Chinwe Ohajuruka is a green architect who has developed an innovative approach to tackling issues of housing, and sustainability in Nigeria. By designing affordable houses that use natural ventilation and solar energy, and can be built in only 12 weeks, Chinwe provides sustainable housing that tackles Nigeria’s water, energy and sanitation crises, while confronting global climate change issues.
In 2012, Chinwe founded Comprehensive Design Services (CDS), a Green housing company, which uses her architectural designs to provide innovative housing for Nigerian families, relocating them from their previous, unsatisfactory living conditions.
Her Masters of Architecture from Heriot-Watt University, gained through a Chevening Scholarship in 1991, paved the way for Chinwe’s ground-breaking work and many subsequent awards. These include the National Geographic ‘Great Energy Challenge Innovator’ grant, the Cartier Women’s Initiative Sub-Saharan Africa Laureate Award, and the GSBI Online Social Entrepreneurship Incubator award.