show that health and well-being impact is associated with the built and unbuilt environment. Ayodeji will be using a mixed-method research methodology in his research project to focus on the health and well-being of those who are living in self-help settlement. The project will assess the state of health and well-being of the community by integrating the social, cultural, environmental, and economic aspirations of the people with the aim of developing strategies to improve the liveability of the community.

As a Lecturer at the Architectural Department at the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State Nigeria, Ayodeji carried out the following roles:

  1. Used extensive knowledge of architecture, previous experience within the industry and other applicable skills to help students develop.
  2. Closely monitored student progression, helping underperformers achieve targets through extra coaching and assistance.
  3. Coordinated exciting team projects to assist in learning development in design and team-building skills.
  4. Kept up to date in the best teaching practices and architecture updates improve teaching practices and learning.
  5. Coordinated field trips to construction sites for students to obtain a better understanding of work environments.
  6. Assisted in the enhancement of old and the development of new architecture course curriculums.
  7. Provided extensive demonstrations on how to use various architecture design software, including AutoCAD and REVIT.
  8. Conducted regular student assessments through marking coursework and assignments, providing constructive feedback to enhance student development.
  9. Maintained regularly scheduled hours to assist and advise students on class, programme, academic and vocational plans.
  10. Met course and department instructional goals by integrating key competencies into lesson plans.
  11. Utilised curriculum reflecting diverse educational, cultural and linguistic backgrounds of students served and challenged students to move beyond innate socio-cultural biases.
  12. Helped students understand topics by initiating and moderating classroom discussions.
  13. Developed incentives to keep participants in class and engaged in material.
  14. Met with students to understand educational desires, identify current issues and provide advice on academic, career and vocational plans.
  15. Worked with distance learning technology to facilitate online classroom environments.
  16. Helped recruit students to business programme, assisted with registration activities and directed placement of individuals into appropriate courses.

Ayodeji, who was born in Ilaro, Ogun State, first became interested in research at secondary school. At the age of 14 he took part in a private state school project that involved building a poultry house with locally sourced material. Ayodeji was nominated as a member of the project team because of his general knowledge of poultry as his family owned a poultry farm. The team worked with the people inhabiting the village behind the secondary school to employ the wall and roofing materials they use for building their homes. At the end, the team was able to construct a brooder house for broilers using mud, bamboo and palm leaves.

For Ayodeji’s BSc degree in architecture at the Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria in 2010. His final year research was geared towards the delivery of affordable homes through sustainable design. The research involved the use of bamboo has a wall material in the construction of new neighbourhood to accommodate the growing population of the city of Abeokuta in Ogun State. This influenced Ayodeji’s MSc dissertation, which he completed in 2014 at Covenant University. For the MSc final project, he designed an inter-state water terminal for Lagos State – using bamboo as the main building material – to improve the intermodal transportation system of the state. This project exposed Ayodeji to the living conditions in the water settlements in Lagos. After joining the academic team at Federal Polytechnic Ilaro, he developed interest in the developing strategies to improve the living condition of self-help settlements through planning.