Professor Samuel Adedeji Daramola is the first Professor of Architecture with specialization on Nomadic Housing in the world.
He was born on the 30th June 1962 in Ipe-Akoko, Akoko South East Local Government Area of Ondo state, Nigeria. He had his primary education in St John/Mary’s Demonstration School Owo (1967-1972) and later proceeded to Owo High School, Owo (1973-1977) for the West African School Certificate. In 1978, he attended St John/ Mary’s Teacher Training College, Owo.
Prior to his appointment as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Caleb University, Prof Daramola was the pioneer Rector, Redeemer’s College of Technology and Management (RECTEM), Redemption Camp, Mowe, Nigeria, the Dean of College of Environmental Sciences and Management as well as Dean of Student Affairs in Caleb University.
Prof Daramola was a recipient of the prestigious World Bank Study Fellowship for a multidisciplinary doctoral research in University of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. He holds a National Diploma in Architecture in 1982 from The Polytechnic, Owo (Now Rufus Giwa Polytechnic). He obtained both a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Architecture from University of Jos, Nigeria in 1986 and 1988 respectively. He proceeded to University of Ilorin, Nigeria where he had a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Housing from the Department of Geography in 2003. Specifically, Prof Daramola specialises in Nomadic Architecture.
Professor Daramola was a Visiting Research Scholar at the Centre for Architectural Research and Development Overseas (CARDO), School of Architecture, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom in 1995. In quest for international work experience as an architect, he was a visiting Architect with one of the foremost architectural firms in the United Kingdom – FaulknerBrowns Architects, Killingworth, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK in 1996. At FaulknerBrowns Architects, he had international exposure to architectural practice in the United Kingdom as well as exposure to Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Architects Registration Council United Kingdom (ARCUK) professional practice standards in United Kingdom and Ireland. He participated in the Master plan and Design of Royal Quays project along River Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom – he participated in the design of Royal Quays factory outlet project – comprising of retail outlets of varying sizes, cafes, restaurants and children’s play area, adjacent to River Tyne, Killingworth, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK 1996.
He is a registered Architect with the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON), a member of Nigerian Institute of Architects (MNIA), a member of the International Energy Foundation, (MIEF) Canada, a member of Association of Architectural Educators of Nigeria (MAARCHES), a member, European Network of Housing Researchers (ENHR), Sweden, The International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism, (INTBAU) United Kingdom. Prof Daramola currently serves at the International Advisory Board of the International Energy Foundation in Canada.
At the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), Prof Daramola is one of the United Nations Human Settlement, (UN-Habitat) Agenda Distinguished Partners around the globe. In 2008, he led the team of Ogun State government to the fourth session of the United Nations Habitat World urban Forum in Nanjing China. Under the auspices of the Institute for Environment Research and Development, Prof Daramola led another team from Lagos State government to the fifth session of the WUF in Rio Janeiro, Brazil (2010). He coordinated the participation of Zamfara state government of Nigeria in the 6th session of the UN-HABITAT in Napples, Italy in 2012 as well as the 7th session of the UN-HABITAT, World Urban Forum in Medellin, Columbia, where the city of Calabar, Nigeria was celebrated in 2014.
He is a recipient of several grants on cities and management both at local and international levels. Prof Daramola has carried out extensive research on Housing, Energy Development, Climate Change, Cities and Historical Heritage in the Built and Sustainable Environment. He was a consultant to the UN-Habitat on the preparation of the Structure Plan for the cities of Okene, and Kabba in Kogi state of Nigeria where preservation of historical heritage sites was prominently celebrated. He was indeed the first researcher around the world to carry out a study on the housing scheme for the nomadic peoples and specifically on the Fulbe nomads in Nigeria, the result of which formed his doctoral thesis. He has addressed and presented his research findings at various global fora which include the world body of architects, International Union of Architects, (UIA) in Turkey, Commonwealth Architects Association (CAA) and Africa Union of Architects, (AUA). He has visited scores of the leading schools of architecture across the globe. In 2007/2008, Prof Daramola was an external supervisor to the School of Architecture and Design, Howard University, USA.
He is a reviewer to several international journals and assessors to several institutions. He has published widely in a number of reputable journals.
On the national level, Professor Adedeji Daramola pioneered a number of institutions. In 1994, he coordinated the establishment of School of Architecture in Federal University of Technology, Yola. He was the pioneer Head of School of Architecture in Covenant University, Nigeria (2003-2006). He was the pioneer Executive Director, Institute for Environment Research and Development (IERD), (2007- 2009). In 2009, Prof Daramola was the pioneer Head of School of Architecture, Bells University of Technology, Ota (2009 -2013), and moved to Caleb University, Lagos to commence the post-graduate School of Architecture (2013-2016).
In view of his versatility, Professor Daramola has attracted a number of grants locally and internationally and was listed in International WHO’S WHO of Professionals, 2012 by International WHO’S WHO Historical Society, Pennsylvania, and Washington USA, as well as International Educator of the year, 2009, by International Biographical Centre of Cambridge, England. Prof Daramola is an accomplished scholar, administrator and professional in the field of Architecture. He is happily married to Pastor (Mrs) Oyindamola Daramola a counsellor by profession. The marriage is blessed with children.