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Working life: Dr Oluwafemi Akande

by Guest Author on 21 Feb 2018

Dr Oluwafemi Akande, a Postdoc Fellow of the Africa Research Excellence Fund, began his career in a field far removed from global health research. But by combining his knowledge of building design with his interest in public health, he’s hoping to realise his passion of improving people’s wellbeing.

Dr Oluwafemi Akande

Career in brief:

  • BSc and MSc in Architecture from University of Jos, Nigeria
  • PhD in Strategic Energy Management for Retrofit and Refurbishment of UK Listed Building from Anglia Ruskin University, UK
  • Postdoc Fellow of Africa Research Excellence Fund and Visiting Academic, School of Engineering, University of Leeds, UK
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria.

I began my career as a student of architecture. But when I finished my studies, a lecturer mentioned to me about a potential career in research and this is what first sparked my interest.

Hoping to pursue this path, I started attending all the lectures I could, lookingfor gaps in knowledge and thinking of topics that I could develop into a research proposal. This is where I first identified a relationship between our built environment – the buildings where people work and live – and wellbeing.

I became intrigued by outbreaks of infectious diseases, for instance the meningitis outbreaks in my home country of Nigeria. I was interested to find out if there were any links between the spread of contagious diseases and the design of peoples’ homes. Most Nigerian buildings are based on the design of buildings in developed countries, without adapting them to the needs of an African country. For example, few people in Nigeria can afford air conditioning but many windows are not designed with this in mind, –therefore they don’t let in very much air. The result is over-heated homes with poor levels of natural ventilation.

Poor ventilation and low air quality could be contributing to respiratory problems and infectious diseases spreading more rapidly. Plus, because homes are so hot, people often sleep outside exposing themselves to disease spread by insects, like malaria. And they don’t sleep well, which is further detrimental to wellbeing.

My research is focused on understanding the links between building design and infectious diseases, and finding out how health could be improved by new approaches to architecture. After presenting some early findings at a conference in London, I won a PhD studentship through a competitive selection process from Anglia Ruskin University in the UK.

My PhD was more focused on the energy efficiency of buildings – I was looking into how listed churches that are being refurbished could be made warmer and their energy performance improved without changing the architecture. During my PhD, I saw the potential to learn the techniques I needed to pursue the research I wanted to carry out in Africa. So when I returned to Nigeria, I was committed to staying in Africa and using my new knowledge to follow my passion to improve health.

That’s why I was so excited when I saw the Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) opportunity of a fellowship. I applied for an AREF Research Development Fellowship in 2016 and got in contact with Professor Catherine Noakes at the University of Leeds.

Catherine’s research matches mine exactly. She’s an engineer with expertise in ventilation, airborne infection risk and engineering methods of control.Catherine uses bioaerosol experiments (using biological airborne particles) and computational modelling to assess risk and design new engineering solutions.

Oluwafemi Akande with Professor Catherine Noakes at Leeds University

Oluwafemi Akande with Professor Catherine Noakes at Leeds University

Thanks to the fellowship from AREF, I’ve spent nine months in Leeds working with Catherine. I’ve learned a whole range of new techniques – experimental and modelling-based – to study airborne pathogens, indoor airflows and engineering solutions for controlling airborne disease transmission. I’m learning how to take a combined approach, with social scientists and environmental engineering researchers, to solve critical health problems that transcend the boundary of epidemiology and medicine.

My day to day activities consist of going out to observe practical problems in the built environment. I make use of every opportunity to visit buildings – for private, social or academic purposes! I also look out for factors that make a building healthy, comfortable and less expensive to own and live in. I then look at how to find the most practical and economical solutions to solve the problems.

The biggest challenge I’ve faced has been finding research funders interested in my research focus area. My philosophy has always been to confront this challenge as a critical, reflective researcher by constantly evaluating, improving and updating my research approach.

The skills I consider to be most valuable are having a tenacious capacity to hold onto pursuing your passion. It’s also important to be able to move on in the face of seemingly impossible circumstances. Don’t be intimidated by venturing into uncommon areas of research related to your field. I’ve had to overcome people’s perception that my research focus is not feasible from my professional background.

Identify suitable and willing mentors and carefully consider every piece of their advice. Learning is continuous and sometimes a challenging and humbling process. Be willing to learn new things and push beyond boundaries. Be flexible and see challenges as opportunities in disguise.

I’m passionate about using my experiences to inspire more junior scientists to stay in research. By helping the next generation and passing on tips and advice, the work AREF does can reach even more talented researchers.

Ultimately, working together is how we’ll build capacity in African health research, and be able to improve healthcare and save lives across the continent.

The AREF is a UK registered charity and was established by the MRC’s independent charity, the Medical Research Foundation.

Comments

I love Dr Akande’s commitment to research answers improving the wellbeing of people. It is fantastic that he is thinking of ways to adapt western way of living in a way that works for communities in Africa instead of copying methods that do not work in the climate. Well done sir!

author avatar by Amarachi Comfort on 21-Feb-2018 16:14:58

Well done Dr. Oluwafemi Akande, your enthusiasim as a reseach scientist is beyound measure. You deserve an award from the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) in recognition of your hard work and desire to see to the well-being of the African people. Keep up the good work sir.

author avatar by Maria Damilola Moses on 22-Feb-2018 18:17:11

Dr. Akande’s efforts and commitment as a generational thinker, working towards building capacity in African health research and improving well-being of people is highly commendable. Well done, you are highly appreciated sir.

author avatar by Olagunju Remi on 22-Feb-2018 19:36:19

Dr Akande’s strong passion and determination to carry out research that will reduce the occurrence of infectious diseases such as meningitis in Nigeria is very challenging and encouraging.

author avatar by Engr. Fabiyi .O on 22-Feb-2018 20:39:31

This is indeed a great news for Africans, most especially Nigerians. Sir, Your work further confirms that most of the public health issues that confront Africans today can only be solved through synergy among Social Science, Medical Science and Engineering profession. I hope Nigerian Government, African Leaders and research institutes of similar interest worldwide will fund your research to a logical end.

author avatar by Ayoola Onifade (Biomedical Scientist) on 22-Feb-2018 23:10:47

The research Dr. Akande is conducting in Nigeria is highly commendable and of paramount importance to the health and well-being of people living in developing countries

author avatar by Elizabeth Eso on 23-Feb-2018 06:03:37

At first I thought, “building designs and infectious diseases?, what!”, but then I recalled that research and innovation is the anchor of generic science, and that the end of inquiry and research will be the death of science, engineering and all there is. In 1899, Charles duell, former U.S. commissioner of patent said; “Everything that can be invented has been invented”. It was later interpreted as a reckless utterance. So sir, keep going, keep climbing, keep pushing back the frontiers of science and technology and most of all keep doing the work you love. I am really really inspired by the scope of your work. Kudos!

author avatar by Samuel on 23-Feb-2018 07:03:19

This is a great work that will save the lives of many people, now and in the future. Well done Dr Akande.

author avatar by Victor on 23-Feb-2018 11:14:59

Well done Dr. Femi! Your passion to contribute to the improvement of the world’s most important asset to the human kind – their health and well being through the way they construct the most important place they spend their lifetime – their homes is commendable.
Going through the rigours of practical hands on research (as opposed to a literature review) of the real life situation is remarkable, and the courage to adopt the lessons learnt to the reality of the lives of the populace, raising other researchers in the process is invaluable for Africa. God’s blessings on all your effort to inspire upcoming scientist to focus on
research.

author avatar by Yemi Babalola on 23-Feb-2018 11:54:42

I am very impressed by the collaborative research of Dr. Oluwafemi Akande and Prof. Catherine Noakes. The team work is highly innovative and commendable. These researchers are really doing a remarkable work that deserves global support from research institutes, funding bodies, charity organizations and the government. Your research work is outstanding keep it up.

author avatar by Kemi on 23-Feb-2018 18:46:17

Hello Dr Femi Akande
It’s quite interesting to hear from you after a long while. I’m impressed you are interested in conducting a research that has a link with Public Health which is my area of specialty. Not many people had considered this connection between how our houses are constructed in our rural communities and their link with the health of the people. This must be a very revealing research, that will go a long way to help those in the construction industry in Nigeria particularly and Africa in general and our health sector policy makers.
May God grant you the required wisdom and the needed support and funding as you make this academic investment for the well being of our people.

author avatar by Dr Dagogo Cookey-Gam on 23-Feb-2018 21:39:34

Femi, your focus as a researcher, on the relationship between built environment (where we live & work) and human well-being bearing on the Africa Continent and her people, is very significant and highly commendable. I believed it will help in finding solutions to several problems especially, energy and people well-being that besets us in Africa now and in the future.
Congrats and well done!

author avatar by Dr. Blessing Mafimisebi on 24-Feb-2018 15:05:04

Waoo! “Building Structure and infectious diseases”.This is an Intresting work that will not only help to prevent infectious diseases in Nigeria or Africa but the world at large. Thank you Dr Akande.

author avatar by Oghenetejiri Anderson-Otunu on 24-Feb-2018 19:03:07

The philosophy underlying this research on environment and well-being touches the heart of many problems in Africa and Nigeria particularly. It dismisses the entrenched idea that ‘my child must study medicine to be socially, culturally and economically relevant’. I’m sure the results of this research will encourage collaborative researches and redirect the paradigm in several fields. Following recent trends in minimizing health problems by drinking water during hot seasons, it is apparent that the National Orientation Agency in Nigeria will be busy creating awareness all year round on adaptive strategies to well-being at work, home and larger society. Well done Dr Akande and his team, your altruistic contribution to human health deserves awards and funding in order to expand this new knowledge.

author avatar by Oluwatoyin Olaniyan on 25-Feb-2018 16:35:50

Passion defines purpose. This researcher must be one of the very few who sees originality and creativity as way forward in the world of materials development and adaptation of technology especially in the third world countries. African needs men of distinction like this Dr. Akande and I really pray he will be encouraged to do more of this human and environmentally beneficial research like this in near future. I believe with more funding or grants this researcher will produce more noble and problem solving projects. Well done dear Dr. Akande, keep doing what you love doing me, the world’s attention is heading towards us who are innovative! I know if given the wings, you can fly! Kudos!

author avatar by Dr. Olamilekan Oloyede on 25-Feb-2018 17:59:39

This is absolutely breathtaking, and an amazingly brilliant research work. I was a witness to the 2017 out break of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis (CSM) in Nigeria, particularly Sokoto and Zanfara State, primarily, poor ventilation and air quality resulting housing design was listed as some of the risk factors for spread of the epidemic. Well-done Dr. Oluwafemi Akande.

author avatar by Obed Tarkie Kubmuto on 25-Feb-2018 22:00:50

Wow!!! This is a very impressive research and very relevant as we spend a lot of our lives in buildings, many of which are old and affect us in ways we don’t think of. Well done Dr Akande, it’s never easy to be a forerunner in new methodologies in Africa and I hope you get the support and funding needed to see it through.

author avatar by Ade oluwadare on 26-Feb-2018 13:08:36

This is a highly innovative research area which will be useful for Africa. This aspect has potentials to unravel issues around health and housing. My phD is on new policy direction for housing improvement in Nigeria. I consider this research area of Dr Akande a loudable move.
Job Taiwo GBADEGESIN

author avatar by Job Taiwo GBADEGESIN on 26-Feb-2018 13:17:06

I was intrigued to learn of Dr Akande’s postdoctoral work which is exploring a possible association between building design in developing countries and infectious diseases. I am an Oncologist and some infectious diseases predispose to cancerous malformation.

There is growing emphasis on identification and reversal of predisposing factors to cancer development. This is especially important in developing countries.

Should this work identify a link, then it would be a fantastic and welcome addition to knowledge. A simple alteration in building design, at little or no additional cost, could potentially alter the prevalence of such diseases as downstream as cancers. The research potential here is huge.

This work would rightly be fit for more research funding.

author avatar by Dr Okezie Ofor on 26-Feb-2018 13:30:41

I vividly remember my first conversation with Doctor Femi Akande, it was truly insightful and enlightening as it had previously never consciously crossed my mind the direct relationship between the types of house design lived in and infectious diseases. Thanks for making it clear and hoping to implement this research back in our great country Nigeria.

author avatar by Engineer Odion Awenlimobor on 26-Feb-2018 20:46:31

African health research from the Architectural perspective has been given less attention. Dr Akande’s initiative is therefore timely. His research achievements are great potentials in directing the path towards becoming an expert in this subject matter.

author avatar by Dr Abubakar D Isah on 27-Feb-2018 03:19:11

It is very impressive that the Medical Research Council, UK, through the Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF), continue to lead in health research in exciting new ways.

Dr Akande,s research innovation is compelling and has the potential to identify housing design flaws in homes that are likely to contribute to the spread of diseases. As towns and cities grow more crammed and connected, attention needs to be paid to housing design to discourage the spread of diseases.

Architecture and health –redesigning the fight against infectious diseases! This highlights the fact that there is no one solution to preventing infectious diseases! Controlling the spread of diseases in Africa through understanding and improving housing characteristics should be a priority.

I hope Dr Akande gets the necessary funds and collaboration to take his research ideas to an exciting new level.

author avatar by Dr Seraphine Esemu on 27-Feb-2018 18:54:22

Great work Dr Akande. Your research will go along way in addressing health problems in relation to housing conditions in Nigeria, thereby enhancing the lives of inhabitants. It’s high time researches in this aspects are explored in developing countries. Thank God for the initiative he has given you to embark on it.
Well done Sir… More knowledge and insight as you find possible solutions.

author avatar by Susan Salubuyi on 27-Feb-2018 22:00:45

Air borne diseases including cerebral spinal meningitis are one of the leading causes of deaths in Africa countries with Nigeria ( i.e highly populated norhern Nigeria , a region parading the world largest number of out of school children) leading the pack. This diseases arguably account for for large chuck of national health expenditure .
It is true there have been these global responses to deadling with these existential threat in treatments and vaccines with significant success. It is also true that despite these interventions repoted cases are still common.For instace like the one that happen about three weeks ago in which the several school children ( age 14 ) in the federal capital of Nigeria (Kubwa, Abuja ) untimely .lost their lives. Intially it was said to be caused by poisonous biscuits but Heatlth authorities dismiss this and confirmed that it was a case of cerebral spinal meningitis. This is one in hundreds of unreported case.
It is in this light l would like to commend MRC and their AREF initiative for recognizing the fresh perspective Dr. Oluwafemi Akande brought in to this conversation by attempting to find a nexus between the medical conditions of the people and built environment. Seriously the majority of built environment in the 19 northen states of Nigeria is horrible to be mild with very poor ventilation among others.
And so a lot of us are very optimistic that this research when successful completed will provide credible and reliable data that will support evidence base health and built policy in Africa highlighting policy opportunities and some areas of reform.Again, the research may likely provide insight into regulatory and economic obstacles towards containing this airborne infectious diseases. In addition to providing health/built enteprise opportunities to developing products in this direction.

Consequently I would to commend MRC most sincerely again for many of their initiatives and commitment which in my considered opinion promote equality of sound health in regardless of creed, race and color. This is purely humanity.
For Doctor Oluwafemi Akande come across a cerebral and unassuming academic with undying passion in using the instrument of research in changing narrative positvely through interdisciplinary collaboration. So it did not come as a surprise that that Prof Catherine’s path and his cross in an effort to find global response to this airborne infectious in Africa!

author avatar by FALAYE ADEYINKA ADESUYI MICHAEL on 28-Feb-2018 05:55:52

Wao! This is really an innovative idea. A good research using building adaptation to address a perennial health issues. This will benefit many people plagued with avoidable and preventable diseases. Kudos!

author avatar by Oluyinka Daniel Bello on 28-Feb-2018 11:24:28

Dr Akande is intelligent and brilliant when conducting a research. We have both worked together and coauthor a paper. He does every research scientifically. His research could enhance further grants for a larger scale research.

author avatar by Ezekiel Adebayo Ogundepo on 28-Feb-2018 17:28:11

Dr Akande, your research work ll help improve our well being in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. Please keep up the good work. Wishing you every success all the way.

author avatar by Augustine Davou Joseph on 28-Feb-2018 18:24:44

Dr Akande, I am so happy to read about this feat, Sir, you are indeed making Nigeria and Federal University of Technology Minna, Niger state proud!!! What a giant stride to combine architectural knowledge with health related matters. In my sense, I will call this Applied Architecture, which is beyond the ordinary art and science of designing buildings and some non-building structures. In other word, a purposeful and problem solving architecture, which is a vital ingredient between science and policy related interface (SPI) for developing country. This bridge can drive some aspect of sustainability challenges if well researched and supported. I know your sponsors will be glad to know that their choice of you to do this research is good for Africa and humanity as a whole. WE ARE PROUD OF YOU SIR.

author avatar by ademola adenle on 01-Mar-2018 11:53:47

Reading about this line of creative and innovative research dimension arouse my hunger to being an environmental researcher with diversify synergical focus. Dear Dr. Sir am challenge by your knowledge of research diversity, and hoping that one day I will be like you. Thanks you for your solution approach to tackle contagious disease in our land from architectural perspective sir. More grace and wisdom.

author avatar by Joseph Bakare on 01-Mar-2018 14:00:31

Thanks Dr Akande for sharing with us your rich profile. You inspired me into applying for the AREF Fellowship, and indeed share some tips on how to structure my application. I am glad to inform you that my AREF application was successful and I will be embarking on it beginning April 2018. Thanks for being kind-hearted and eager to help others. I trust that you will be able to meet your career aspirations and I pray that you get funders that are interested in funding your area of research. Best of luck, Joseph

author avatar by Joseph Matovu on 02-Mar-2018 13:38:14

I had the chance to meet Dr. Oluwafemi on a flight to Rwanda, and I was impressed by his passion of sustainable and healthy engineering practices. On a short flight of 45 minutes, I learned more than the average engineer learns in a year!! Glad to see your work is being recognized and wish you the best, Dr. Oluwafemi.

author avatar by Aristide Shingiro on 02-Mar-2018 15:11:02

Dr Akande, it’s been an honour to meet and share knowledge and expertise with you within the Water and Public Health Engineering research group at the University of Leeds. I am optimistic of the findings you have made in collaboration with Prof. Noakes, and do hope these translate to real impacts in your unique research niche within Africa and Nigeria in particular. I have no doubt about your commitment to inspire and challenge young scientists to engage in research especially as we live in a world that is driven by reliable information gotten from sound research. I look forward to possible future collaborations with you. Do keep up the good work sir!

author avatar by Ikpe Ibanga on 02-Mar-2018 17:55:35

This research will contribute to the improvement concerning the health of all mankind.
The focus of the research is unique and I hope others will continue from where you stopped.
God bless you sir.

author avatar by Kehinde C Oresanya on 02-Mar-2018 19:13:56

Not too long in hindsight, there was a move towards effecting social change in space users through architecture. As intangible as it sounded then, this move eventually grew to develop both empirical and non-empirical standards for engaging the dimensions of space to affect learning and behaviour.
Now, theories are beginning to form around affecting health and wellness through homespun architecture, one that is developed from local basics and which answers to indigenous conditions. Health concerns run deep for Africa, as the duo of poverty and illiteracy remain formidable challenges at present and in the near foreseeable future. Dr Akande’s research idea is certainly one worth exploring if we look to increasing the potential for a healthier and safer Africa.

author avatar by Chinedu Enwereuzo on 02-Mar-2018 23:26:01

This is a great story. A model for rising stars

author avatar by pdb inusa on 03-Mar-2018 14:22:56

This is a great example of how a multidisciplinary approach can improve people’s lives; and I am also impressed by the work that AREF is doing in empowering research in Africa, and taking the lead in translational science on our continent. Great job Dr. Oluwafemi Akande! Such a great research project deserves more funding to be taken beyond boundaries.

author avatar by Jean Pierre Rutanga on 03-Mar-2018 21:32:49

This is indeed a great news for Africans, most especially your country men (Nigerians). Sir, Your work confirms that public health issues can only be solved through synergy among Social Science, Medical Science and Engineering profession. I hope World Leaders and relevant research institutes worldwide will sponsor your research to a logical end.

author avatar by Ayo Onifade (Medical Laboratory Scientist). on 04-Mar-2018 16:32:46

Congratulations Sir.

This is indeed a great work that will change the environmental and public health issues worldwild, Sir, your work confirms the importance of engineering profession needs to synergize with Social Science and Medical Science in finding lasting solutions to solving public health issues. I hope relevant agencies and research institutes worldwide will sponsor your research to a logical end

author avatar by olayinka arowolo on 04-Mar-2018 16:42:21

When I met Dr Akande few months ago, the first thing that impressed me about him was his full commitment of using his science to find solutions for his people health issues and beyond for Africa.
As a scientist, he is an open minded person, always seeking for new insights he could apply into his research question to better support his endavour. Indeed, applying his background as an architect to health problems got him diving now in biological and epidemiological areas to come up with an original multidisciplinary approach of healthy-housing. Akande is an example to be multiplied within Africa to overcome healh challenges by the continent sons and daughters.
I am confident that his approach will provide adapted, affordables, accessibles, cost-effectives and sustainables solutions for most of African’s public health issues related to housing.
All the best.
Dr Niang an AREF alumnus

author avatar by Dr El Hadji Amadou NIANG on 04-Mar-2018 19:12:24

I have known Dr. Femi Akande for over 40 years now. His passion has been focused on advocating for conducive habitat for the populace. This is often reflected in the various architectural designs I have seen him do both for public and private habitats. Going through his desertations I opine that he is so much interested in economically efficient and health-friendly habitats. I strongly believe that his further research works will elucidate his ingenuity along his multifaceted lines of interest.

author avatar by Pastor. Dr. STEPHEN ADEOYE on 06-Mar-2018 13:31:21

Great work done Sir. It is inspiring to see this innovative but needful research as it has the potential of causing a change in the perception of the influence a building design and construction can have on its occupants.
As the factors that influence the outbreak of diseases in Africa and in Nigeria to be specific can be related to the built environment. The influence of building architecture on the occupants well being and thermal comfort needs to be given a lot of attention.

author avatar by Zhiri Gabriel on 09-Mar-2018 05:38:00

This is indeed a great and an interesting research Dr Femi. Your passion to improve on the health and wellbeing of the people through the buildings that they live especially in Nigeria, is very inspiring and encouraging. Keep up the good work and well done.

author avatar by Abiodun Osaiyuwu on 09-Mar-2018 06:26:39

This is interesting, timely and trailblazing research. The research has a huge potential for further development. I will therefore recommend that Dr Akande and his co-researchers explore the possibility of collaborating research with relevant institutions in Nigeria and other developing countries, as well as funding opportunity from WHO, UNHabitat, Ministry Health and Environment, etc.

author avatar by Dr Theophilus A. Shittu on 09-Mar-2018 12:02:17

With an office that is only 2 rooms away from mine, I know that Dr Akande is very passionate about achieving his research goals. He’s got the tenacity to work long hours! His research is very relevant to Nigeria and most developing countries.

author avatar by Joseph Ukpata on 09-Mar-2018 15:21:39

An inspiring research indeed. This illustrates the need for collaborative research, so that our solutions of today does not become the problems of tomorrow’s generation. Well done sir…

author avatar by Cynthia on 09-Mar-2018 16:30:24

The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others, Well done Femi. I had the opportunity to work with you very closely.I believe you are the right person to do this challenging job. I am very hopeful your research will have a serious impact on the well being of Nigerian population.

author avatar by Saiful Islam Bhuiyan on 10-Mar-2018 20:46:53

Congratulation!
I have known Dr Akande for two months as a fellow in the University of Leeds. During those brief moments, I could easily perceive his passion for excellence in research and his passion to transfer excellence to others. I am not surprised at the numerous awards he has received and recognitions accrued to him. His particular interest in developing improved building designs that can aid better ventilation systems and its application to low-cost buildings in developing countries is of tremendous benefits, as it will help in better buildings for the ever-growing urbanized cities in Africa and the global south in general. It was great meeting you and I am sure the tells of your work will go far and beyond.

author avatar by Godwin Akpeimeh on 11-Mar-2018 15:58:34

Great research project with real impact – keep up the good work, Dr Oluwafemi Akande!
Very best wishes.

author avatar by Dami on 15-Mar-2018 10:12:07

Replying to Dami

Dr Akande is an Articulate person, this has influenced his research evidently. Building envelope and well-being is a niche that researchers avoid due to the intricacy involved in its execution. I’m proud of you Sir.

author avatar by Sulyman Zulaykha on 23-Mar-2018 15:35:49

As your PhD supervisor, I am very proud of the work you are doing and the inter-disciplinary collaborations you are developing in this important area of public health. And to see you inspiring an emerging generation of built-environment and health researchers in Nigeria, to think more holistically.

It would be interesting to explore / highlight further, links between public health and the sustainable design & heritage focus of your doctoral research. You already briefly mentioned related passive design / ventilation issues (from the loss of traditional vernacular architecture principles) in your article above…

Your commitment, creativity, rigour and continuous skills development are great to see. Keep up the good work – I expect to see you gain significant funding to lead your own major projects on the African continent shortly!

Best Wishes.

author avatar by Dr NezHapi-Dellé Odeleye on 21-Mar-2018 19:44:23

Dr. Akande is doing a great work by researching the impact of housing designs on the people’s health and vice versa. I believe that your works will make a lasting impression on the built-environment landscape of Nigeria and Africa in general. I would encourage any sponsoring agencies, governments, not-for-profit organizations corporate entities and individuals to fund your laudable and relevant research.

author avatar by Emmanuel Abati on 21-Mar-2018 22:19:28

The nexus of built science and disease control is novel and I like to commend Dr. Akande for leading this initiative. This field of research will definitely impact on policies to manage both health and environmental issues in the coming years. Great work.

author avatar by Samuel Olutuase on 10-Apr-2018 13:54:16

Within the little time i ve known Dr Akande, his passion for research couldnt go unnoticed through his gross involvement in the painstaking process of literature scrutiny for his supervisees, his unprecedented feat amongst his local counterparts therefore doesnt come as a surprise because its only a reward for commitment to genuine and original research which i ve noticed is fizzling out.i can only hope and pray that this collaboration between architecture and public health will open ground breaking discoveries that will subsequently improve the standards of living.

author avatar by JH Ebin on 12-Apr-2018 06:26:06

Winston Churchill’s aphorism that “We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us” underscores the great potentials in applying cutting edge engineering technology, information science and current knowledge on the built environment into research at the nexus of architecture and medicine. The multi-disciplinary approach is the future of groundbreaking research. Dr. Akande is well equipped to achieve success here. I admire his courage and wish him well.

author avatar by Emmanuel Olajide on 13-Sep-2018 10:27:21

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