Best Paper Prize Winners


DR JOY MAINA, 2015 WINNER - Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria

Dr Joy MainaCan you please give us a brief profile of yourself – including where you work, academic background, research interests, and personal interests?

I am an architect trained at ABU and the University of Nottingham, UK. I lecture in ABU where I teach mainly Research Methods and Basic Design at undergraduate and postgraduate levels alongside managing other administrative posts. My research interests include Spatial qualities of the Built Environment, Human behaviour and spatial cognition, Housing research as well as Architecture Education. I enjoy music and sewing.


DR CYNTHIA OMOLOLA ADEOKUN, 2013 WINNER - Department of Architecture, Covenant University, Nigeria


Q. Please tell us a bit about yourself

A. I am an ARB (UK) registered architect with over 15 years professional experience in sports, retail and education architecture gained working in the UK, Kenya and Nigeria. In addition, I have a Ph.D. in Architecture (research focus: Domestic Space) from the University College London (2007). I speak fluent English and Yoruba, Conversational Brazilian Portuguese, and basic Italian, and I enjoy working with young and the elderly, travelling, and learning languages. Q. How would you describe your career experiences so far? How did you get into academia? A. I have enjoyed both my professional and academic career so far. I spent over 13 years working in private practice on a variety of really interesting projects, such as the All England Lawn Tennis Club (Centre Court Refurbishment), Wimbledon, Wembley National Stadium and Emirates Stadium, in the UK and in Kenya. I decided to take up an academic post about 3 years ago, because a wonderful opportunity came up in my home country Nigeria. READ MORE

Dr Stephen Nwabunwanne Oluigbo, 2011 Winner - Department of Architecture, Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria

stQ. Please tell us a bit about yourself 

A. I am a native of Nkwerre, Imo State, in South-East Nigeria. I attended a number of primary and secondary schools; however, my primary education was concluded at FESTAC Universal Primary Education (UPE) School II, Festac Town, Lagos and my secondary education at Federal Government College Odogbolu, Ogun State, Nigeria.
My academic qualifications comprise of an Ordinary National Diploma (OND), at Yaba College of Technology in 1990, and BSc, MSc and PhD in Architecture in 1995, 1998, and 2011, respectively, from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, where I am presently employed as a Senior Lecturer. I am also a registered architect with the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON).
My research interests are: Passive environmental design strategies, eco-centric sustainable architecture, socio-culturally sustainable architecture, and sustainable tourism architecture. I spend my spare time, when I find any, in do it yourself repairs in my residence, watch a few movies, and also composed and sing choral music though there has been little time for that recently. READ MORE

Dr Kulomri Adogbo - 2009 Winner - Department of Quantity Surveying, Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria

Dr Kulomri AdogboQ. Please tell us a bit about yourself  

 A. I am a Lecturer in the Department of Quantity Surveying at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. I obtained my first degree in Quantity Surveying in 2001 and in 2006 I got a Masters degree in Construction Management from ABU, Zaria. I started working in the Department of Quantity Surveying in April 2007 and in 2009 I registered for a PhD in Quantity Surveying. This is significant because that was the first year that I attended the WABER conference. At the time I had a rather vague idea of what I wanted to do. The feedback I received on my presentation gave me direction and encouragement. I went on to complete the research successfully and received my Doctor of Philosophy degree in July 2013. My journey to the PhD took a firm root at the 2009 WABER Doctoral workshop and that is one reason why I always want to be at every WABER conference. My Doctoral research was on women in construction looking at the experiences of women at the threshold of graduation and at the point of entry into practice. My interests in gender studies are wide and include the education of girls in STEM, under-representation of women and their career impediments in the construction industry in Nigeria, the experiences of women in Quantity Surveying, challenging stereotypes about women in professional practice; professional and international networking / collaboration / partnership for, and by, women and role models, mentoring and career counselling – these interests have one all-encompassing aim i.e. improving the participation of women in the construction workplace. My personal interests outside of work are reading and music. READ MORE

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