Nnamdi Elleh Landscape Architecture Department Chair Candidate Presentation
Nnamdi Elleh is a finalist for the position of chair of the Iowa State University Department of Landscape Architecture. He will visit campus March 26-28. His public presentation will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, March 27, in room 0416 Design, followed by a discussion/question-and-answer period. Those who attend the public presentation are asked to fill out an evaluation form and submit it by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, to Linda Galvin in the Administrative Services Office, 146 Design, or Jenn Wiederin in the Dean’s Office, 134 Design.
Elleh currently is a professor of architecture, history and theory in the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. He coordinates the Master of Science and PhD programs in architecture. Research interests include modern architecture as a set of diverse, multi-centered, regional and localized experiences in different parts of the world; art, architecture, public space and politics as examined in his recent book, Architecture and Politics in Nigeria: The Study of Late-Twentieth Century Enlightenment-Inspired Modernism in Abuja, 1900-2016 (Routledge, 2016). He also studies vernacular modernism(s), architecture, tourism and environmental resources.
Elleh also is the author of African Architecture: Evolution and Transformation (McGraw Hill, 1996); Abuja, Nigeria: The Single Most Ambitious Urban Design Project of the 20th Century (Verlag Und Datenbank Fur Geisteswissenschaften, 2001); Architecture and Power in Africa (Praeger, 2002); and editor of Reading the Architecture of the Underprivileged Classes (Ashgate Publishing House, 2014). He is at work on Modern and Contemporary Architecture in Africa: Concepts, Historiography, and Theories of Sustainable Environmental Design (W.W. Norton, forthcoming).
Elleh holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics (1985) and a Master of Architecture (1994) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a PhD in art history (20th-century architecture with a focus on Africa) (2002) from Northwestern University. He studied post-apartheid nationalist-inspired architecture in South Africa as a Fulbright Teaching-Research Scholar at the University of Cape Town in 2011-2012. He is a member of the Society of Architectural Historians, the African Studies Association and the College Art Association.