Architect, O2 Architecture Inc., Edmonton, Alberta. Born: Lagos, Nigeria.
Samuel Oboh is a Canadian architect and the 2007-2008 President of the Alberta Chapter of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He is a registered architect licensed in the state of Texas (USA), in the province of Alberta, and in South Africa.
Samuel developed a love of architecture, sustainable design, and the environment early in his life. He completed his training and education at the University of Alberta (MA in Communication and Technology, 2010) and at the Department of Architecture of Bendel State University (now Ambrose Alli University), with a second class honours upper division class in 1992; a feat that earned him the University’s best graduating architecture student award. He continued at the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria where he obtained his Masters degree in Architecture in 1996. After his graduate studies in architecture, Samuel worked on numerous prestigious architectural projects in North America and Southern Africa.
Some of the recent projects Samuel worked on include the Alberta Legislature Centre re-development; the Edmonton Federal Building; the Palisades Stewardship Education Centre in Jasper National Park; the Botswana Police College project; South East Division Police Station in Edmonton; Caritas Continuing Care Centre in Edmonton; Federal Palace Hotel (Victoria Island); the International Law Enforcement Academy (Gaborone); and a host of other projects.
Affiliations: LEEDTM Accredited Professional (accredited by the United States Green Building Council); a member of the American Institute of Architects; the Cape Institute for Architecture (Cape Town, South Africa); the South African Institute for Architecture; the Alberta Association of Architects; and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He was also a chartered member of the UK-based Royal Institute of British Architects (2000-2007).
Favourite book? Giving by Bill Clinton. It inspires readers to act and change the world – even if it is in a small way.
Favourite quote? “Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine.” – Mario Fernandez
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Create a viable economic and infrastructural system that works for all African countries, and promote the innovations that are bred in Africa to the world.
What inspires you? Nature.
Why do you do what you do? As an architect, I do what I do in order to make a difference in people’s lives. I solve problems everyday and I love to make life more comfortable for everyone by designing facilities that will make our world a better place.