The jury is made up of 5 (five) members, all of whom have already obtained qualifications aimed at by the participants. This group is representative of the architectural community, who are capable of delivering fair, professional, and expert decisions by evaluating how well participant’s meet the overall goals of the competition and complete the requirements of the submission package. Some of these metrics include: design, cost effectiveness, performance analysis, and technical documentati

Dr. Brian R. Sinclair, PhD DrHC FRAIC AIA (Intl)

Dr. Brian R. Sinclair, PhD DrHC FRAIC AIA (Intl) is a Professor of Architecture + Environmental Design, and former Dean, at the University of Calgary’s School of Architecture, Planning + Landscape. Brian is president of sinclairstudio inc., a multi-disciplinary design|research corporation engaged in an array of global projects.  He holds postgraduate degrees in architecture and psychology.  An educator and practitioner, Sinclair`s expertise and explorations span from science to art.  Professional memberships include American Institute of Architects, Union of Mongolian Architects, Society of Nepalese Architects, Council for Tall Buildings + Urban Habitat, and Fellowship in the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. His doctoral degree (University of Missouri) focused on an innovative holistic design + planning framework to improve quality of life for some of world’s poorest people.  Scholarship includes professional practice, design methods, open building, agile architecture, strategic planning, integrated design, environmental psychology, international development, systems & sustainability, and the collision of science + spirit

Samuel Óghale Oboh

Samuel Óghale Oboh  is a Canadian architect, manager, leader and the 2015 President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Oboh is the first African-Canadian to be elected as President of the Alberta Chapter of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 2007. In 2015, Alberta Venture named him as one of the Top 50 Most Influential People in Alberta. In 2016, Oboh assumed a diplomatic role in Canada with his appointment as the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Botswana in Canada. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Samuel Oboh studied architecture at the Bendel State University – now Ambrose Alli University – for his bachelor’s degree (B.Sc) and he earned a Master of Science degree in architecture from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. He graduated from the  University of Alberta with a Master of Arts where he was a recipient of the Herbert Marshall McLuhan Graduate Student Award

Chika Daniels-Akunekwe, PhD(c)

Chika Daniels-Akunekwe, PhD(c) is a Teaching & Research Assistant in the School of Architecture, Planning + Landscape in the University of Calgary.  She is being supervised for her PHD by Dr. Brian Sinclair. Chika, together with her husband, are CEOs/Presidents of 3volution Homes Group Inc. (a land development, real estate purchase and sales, and digital marketing business), and franchise owners of InXpress (a Calgary-based global shipping and logistics business). Chika’s professional experience spans the fields of Architecture, Planning, Investment, Private Equity, and Research. Her Doctoral specialization in Social Housing Policy has afforded her the opportunity to both publish and present papers on related issues (including architectural design, architectural phenomenology, stakeholder engagement and social housing integration) across Canada and internationally. Chika studied Architecture at Olabisi Onabanjo University (O.O.U) in Nigeria for her bachelor’s degree and earned a Masters of Architecture, Planning + Urban Design from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. The recipient of numerous awards and scholarships at various levels academically and professionally, Chika brings a wealth of knowledge to every role.  

James Inedu_George

James Inedu_George, is an architect and Design Director of HTL practicing internationally from Nigeria, Dubai, Melbourne and South Africa, where his immediate focus is on Innovative Sustainable Solutions and Future Cities. He is a nominee for the prestigious Rolex Mentor and Protégé architecture initiative, and a TedX Speaker amongst other things. James has also been invited to lecture at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Cape Town, Department for International Development (DFID), University of Lagos, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, the Venice Bienalle, Sanegbaa Show in Ghana, The Ghana Institute of Architects 2018, The Nigerian Institute of Architects 2015, University of Florida, The Africa Centre of the University of Florida, Miami International University, and the University of Southern California, etc. James also periodically writes a column in the online magazine, YNaija, where he writes a series of letters to the president about how architecture can help solve the economic issues in Africa and beyond, and runs a weekly ideas podcast called An African Conquering the World. His current interests revolve on the multilayering of City Space and how the infrastructure of the city can be invaded and interrupted with architecture, and mining typologies for Affordable Futuristic Constructions, from traditional African Architecture for Global use.

Stephen Inji Makama

Architect * Unpublished Author * Doting dad + husband * Possibilist


  • Specializes in ‘Mud Architecture’, with an advanced knowledge of compressed earth brick technology
  • (CEB or CSEB) with a recent partiality to rammed earth tech
  • Innovative Architect driven to push creative limits by experimenting with cutting edge design concepts and exploration of alternative earthen walling systems.
  • Twice consulted for GIZ (Nigeria) on empowering CEB artisans and practitioners in Jos, Nigeria
  • Day job for 13 years teaching Polytechnic Diploma I & II students in architectural technology
  • Theoretically:
  • A proponent of Generative African Architecture currently researching the possible synergy between the Fractal concept of African traditional settlement & the contemporary informal African settlement morphologies
  • Floated the ‘Ambient Toilet’ concept to augment the lack of accessible conveniences / restroom in an African setting
  • Summary
  • He is a motivated self-starter with a purpose driven mindset and orientation.


  • He is married with three boys and enjoys reading, cycling hiking, baking, watching movies and the outdoors.
  • Stephen is currently embarking on his PhD at the Department of Geography & Environmental Development at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.


Daniela Gusman

Daniela Gusman is the Founder and Executive Director of rise international – a non-profit social enteprise that focuses on economic development through job creation, skills development and entrepreneurship specifically in the built environment by linking aspiring African entrepreneurs with essential resources needed in order for their enterprises to flourish.

Daniela is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of professional experience in the private sector as well as the international development sector. She has worked extensively throughout Europe, Australia, Africa and the USA in International Sales & Marketing, PR, Business Development and Social Entrepreneurship.  She has provided strategic growth planning for companies, designed and launched social enterprises and led diverse teams in various sectors from educational services, manufacturing to corporate B2B events.


Emmanuel and Pamela Gye

Jinkai Initiative was conceived by Emmanuel and Pamela Gye from their passion and desire to ease the challenges faced by the most vulnerable in society. They are a Nigerian-Canadian couple who were born in the Jos area of Plateau State, Nigeria. The design competition was borne out of a desire to sustainably address some of the challenges faced by the internally displaced persons (IDP’s) through harnessing the creativity of Nigerian youths. The couple plan to work with development partners like Rotary International, local not for profits and various tiers of government in Nigeria to translate the designs into homes which will alleviate the trauma and suffering of the IDPs.