Research student, Welsh School of Architecture
Noah Akhimien as an academic, has a wide range of experience in architectural practice, lecturing, and other teaching abilities with a good history of research publication. He is a creative architect with full practice in Architectural, supervisory and construction work. He was lecturing at Ambrose Alli University before his Doctoral programme at Cardiff University. He sucessfully handled course modules in Architectural design, Environmental science, Architectural graphics and Building structures at the Department of Architecture, Ambrose Alli University, where he also served as secretary to the Departmental Board of Studies. He was appointed as project coordinator and team leader for the design and construction of an energy efficient workspace for PIND/ATED Foundation - A demonstration project to create awareness for energy efficiency in buildings, affordability, clean energy with emphasis on sustainability. He has coordinated Architectural students to undertake various design projects and competitions in areas of sustainable Architectural practices.
He has also shown great interest in his Architectural practice with large number of works designed and executed over the years, works ranging from Residential, Commercial and Industrial designs, some of which includes School, Fly-over, Mast, Airport designs.
- First “First Class” Graduate of the Department of Architecture, Ambrose Alli University, since the inception of the Department.
- Award of Academic Prize - Dean’s and Head of Department’s Prize - Best Graduating Student in the Faculty of Environmental Studies and in the Department of Architecture with a CGPA of 4.56 (on an upward scale of 0.00 - 5.00)
- Best graduating Student- Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Architecture with an average of 72%.
- Nigerian Bottling Company PLC and Nigerian Conservation Foundation – National Schools’ Art and Essay Competition “the effect of poverty on the environment” 1st Position in the State.
- Fine Art Competition – “Optics” 1st Position in the state.
Energy and resource efficiency in residential buildings.
Architectural sustainability and Passive Housing.
Most of my projects are centered on sustainable design strategies, renewable energy sources, green buildings/Eco-designs, Landscaping and Future forms for sustainability. As an academic, I have severally been appointed as team leader for research groups, notably is the centre for energy efficiency in buildings at Ambrose Alli University. I coordinated an Eco-design competition for Architectural students in which they demostrated various Eco-design integration strategies.
I recently worked on a funded programme by PIND (Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta) for the design and construction of an energy efficient work space in collaboration with Utimis & Mira Associates, ATED (Appropriate Technology Enabled Development) - A demonstration project to create awareness for energy efficiency in buildings, affordability, clean energy with emphasis on sustainability.
- Lectured at the Department of Architecture, Ambrose Alli University.
- Architectural Technology Assessor for year 3 students at the Welsh school of Architecture, Cardiff University, UK.
- Served as secretary to the Departmental Board of Studies at Ambrose Alli University.
- Worked as Research Assistant at the Welsh school of Architecture, Cardiff University, UK.
- Appointed as Project coordinator and team leader for the design and construction of an energy efficient workspace for PIND/ATED Foundation.
- Served as time-table officer at the Department of Architecture, Ambrose Alli University.
- Reader/Invigilator at Cardiff High School, UK.
A framework for incorporating circular economy in the design of affordable energy efficient residential buildings in Nigeria.
The study focuses on establishing an affordable energy and resource efficient building design framework which will serve as a guide for incorporating circular economy in the design of affordable energy efficient residential buildings in Nigeria. Our world is constantly changing due to the environmental activities orchestrated by humans. Climatic change continues to pose a threat as the built environment continues to build-up carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration. The Green House Gas (GHG) is on the increase on the planet and globally, buildings are responsible for approximately 40% of carbon emissions (IEA, 2019). Prompt measures need to be taken to combat the effect of global warming and associated threats. Nigeria is a population hot spot which is expected to have the third largest population of about 500 million people by 2050, after India and China, (World Bank 2015). The country currently has a population of 185 million (National Pollution Commission – NPC 2018) and a short fall of 17 million homes, (World Bank 2015). Against this background it is critical that Nigeria meets this demand in a cost effective and energy efficient manner also with a bid to reduce building material waste by adopting circular economy strategies. Research inference will be analysed and assessed for optimal performance according to best practices. In Nigeria, sustainable energy efficient design strategies are still at their infancy stage. This justifies the need for a framework/template/guide that will serve as an energy and resource efficient design framework for developers.
Keywords: affordability, energy efficiency, residential buildings, circular economy