Samuel Oboh

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Samuel Oboh
Samuel Oghale Oboh - Edmonton downtown
Born March 27, 1971
Lagos, Nigeria
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Architect
Awards IBI Group Team member, LEED Gold Award for South East Division Police Station Project in Edmonton

International Law Enforcement Academy Gaborone
Red Deer Civic Yards
Botswana Police College

Maun District Hospital

North Central Community Recreation Centre

Alberta at the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, Washington DC

Samuel Óghale Oboh (born March 27, 1971, Lagos, Nigeria) is a Canadian architect, manager, leader[1] and the 2015 President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.[2] As one of Canada’s prime architects – who leads and inspires passion for responsible architecture and excellence, Samuel Oboh is the first African-Canadian to be elected as President of the Alberta Chapter of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 2007.[3]

Early Life and Education[edit]

Samuel Oboh studied Architecture at the Bendel State University - now Ambrose Alli University for his bachelors degree where he emerged as the best graduating architecture student of his 1992 class.[4] He also earned a Master of Science degree in Architecture from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Alberta.[5]


As design architect, Samuel Oboh has worked on many significant projects while he was with FMA Architects Southern Africa, IBI Group and Kasian Architecture. He is a registered architect licensed in the state of Texas (USA),[6] in the province of Alberta (Canada), and previously in South Africa. His exemplary leadership is demonstrated through his unique contributions to projects such as the International Law Enforcement Academy in Botswana - Southern Africa for the Government of the United States of America, the Alberta Legislature Centre Redevelopment Master Plan where he led and contributed to capturing the spirit of Alberta’s most significant heritage site in variety of creative and innovative forms. Similarly, within a short time as Government of Canada – PWGSC Western Region’s prime architect, Samuel led the establishment of a new functional Architecture and Engineering Centre of Expertise aimed at strengthening the role of architecture in generating responsive, flexible, innovative, economical and fit-for-purpose solutions for tax payers.[7]

Samuel Oghale Oboh with Canada's Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall In Ottawa
Samuel Oghale Oboh chatting with 1998 - 2008 Botswana President Festus Mogae
Samuel Oghale Oboh with Fellows at the RAIC Gold Medal Receipient Ceremony with the Aga Khan
Samuel Oghale Oboh with Fellows at the RAIC Gold Medal Receipient Ceremony with the Aga Khan
Admin Block of the International Law Enforcement Academy in Otse designed by Samuel Oboh with FMA Architects

As an accomplished architect licensed in multiple jurisdictions, Samuel Oboh was recently named as one of the 15 most influential African - Canadians in 2013.[8] He was the Regional Director for Alberta and Northwest Territories with Architecture Canada from 2011 to 2014.[9]

With over 20 years of experience, Samuel Oboh, a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) leads a team of professional and technical experts as regional manager of the Architecture and Engineering Centre of Expertise with the Government of Canada.[10] He emigrated from Botswana to Canada in 2003 and shortly after, he jointly led the establishment of Canada’s first local chapter of the RAIC in Alberta, where he served as President in 2007/2008. During his tenure, Samuel led and championed many initiatives that raised the stature of architecture including the curation of Alberta Architecture as part of Alberta’s government presentation at the 2006 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC.[11]

Samuel Oboh has served as Visiting Lecturer to the department of Architecture at Durban University of Technology and the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He also served as a studio design critic / adjunct reviewer at the University of Calgary and Carlton University in Ottawa – Canada and was a Chartered Architect with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) from 2000-2007.[12][13]