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Nnamdi Elleh

Title: Associate Professor
Office: 7280A Daa Addition
Tel: 513-556-0945

Nnamdi Elleh is Associate Professor of Architecture, History and Theory at the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP), University of Cincinnati. He was trained as an architect at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and he received his Ph.D. in art history from Northwestern University. Elleh was a Fulbright Teaching-Research Scholar at the University of Cape Town to study post-apartheid nationalist inspired architecture in South Africa (Jan - Aug 2012); a Visiting Architectural Historian at the School of Architecture, University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 2008; a recipient of the Samuel Kress and Graham Architectural Foundation grant; a Samuel Ittleson Pre-Doctoral Fellow (2000-2002) at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art (CASVA), Washington, D.C.; and recipient of the Outstanding Junior Faculty Award at the University of Cincinnati in 2003. His books in architecture include African Architecture, Evolution and Transformation (McGraw Hill, 1996), the first comprehensive text on African architecture from antiquity to the present; Architecture and Power in Africa (Praeger, 2002), and Abuja: The Single Most Ambitious Urban Design Project of the 20th Century (VDG, 2001). He is working on a book titled Modern and Contemporary Architecture in Africa (W. W. Norton, 2013), and he has contributed to several national and international exhibitions. Current research interests are modern architecture as diverse, multi-centered, regional and localized experiences in different parts of the world; the relationships between traditional architecture, technological transformations and changes in social and spatial experiences; vernacular modernism(s), architecture, environment, and tourism, and the role of capitalism (agriculture, mining and primary industries) in the production of the built environment. Published articles include "Perspectives on the Architecture of Africa's Underprivileged Urban Dwellers," in Social Dynamics, Vol. 37, No. 1; "Abuja, the International Congress for Modern Architecture (CIAM), and Global Architectural History," in Who Knows Tomorrow. Elleh's interdisciplinary work also explores the relationships between modern and contemporary art and architecture. His essays on art and architecture include "Bearden's Dialogue with Africa and the Avant-Garde," in The Art of Romare Bearden (2003), and Embracing the Muse, Africa and African American Art, New York: Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, 2004.

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Research Interests

• Modern Architecture as Diverse, Multi-Centered, Regional and Localized Experiences in Different Parts of the World • History, Theory and Criticism(s) of Architecture in Global Perspective(s) • Nationalist Architecture and Urban Design as Metaphors of Power and Economic Development • Post-Colonial Theory • The Relationships between Culture, Traditional Architecture, Technological Innovations, and Changes in Social and Spatial Experiences • Vernacular Modernism(s), Architecture, Tourism and the Environment as Resource • The Role of Capitalism (Agriculture, Mining and Primary Industries) in the Production of the built Environment.