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Recent trends in built environment practices have revealed major and sustained changes in the direction of economies of nations, society and the environment. Globalization, institutional and structural reforms, liberalization of global financial markets, changing economic policies, technological innovations and advancements; environmental sustainability, rapid urbanization, economic pressures and growth of emerging market economies are some of the key drivers of change in the structure, practices and overall functioning of the built environment. These issues are nonetheless important determinants of the future direction of the workings of our society as well as informing how we navigate that future.

The objectives of the conference therefore is to scrutinize these issues and examine the strategies that could be used to reinforce teaching, research, innovation and the overall knowledge and skill product delivery for the development of our society in general and the built environment profession in particular.



Drivers and dynamics of change in Architecture

  • History, housing, society and well-being
  • Internet of things, advances in technology, climate change and sustainable architecture
  • Global trends in architectural design, practice and built environment research
  • Built environment and the management of disabilities


Drivers and dynamics of change in Building and Construction

  • Sustainability in building maintenance practices and construction technology
  • Contemporary approaches to building service installations and management; innovative procurement methods and project governance issues
  • Sustainable building materials and construction
  • Assistive Technologies


Drivers and dynamics of change in Quantity Surveying and Construction Management

  • Application of BIM, e-procurement and ICT to construction professional practice and project delivery
  • Risk response strategies; public procurement; marketing dynamics and construction economy in the built environment
  • Ethical conduct, education, training, research and development in the built environment.



Drivers and dynamics of change in the Real Estate Market

  • Housing market projections and dynamics of housing development; technological innovations in corporate real estate and facilities management.
  • Land governance issues; institutional frameworks of real estate markets; real estate education and dynamics of industry needs
  • Innovative approaches to real estate finance and investment vehicles; risks and performancemeasurements; advances in valuation practice.


Drivers and dynamics of change in Surveying and Geo-informatics

  • Space and geo-spatial technological advancements as drivers of change in the built environment; dynamics of coastal environments
  • Curriculum response to advances in geo-spatial technologies; land tenure and land use dynamics


Drivers and dynamics of change in Urban Planning.

  • Urban governance, informal sector activities and, environmental management
  • Land use change and conflict management; contemporary approaches to planning issues
  • Border issues, urban mobility and population dynamics
  • Assistive living for the aged.


Drivers and dynamics of change in Visual Arts and Aesthetics

  • Visual literacy and positive aesthetics experience/attitude
  • Empirical and psychological approaches to the study of arts.
  • Artistic research and practice in visual arts.



This conference is targeted at researchers, practitioners, policy-makers in government parastatals and non-governmental organizations and all who are involved in research, innovation management, and knowledge and skill product delivery in the built environment.



Prof. Paul Olomolaiye
Pro Vice Chancellor & Executive Dean
Faculty of Environment and Technology
University of West of England,
Bristol, United Kingdom

Prof. Michael Adebamowo
Dean, Faculty of Environmental Sciences
University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria


For more information kindly visit http://jedm.oauife.edu.ng/edmic2019


Student Entrepreneurs from OAU advance to the Semi-Finals of the $1million Hult Prize Competition

Team Empower has emerged the winning team of the Hult Prize Oncampus Event in Obafemi Awolowo Univerisity along with runner-ups, Team Vanguard and Team Luminous.

Among a total of 122 registered teams, 93 teams participated in pitch deck submissions and 47 teams were eventually shortlisted to pitch their business ideas aimed at solving youth unemployment to a panel of 15 RockStar judges. The competition was stiff and exciting with students pitching all sort of ideas. Team Empower emerged the overall winner of the competition, closely followed by the runner-ups Team Vanguard and Team Luminous. The competition held on December 15 at the Obafemi Awolowo University.

Team Empower with their startup, Empower Health - aims to be the largest cloud storage of medical information in Africa by providing a platform for accessibility of health records across medical institutions in developed and underdeveloped communities, creating over 10,000 jobs for youths in Nigeria by 2024 in the process.

Team Vanguard with their startup, Vanguard Ag. – aims to be the largest producer and distributor of vegetable and mushroom in Africa by incorporating new innovative technology to ease quick distribution and proper storage, therefore, bridging the gap in the value chain from the point of production till it gets to the final consumer.

Team Luminous with their startup, Agrolite – is creating an alternative to formal education in modern Agricultural practices by training rural youths in their indigenous languages, ultimately creating over 10,000 meaningful jobs in less than a decade and contributing to the food basket in Nigeria and beyond.

The winning teams will go on to represent Obafemi Awolowo University at the regional finals(semi-finals) of the competition to get into the Hult Prize Accelerator and to get a chance to win the grand prize of $1,000,000

About the Hult Prize Foundation

The Hult Prize is a start-up accelerator for social entrepreneurship, which brings together the brightest college and university students from around the globe to solve the world’s most pressing issues in partnership with the United Nations. The annual initiative is the world’s largest student competition and crowd-sourcing platform with a grand prize of $1,000,000 awarded to the winning team at the United Nations by President Bill Clinton. Teams compete through different stages by pitching their business ideas solving the United Nation’s challenge for each year- the challenge for this year is “Youth Unemployment”. To know more about Hult Prize, visit www.hultprize.org.

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