Oluwabunmi Fayiga

Mentor: Dr. Donna Cohen
College of Design, Construction, and Planning
"The best way to learn about things that interest you is to find out as much information about the subject as possible. With research, you can ask as many questions as you wish, and you will work to answer your own questions. Sometimes things don't happen how one wishes, but the process if the beauty of research. There are a plethora of experiences you will have with research. With architecture, research can bring us all to find better ways to live comfortably and more beautifully."




African Studies

Research Interests

  • African Studies
  • African Architecture
  • African Architectural Education

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program 2015-2016
  • Titletown Gator Club Scholarship
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship
  • Arthur Bleen Anderson Scholarship
  • Fulbright Hays/Yoruba GPA Summer Program


  • National Organization for Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)
  • College of Design, Construction and Planning Ambassadors (DCPA)
  • American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)


  • First Assembly of God's Children Church Volunteer
  • Shands Hospital VolunTEEN Program
  • Campus Clean Up

Hobbies and Interests

  • Pattern Making
  • Dancing
  • Traveling
  • Music

Research Description

African Architectural Education in African Countries

In the summer of 2014, I will be going to Nigeria. I will be able to visit several Architecture schools, to photograph work, and to interview students and faculty there, and to make this material part a 2015 architectural exhibit. Nigeria is an intense place for architecture and urbanism currently, as it experiences tremendous growth. The material I gather will create a more successful exhibition for the University of Florida, especially the College of Design, Construction, and Planning. While being hands on with this architect, I will be able to gain information about where African architects are headed, and where the future is beginning to lead the continent’s buildings. Using this research, I plan to be a presenter at the Carter Conference in 2015 to share the research I have gathered.