AA School Of Architecture Tutor Stephen Ajadi Wins The 2023 Vice Chancellor’s Award

AA Tutor Stephen Ajadi Wins The 2023 Vice Chancellors Award 2048x1387 1

In a momentous achievement that underscores the intersection of academia and practical impact, Stephen Ajadi, Principal Partner of Ruban Office and an esteemed tutor at the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture, has been honored with the prestigious 2023 Vice Chancellor’s Award at the University of Cambridge.

Founded in 1847, the Architectural Association stands as the oldest independent school of architecture in the UK, renowned for its commitment to advancing contemporary design within the realms of culture, cities, and the environment. Emphasizing inclusivity, the school provides financial support to talented students, ensuring that one in five students benefits from scholarships, bursaries, or the AA Hardship Fund.

Stephen Ajadi’s recognition comes as a result of his groundbreaking research impact and engagement, making him a recipient of the highest accolade for research impact at the University of Cambridge. This achievement highlights the significance of his contributions to the field of architecture. Additionally, Stephen was bestowed with the 2023 Cambridge Society for the Application of Research (CSAR) Prize for the most outstanding PhD thesis, underscoring his commitment to research excellence.

The focus of Stephen’s research delved into the spatial impact of extreme conflict and violence on open spaces in Nigeria and the Sahel region. His study, which included the largest ethnographic study ever conducted in a volatile African city, comprised over 7000 physical interviews.

Over the past four years, Stephen Ajadi has led an unprecedented set of ethnographic studies in one of Africa’s most unstable cities, conducting nearly 7000 physical interviews in all its neighborhoods, and two large open markets in another city facing similar risks. His work, pushing the boundaries of knowledge in conflict theory, methodology, and policy, has already demonstrated its significance.

The findings of Stephen’s research have unearthed critical spatial and policy gaps, providing practical strategies for engagement. Implementation of these strategies has already begun on a small scale in Nigeria, with recommendations for broader impact.

The acknowledgment of Stephen Ajadi’s work not only reinforces his dedication to advancing architectural research but also reflects the commitment of the AA School in nurturing innovative ideas that challenge and shape the future of architecture. As Stephen continues to make strides in his field, the recognition from the University of Cambridge serves as a testament to the impactful and far-reaching contributions emerging from the Architectural Association.

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