The department of architecture was established in 1986 as one of the six departments in the school of environmental technology (SET). The first head of department was Dr. G. C. Nsude who was there until 1996. Professor O. Solanke took over in December 1996. Prof. (Mrs) S. N. Zubairu was appointed head of department in July 1999 and handed over to Dr. A. A. Muhammad-Oumar in September 2006. The current head of department Dr. R. E. Olagunju took over the helms of affairs in October 2011.


The philosophy of the department of Architecture is “Creativity and Technology in Cultural Context.” It takes cognizance of the symbiotic nature of the university’s philosophy, the rich cultural heritage of Nigeria and lays emphasis on producing architects who should possess enough scientific, technical and professional know how so as to be versatile in all aspects of protection, management and responsive design of the environment. Such architects-in-making should graduate to be job creators and not seekers. The realization of these ideals in modern context is enhanced by the courses offered by the department which includes courses in computer-aided architectural design.


The vision of the programme is to train world class professionals in the field of architecture for the national building industry.


The department of Architecture will explore all available human, technical and material resources at its disposal to create a functional and conducive learning environment so that graduates from the department can contribute and function properly in the construction industry and society at large.


(a) The departmental programme aims at giving a high quality of scientific, technological and professional training which is capable of producing architects who can understand and solve complex environmental problems not in a limited capacity as architects.

(b) In addition it emphasises the infusion in students of how to rediscover, employ and further develop Nigeria’s rich architectural heritage in terms of design, use of materials, technology, technique and socio-cultural factors:


The activities of the department are primarily based on lecturing of both the undergraduate students and post graduate students. The graduation statistics of the year under review is presented in the table below.





Post graduate Diploma

0  ( new programme)


B-Tech Architecture



M-Tech Architecture






The staff of the department has various researches going on in their area of specialisations some of which are towards the award of PhD while some are for publication in journals and conference proceedings.

The table below is the list of Academic staff in the department and their area of specialisations.








Prof. (Mrs) S.N. Zubairu



B.Arch, M.Sc, PhD, mnia

Facilities Management


Dr. A.A. Muhammad-Oumar


Snr. Lecturer

B.Sc, M.Sc, PhD, mni, fnia

Urban & Architectural Morphology


Dr. R. E. Olagunju


Snr. Lecturer

B.Sc, M.Sc, PhD, mnia

Building Maintenance & Landscape Design


Arc. P. B.Haruna


Snr. Lecturer

B. Tech, M. Tech mnia

Human Settlement Studies


Arc. A. I. Anunobi


Lecturer I

B. Sc, M. Sc, mnia

Law of building contract & Administration


Arc J. U. Aniya


Lecturer I

B. Sc, M. Sc, mnia

Building Materials & Construction Technology


Salihu Yusuf


Lecturer I

B. Sc, M. Sc

Site planning &  Landscape Architecture


Maryam Yelwa


Lecturer I

B. Tech, M. Tech

Landscape Arch & Waste Management


C. Y. Makun


Lecturer I

B. Tech, M. Tech

Design & Construction Tech


Arc.P. Ayuba


Lecturer I

B. Tech, M. Tech, mnia

Landscape Architecture


Arc.A. Salawu


Lecturer I

B. Arch, mnia



M. I. Bashir


Lecturer I

B.A, M.A

Graphics & Art Education


O. F. Adedayo


Lecturer I

B. Tech, M. Tech

Housing customization


Arc.L. A. T. Lawal


Lecturer I

B. Tech, M. Tech, mnia

Housing &  Construction Technology


Arc .M.E.



Lecturer I

B. Tech, M. Tech, mnia

Design & Construction Technology


Arc.I. B. Muhammad


Lecturer I

B. Tech, M. Tech, mnia

Landscape Architecture & CADD


O. A. Olaniyan


Lecturer I

B. Sc., M. Sc.

Architectural Engineering & Building Structures


Arc.A. D. Isah


Lecturer II

B. Tech, M. Tech, mnia

Project Design & Management


I. Tauheed


Lecturer II

B. Sc, M. Sc

Public Buildings


S. K. Gana


Lecturer II

B. Tech, M. Tech

Human Settlements


A. M. Sani


Lecturer II

B. Tech, M. Tech

Building Structures


Arc.C. J. Eze


Lecturer II

OND, B. Sc., M. Sc

Design & Construction Technology


A. S. Alfa


Lecturer II

Dip, B.A, MFA

Freehand Sketching & Painting


Oyetola  S. A


Ast Lecturer

B. Tech, M. Tech

Landscape Architecture


Adebisi G. O


Ast Lecturer

B. Tech, M. Tech

Building Construction

Below are also some publications by some member of staff in department of architecture

1 Zubairu, S. N. (2007). “Management of Facilities in Schools of Architecture in Nigeria,” AARCHES J -Journal of the Association of Architectural Educators in Nigeria, vol 6, no.2, June, pp 32-38

2. Zubairu, S. N. & Olagunju, R. E.(2012). “Post Occupancy Evaluation of some selected Secondary Schools in Minna,” Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development, vol. 3, no.7, pp112-119

3. Zubairu, S.N, Abdulrahman, M.E, Ayuba, P. & Adedayo, O.F (2012). “A Study of Listing of Buildings and Monuments in Nigeria,” Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development, vol. 3, no.7, pp89-99

4. Olagunju, R. E., Ayuba, P., Akande, O.K. and Aremu S. C. (2007). Urbanisation and Urban Environment: The Implication of Urbanisation on the Sustainability of Environmental Quality in Nigerian Cities, Aarches Journal, Vol. 6, No 1, Minna, PP.33-37

5. Ayuba, P., Olagunju, R.E., Aremu, S. C. and Akande, O.K (2007). Architect’s Role Towards Achieving Effective Environmental Sanitation in Urban Cities of Nigeria, Aarches Journal, Vol. 6, No 2, Minna, PP.26-30

6. Ayuba, P., Olagunju, R. E. and Akande, O.K. (2007). Architectural Education and Research: A Responsive Tool To Contemporary Challenges In Architectural Practice, Aarches Journal, Vol. 6, No 3, Minna, PP.36-40

7. Akande, O. K., Olagunju, R. E. and Ayuba, P. (2007). Towards A New Admission Policy Into Schools of Architecture: A rethink for Architectural Educators, Aarches Journal, Vol. 6, No 1, Minna, PP.89-97

8. Olagunju, R. E. (2012). Sustainability of Residential Buildings in Nigeria: an Appraisal of the Factors that Influence Maintenance of Residential Buildings’ Standards, Journal of Civil and Environmental Research, Vol. 2(4), pp20-29

9. Adedayo O.F. (2009): Crisis of Identity in Mass Housing in Niger State, Nigeria: A case of Collaborative Customization . International Journal of Architecture Environment. Vol.1, No.2, Zaria. (Pp 42-48)

10. Adedayo O.F. (2011): Housing Design and its Socio-Cultural Impact on the Society: A Case study of selected estates in Minna, Niger state, Nigeria. Centre for Human Settlements and Urban Development Journal Vol.2, No.1, Minna

11. Adedayo, O.F. (2012): Post-Constructional Changes in Housing Units in Mass Housing Estates in Niger State: A Case for Housing Customization. Interdisciplinary Journal of Contemporary Research in Business, ISSN 2073-7122, IJCRB June Edition 2012–IJCRB Vol .4, No. 2.

12. Adedayo, O.F. (2012): User Participation in Housing Unit Provision in Kwara State Nigeria: A Basis for Sustainable Design in Mass Housing Design. Interdisciplinary Journal of Contemporary Research in Business, ISSN 2073-7122, IJCRB June Edition 2012–IJCRB Vol .4, No. 2.

13. Adedayo, O.F. (2012): Mass Housing in Nigeria, Customize the Brief: Provide a Desired House. Civil and Environmental Research Journal, ISSN 2222-1719, Vol .4, No. 2.

14.Anunobi A.I. (2010) – A Demographic study of Building Construction Artisans in Niger State, North Central Nigeria. Published in Journal of Environmental Sciences, University of Jos Vol.13 No.1 (2010).

15.Anunobi A.I. (2010) – Review of some Concepts in Integrated Architectural Education and Practice. Published in Journal of Environmental Sciences, University of Jos Vol.13 No.2 (2010).

16.Anunobi A.I. and Idiake J.E. (2010) – Residential Security in an Age of insecurity; The Role of the Architect. To be Published in Journal of Environmental Sciences, University of Jos Vol.14 No.1 (2010). (Letter of Acceptance enclosed).

17. J.E. and Anunobi A.I. (2010) – Building Designers, Construction and User Safety. To be published in Journal of Environmental Sciences, University of Jos Vol.14 No.1 (2010). (Letter of Acceptance enclosed).

18.Isah, A.D. (2008): Impact of building decay on Urban Environment, A case study of housing estates in Minna. (Duncan Journals of Environmental Research and Policies, vol.3 no3. 2008 pp68-95.)

19.Isah, A.D. (2008): Manifestation of Slums a Threat to Urbanization. (Duncan Journals of Environmental Research and Policies, vol.3 no4. 2008 pp22-26.)

20.Isah, A.D. (2009): Importance of Effective Supervision in Project Management. (Journals of Science and Industrial Policies, vol.1 no1. 2009 pp86-92.) Pub. International Institute for Resarch and Advance Studies.

21.Amadi A. N., Eze C. J., Igwe C. O., Okunlola I. A. & Okoye N. O.(2012), Architect's and Geologist's View on the Causes of Building Failures in Nigeria Journal of Modern Applied Science; Published by Canadian Centre of Science and Education, 6(6), 31-38.

22.Amadi, A. N., Nwankwoala, H. O., Eze, C. J., Alkali, Y. B., and Waziri, S. H. (2012), A Review of Waste Management Techniques in parts of Niger Delta, Nigeria, Centre for Human Settlements and Urban Development Journal (CHSUDJ), 3 (1) June, 98 – 108.

23. Eze, C. J., (2012). Architectural Students’ Poor Academic Performance: Causes and its Effects for the Career Architect in Nigeria, Environmental Technology and Science Journal, 5 (1), 63-74.

24.P. Ayuba, & O.F. Adedayo (2008): Fire Precautionary Design Measures in Nigerian Public Buildings. (INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, Vol. 4. No. 3. 2008)

25.Adedayo, O. F. & Ayuba, Philip (2008): Provision of Designated Refuse Sites within Residential Area: An Overlook of Minna, Niger State. (JOURNAL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH, Vol. 7. No. 2. 2008)

26.Adedayo, O. F. & Ayuba, Philip & Adeoye, D.O.(2008): Computer Network Security and its Implication in Nigerian Tertiary Education. (JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN PHYSICAL SCIENCES, Vol. 4. No.1. 2008)

27.P. Ayuba, & O.F. Adedayo (2008): Concept of Green Architecture in the Design of Residential Building for Energy Efficiency Initiatives. ( JOURNAL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH Vol. 7. No. 4. 2008)

28.Ayuba, P. & Adedayo (2008): Effect of Construction Waste Materials on the Environment.(JOURNAL OF SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL STUDIES Vol. 6. No. 2. 2008)

29. Lawal, L.A.T., Aniya, J.U. & Tauheed, I.A. (2007) “Capacity building for the training of undergraduate architecture students in the 21stCentury: A Case of FUT Minna “in AARCHES Journal Vol. 6, 2 June,2007; Pp 78 – 84.

30.Lawal, L.A.T. & Abdulrahman, M.E. (2007)“Teaching business skills to architecture students: A Case forCurriculum Change” in AARCHES Journal Vol.6, 3.September, 2007, Pp 49 – 54.

31. Abdulrahman, M.E., & Lawal, L.A.T. (2007) “Use of Computers as Students in Nigeria” in AARCHES Journal Vol. 6, 2 June 2007, pp 106 – 109.

32. Tauheed, I.A., Aniya, J.U. & Lawal, L.A.T. (2007) “Intelligent Buildings: Buildings as Robots” in AARCHES Journal. Vol.6, 3 September 2007, pp 93 – 98.

33.Abdulrahman, Mukaila Elhussaini (2009): The Challenges of Urbanisation in Nigeria. Journal of Environmental Studies and Policy Analysis, (JESPA), 2(1). Pp 128 – 138

34.Bashir, M.L. Abdulrahman, M.E. and Alfa, A.S. (2009): Neglect of Artists in Urban City Beatification: A case study of Minna. Journal of Art and Strategy Studies, (JASS), 2(1). Pp 138 – 148

35.Bashir, M. Lawal. “The challenges of Architectural Education in the 21st century: The role ofArts”. International Journal of Environmental Science Vol. 4, No. 3. 2008. pp. 8 – 12

36.Bashir, M. Lawal. “The methodology of Teaching Drawing to develop students Artistic Creative Abilities”. Journal of Environmental Research and Policies. Vol. 3. No. 2. 2008. pp. 39 – 43.

37.Bashir, M. Lawal. “Artistic Creative Abilities: Panacea for Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence in Architectural Design”. Journal of Environmental Research and Policies. Vol. 3. No 4. 2008. pp. 1 – 6

38.Bashir, M. Lawal. “Councelling for Manager’s of Examinations in Nigerian Higher Institutions: For Conducting a Fraud-Free Examination”. International Journal of Educational Research and Administration. Vol. 5, No. 4, 2008, pp. 59 – 62.

39.Bashir, M. Lawal. “Supportive Learning Environments: Panacea for Fostering Artistic Creativity Among Budding Architects to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century”. International Journal of Environmental Science. Vol. 4, No. 3, 2008, pp.69 – 71.

40.Muhammad, I .B (2010) : Bio-Mimicry: An Inspiration To Design and Environmental Problems, Centre For Human Settlements And Urban Development Journal, Federal University of Technology Minna (CHSUDJ) vol.1.No1 Minna (pp 27-37).

41.Isa, A.D. & Muhammad I. B (2011): The Effect of Road Construction on the Environment:-A Case Study of GRA and Keteren Gwari, Minna, Nigerian Journal of Construction Technology and Management, vol. 2, Jos, Nigeria(pp 44-49 ).

42. Muhammad I. B. (2012): The Architect’s Contribution towards the Development of Sustainable Cities in Nigeria: Environmental Technology and Science Journal Federal University of Technology Minna, vol.5 No.1 Minna (pp 1-9)

43. Idowu, O. O., and Olaniyan, O. A. (2009). An assessment of the changing phases of Minna city centre, Archisearch International Journal of Architecture and Environment, 1 (2), 34-41

44. Olaniyan, O. A., and Idowu, O. O. (2010). Rental housing and crime perception in Bosso town of Minna metropolis, Niger state, Centre for Human Settlements and Urban Development Journal (CHSUDJ), 1 (1), 16 – 26

45. Ogunbode, E. B., Isa, R. A., Hassan, O., and Olaniyan, O. A. (2011). The impact of construction waste on the environment, Journal of Geography, Environment and Planning, 7 (1), 78-84

46. Olaniyan, O. A. (2011). Computer Aided Design (CAD) in descriptive geometry: towards improving students’ competences, Environmental Technology and Science Journal, 4 (1), 114-124

47. Olaniyan, O. A. (2010). Articulating material language: shape design and bamboo grid shell structures, Nigerian Journal of Construction Technology and Management, 11

48. Olaniyan, O. A. (2010). Experimenting with paper based models: electrically controlled geometric translation for coherent visualization, Journal of Nigerian Association of Teachers of Technology, 7 (3)

49. Gana, S.K. (2007). Sustainable Building Construction: The Need to Equip Students of Architecture with Technological Innovations in Building with Earth. AARCHES Journal Vol 6(1), 68-71.

50.Goshi, S. K. (2012). Analysis of the Functional Requirements of Domestic Kitchens in Minna, Niger State, Nigeria. Environmental Technology and Science Journal vol 5 (1)

51.Goshi, S. K. (2012). Post Occupancy Evaluation of Affordable Mass Housing Estate, Karshi Abuja, Nigeria CHSUD Journal of Settlement Research and Development. Vol 3 ( 1).


A minimum Credit is required at the School Certificate or GCE ordinary level in the following subjects:

English Language


Physics plus

Any two of the following subjects, Fine Art, Technical Drawing, Economics, Geography Admission into architectural programme may be through any of the following means:

(a) UME Entry Requirement

Candidates who have successfully completed the Senior School Certificate and obtained five O-level credits in Mathematics, Physics, English and any two of the following subjects: Chemistry, Technical drawing, Economics, Geography, Building Construction, Fine Art and Surveying. Normal admission should be through acceptable pass at the Entrance examination organized by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). Candidates, who pass the five required subjects of Maths, Physics, Chemistry, English, and Geography or Biology with a minimum of C grade from the School of Remedial Studies of this university, may also be considered for admission. Candidates so admitted commence at the 100 level of the programme. Chemistry, Geography, Biology, Economics, Fine Arts and Technical Drawing

(b) DIRECT Entry Requirement

A candidate who fulfils ordinary level requirements and in addition holds a National

Diploma (ND) or Higher National Diploma (HND) certificate in Architectural Technology at credit level will be considered for direct entry admission into the 200 level or 300 level of the programme respectively.

A candidate who fulfils ordinary level requirements and who has obtained GCE Advanced level or equivalent passes in Mathematics and Physics, and Mathematics or Physics and any other subject may also be admitted at the 200 level of the programme.

The duration for Bachelor of Technology (B-Tech.) is 5years while a Master of Technology (M-Tech.) is 18months.

(C.) PGD Entry Requirement

Candidates seeking admission into the programme should have the following:

a) Five O’level credits (WAEC/NECO) credit passes in Mathematics, English, Physics and any two (2) of Geography, Biology, Chemistry, Technical drawing, Economics & Further mathematics.

And should posses any of the following

B.Tech in Architecture
ii. 3RD Class Degree in Architecture or related field.

Iii HND in Architecture from a recognized Polytechnic or College of Technology with a minimum of Lower Credit.

N.Y.S.C/Exemption letter is also a prerequisite for admission.


The academic staffs of the department have been engaged in various developmental activities and as a result two staff were promoted from lecturer II to lecturer I. The department also had additional three staff that passed their professional examination with Nigerian Institute of Architects.


The department is open to consultancy services in its area of expertise which is Architecture, CADD, Landscape Architecture, Project Management, and Housing.


The department had two PhD candidates who successfully made their research proposal presentations to school of postgraduate studies, result of which has been approved by the Senate.

Dr. R. E. Olagunju

Head of Department