CPDI Africa Manifesto

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MANIFESTO Editor: Writer: Graphics:

Joseph Conteh Nmadili Okwumabua Aisha F. Aminu 5

is a culture-inspired, researchbased and design-build movement that aims to develop new architectural design languages for Africa and the Diaspora that are culturally and environmentally sustainable.


Our guiding principles Community empowerment: Engaging community members to change the discourse about Africa.

Sustainability: Building healthy examples of what a modern Africa should look like.

Multidisciplinary collaboration: Promoting creativity and dialogue for collective development.

Self-sufficiency of the African continent: Bringing back the concept of community that is embedded in African traditions.


Our objectives

Create contemporary architectureal languages for Africa based on cultural heritage.


Create a curriculum that promotes a global awareness of Africa’s place in the history of architecture.

Promote the full utilisation of locally sourced organic building materials in the construction industry.

Influence the development of building codes that reflect and preserve African heritage and identity.


What we do

Global Studio: Afrocentric Architecture Courses


African Heritage Design Competitions

Afrocentric Architectural Services

Expos, Exhibitions and Heritage Tours

Afrocentric Design Toolkit

Research and Publications



Global Studio: Afrocentric Architecture Courses


Online Courses

Available: All year round Types: Survey Modular Courses (4 weeks) History & Critical Thinking Courses (6 weeks) Design Courses (6 - 8 weeks) Modules: Introduction to Theory in Afrocentric Architecture, Introduction to African Master Builders, Evolution and Transformation of African Architecture, Theoretical Frameworks in Afrocentric Architecture BIM for Developing African Architecture


Survey courses provide exposure to African inspired architecture and Afrocentric architects. History & Critical Thinking courses utilise research and analytical methods to explore traditional architecture specific to students' cultures. Studio courses equip students with tools for developing their personal Afrocentric design languages and translating their heritage into the built environment through design projects.

Course levels: Introductory - Intermediate Delivery: Pre-recorded and live virtual classes with direct access to instructors Commitment: Varies based on course & module Instructors: Nmadili Okwumabua (Founder, CPDI Africa) Arc. Joseph Conteh (RIBA, Founder JU:KO) Prof. David Hughes (FAIA, NOMAC, Architect) Dr. Oluwatoyin Sogbesan (Architect, Professor)



African Heritage Design Competitions


Annual Global Competitions

The challenge: Design sustainable prototypes of contemporary African architecture that reflect the users’ cultures and identities.


Participants: Students and practitioners of architecture and related professions of the built environment, urban planning, engineering, arts and design.

Awards: Paid internship with CPDI Africa and affiliates, be a cultural ambassador for CPDI Africa, feature in CPDI Africa curated works & events.

Objectives: Researching, documenting, preserving, and archiving African and Diaspora’s contribution to traditional & contemporary built architecture.



Afrocentric Architectural Services


Design Experts

We provide architectural design services for clients looking to celebrate their culture and heritage in their projects. We specialise in residential, hospitality, entertainment and cultural arts facilities, institutional, commercial, and educational building typologies.


Culture & Heritage Experts

We also provide consultancy services for cultural preservation in the built environment. Our services extend to "Africanizing" existing buildings, renovations, ongoing and new projects.



Expos, Exhibitions and Heritage Tours


Art of African Architecture Travelling Exhibition

Exhibits: Winning designs from CPDI Africa annual competition Features: Lectures and workshops Hosts: Schools and universities, art museums and galleries, expositions and trade fairs, social and community organisations across the globe. Past locations: New Culture Studios, House 33 Art Gallery, Tuskegee University, African University of Science & Technology, EXPO Real Munich, NOMA.



Annual Physical and Virtual Tours

Site visits: Ancient sites and monuments, contemporary buildings, art galleries and museums.


Interactions: Afrocentric architects, artists, designers and local communities.

Souvenirs: Digital and physical art pieces, sculptures, pictures, books, traditional attires and accessories.



Afrocentric Design Toolkit


The Library

• Guidelines • Visualizations

• Concepts • Prototypes

Our toolkit provides minimum guidelines for contemporary Afrocentric residential and non-residential designs. It also includes inspirational collages for design concepts and a repository of African motifs, patterns and symbols and their meanings.




Research and Publications


Articles & Blog Pieces

Our research covers a range of topics from the history of African architecture and sociology to contemporary Afrocentric architecture and urban planning. Students enrolled in our online courses are invited to contribute to our body of research through short pieces that are published on our CPDI Africa Blog.


Publications Repository

Our website provides a multimedia database that serves as a search engine for articles, books, videos and pictures on topics related to African history, culture, architecture, urban planning and development. Resources on the repository can be filtered by media type, topic, country or ethnic group, author and year of publication.




Enquiries • Internships • Volunteering Get in touch with us at...


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