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PROF. SAMUEL O. AFRAM
Samuel Afram joined the Department as a Teaching Assistant. He undertook his undergraduate degree in Architecture at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology BSc. (Design) in 1981. In 1984 he graduated with the Postgraduate Degree in Architecture in the same institution and was awarded the Frank Lloyd Wright prize for the Best Postgraduate Thesis on completion. After his Teaching Assistantship, he was appointed a Lecturer in October 1986. He then undertook a Masters degree in Housing at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the United Kingdom in 1993.
He has taught in the Department for over 26 years in Construction Technology, Housing and Architectural Design in both the Undergraduate and Postgraduate years, supervising numerous thesis works of students. His special area of study is Housing and Construction Technology. He was the former Co-ordinator of Postgraduate Programmes in the Department of Architecture. In professional life, he is a Fellow of the Ghana Institute of Architects GIA), a Representative of the Department on the Architects Registration Council (ARC), former President of the Kumasi Chapter of the GIA and a former Vice-President of the Ghana Institute of Architects (GIA). He also owns and run a registered architectural practice in Kumasi. He is presently the Head of Department.
- Fellow, Ghana Institute of Architects – FGIA
- Construction Technology
- Architectural Design
- Sustainable Design and Construction
- Properties of Construction Materials
- Traditional Ashanti Compound House
Selected Peer Reviewed Journal Publications
- Bangdome-Dery, A., Eghan, G.E., Afram, S.O. (2014): ‘’Overview of Self-help (self-build) housing provision in Ghana: Policies and Challenges. Journal of Developing Country Studies’’, Vol. 4, No. 6, published by The International Institute for Science Technology and Education (IISTE), 2014.
- Botchway, E., Afram, S.O., and Ankrah, J. (2014): ‘’Building Permit Acquisition: the Situation in the Kumasi Metropolis’’. Journal of Developing Country Studies, Vol. 4, No. 6, published by The International Institute for Science Technology and Education (IISTE), 2014.
- Amos-Abanyie, S., Afram, S.O., Olympio, G. (2013): ‘’Passive Design of Mass Housing Development in the Warm humid Regions of Ghana: A path to sustainable building Design’’. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa, Volume 15, No.8, 2013; Clarion, University of Pennsylvania.
- Afram, S.O., Korboe, D., (2009): ‘’Continuity, Utility and Change: The Urban Compound House in Ghana’’. Open House International Journal Vol. 34, 2009.
- Afram, S.O., Olympio, G.F.A. (2009): The Woes of a Strait-jacketed Central Business District: The Case study of Adum, Kumasi. Paper presented at International Conference on AFRICAN PERSPECTIVES 2009 CONFERENCE, September 2009, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
- Afram, S.O. (2008): ‘’Structural Failures of Artisanal-Built Roofs during Rainstorms in Ghana: Common Causes’’. Journal of the Building and Road Research Institute, Ghana. Vol.11, Dec. 2008, Pages 24-29.
- Amos-Abanyie, S., Afram S.O. (2008): ‘’Bioclimatic features of Vernacular Architecture of Nzulezu’’. Journal of the Building and Road Research Institute, Ghana. Vol.11, Dec. 2008, Pages 1-9.
- Afram, S.O. (2008): ‘’Some Common Causes of Parapet Roof Construction in Ghana: A Case Study from Kumasi’’. Journal of KNUST, Volume 28, No. 3, 2008.
- Afram, S.O., Owusu, S.E. (2006): “Design Innovations Towards Enhancing the Quality of Living in multi-storey Compound Housing for Low-Income Households in Kumasi, Ghana”. Journal of KNUST, Volume 26, No. 1, 2006.
Selected Peer Reviewed Conference Publications
- Afram, S.O. (2007): ‘’The Traditional Ashanti Compound House – A Forgotten Resource for Home Ownership of the Urban Poor”. Paper presented at International Conference on “African Architecture Today” 2007, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi Ghana.
- Afram, S.O.,Olympio, G.F.A. (2009): ‘’The Woes of a Strait-jacketed Central Business District: The Case study of Adum, Kumasi’’. Paper presented at International Conference on AFRICAN PERSPECTIVES 2009 CONFERENCE, September 2009, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
- Kwofie, T.E., Adinyira, E., Botchway, E., Afram, S.O., (2012): ‘’Determining Critical Project Success Criteria for Public Housing Projects (PHBPS) Delivery in Ghana’’. Proceedings of 4th West Africa Built Environment Research (WABER) Conference, 24-26 July 2012, Abuja, Nigeria, Pg 1-7.
- Ridge International School Library, (2000, completed)
- Proposed Playing Courts and Multi-purpose Sports complex for National Sports Council, Kumasi Sports stadium, 2002.
- Ridge International School Canteen, Kumasi (2003)
- 3-Star 30 Bedroom Hotel, Asokwa, Kumasi. (2003)
- 5 Storey Commercial/Office Complex, Asokwa (2005).
- 4 storey Commercial Plaza, Kasoa, 2005.
- Proposed Golden Jubilee Durbar / Parade Grounds for Upper West, Upper East, Northern, Brong Ahafo, Ashanti, Central, Eastern, Volta and Western regions of Ghana, 2006 for Ghana @ 50 Secretariat.
- Refurbishment of National Centre for Culture, Kumasi Cultural Centre, 2006-2007, for Ghana @ 50 Secretariat.(completed)
- Senior High School for Ridge School, Kumasi, 2010
- Supervision of the Construction of Bungalows for the Judiciary, Kumasi (Phase 1) –On-going. 2011.
- Proposed Anglican Eye Hospital, Asokore-Mampong, 2014
Samuel O. Afram (FGIA)
Head, Department of Architecture
College of Art and Built Environment
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Kumasi - Ghana
Mobile phone: +233 244 784443