SAMUEL OBOH

AECOM Canada Architects Ltd

SAY IT LOUD - SXSW

SAY IT LOUD(ER) - SXSW

SAY IT LOUD - A'19 Exhibitor

Canada Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

The beauty, simplicity and elegance inherent in African architecture because they evoke cultural pride and give pride of place to humanistic values of diversity, inclusiveness and social justice. Hassan Fathy for innovative use of local materials

SAMUEL OBOH

Bio:

With an expansive career spanning over 25 years in the built environment sector, Sam Oboh is an accomplished Canadian architect, Hon. Consul and the 2015 President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). Respected for his knowledge, scholarship and commitment to excellence, Sam has successfully led projects and initiatives in both the private and public sectors in North America and Africa. He is a Presidential Medal recipient and Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

Heard about architecture in passing in junior high but learned more about it through a fortunate stroke of serendipity after my high school final exams while I was interning with a drafting company that produced the blueprints for my parent’s house.

What do you do?

An architect that sees architecture as a priesthood and tool to use in improving the quality of life of people around the world.

What excites you in the work you do?

Ability to shape the environment positively and improve people’s quality of life through design.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

The beauty, simplicity and elegance inherent in African architecture because they evoke cultural pride and give pride of place to humanistic values of diversity, inclusiveness and social justice. Hassan Fathy for innovative use of local materials

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

Designing and overseeing the successful construction of the International Law Enforcement Academy in Botswana for the Governments of the United States of America and Botswana and leading the Alberta Legislature Redevelopment Project in Edmonton AB.

Featured Project Name: 

Alberta Legislature Centre Redevelopment Master Plan

 

Featured Project Location: 

Edmonton

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

First Phase Complete 2011 | Ongoing

Role in Featured Project: 

Lead Architect & Project Manager

 

Featured Project Description:

In line with Government of Alberta’s desire to foster a new vision through a masterplan and design that evokes a sense of pride, ownership, and community among residents, Sam Oboh led a team of architects, engineers and planners engaged by Alberta Government to redevelop the Alberta Legislature Precinct with the aim of achieving the highest standards of urban design, inspiring landscape and exemplary architecture -including over 1,722,000 sq.ft. of space that is sustainable and economically viable.

Photography Credit:

AECOM Canada Architects Ltd

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