• on April 21, 2021

The Storytelling Series: Defining African-American Architecture with CPDI Africa

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About the lecture/ discussion

NOMA Atlanta is presenting the Storytelling Series to share thoughts and ideas for how we, as designers and architects, can play a more integral role in how we narrate the stories we tell through our design work and community engagement. We are identifying organizations and individuals who showcase impactful ways to celebrate people, art, culture, and history through their design, use of activism, communities, and education. In this series segment, we are talking with Nmadili Okwumabua of CPDI Africa on how she tells stories through their initiatives.

The lecture will discuss the Pattern Language of the African Diaspora reflecting the culture and landscape in the built environment through conversation and examples.

About Nmadili Okwumabua | Founder, CPDI Africa Global Studio for African Centered Architecture

Nmadili Okwumabua is a Professor of African Architecture and Urban Design and the founder of the Community Planning and Design Initiative Africa (CPDI Africa). Her passion for design is rooted in a vision where communities in Africa and the Diaspora are developed with new architectural languages that are culturally and are environmentally Sustainable. Nmadili attended the University of Tennessee and Georgia State University, where she pursued her undergraduate studies in architecture and urban studies. She holds a Masters’s degree in African Studies from Clark Atlanta University, where her research centered on the evolution of Nigerian modern vernacular architecture in the works of Master builder Demas Nwoko. She is a licensed Realtor in the state of Georgia and Certified Property Manager with Broll CBRE South Africa. 

In 1999, she founded Southern Sahara USA, a design consultancy service specializing in the research and development of this new architecture. In 2013, she launched CPDI Africa, the culture-inspired initiative that promotes these new architectural languages though design competitions, lecture series, workshops, architecture exhibitions and international global studios for teaching African centred architecture. Cultivating a built environment career that has spanned over 25 years, Nmadili Okwumabua lives in Atlanta Georgia and Abuja Nigeria, where she continues to offer international consultancy services in urban design and real estate asset management.


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