College of Architecture

Dr. John Odhiambo Onyango

Academic Council Member

Associate Professor in Architecture, University of Notre Dame, USA.
B.Arch (University of Nairobi),
M.Arch (University of Notre Dame),
PhD (University of Glasgow),


Dr. John Odhiambo Onyango is an esteemed academic and scholar, currently serving as an Associate Professor of Architecture at the prestigious School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame, located in the United States. With a wealth of academic achievements and professional credentials, Dr. Onyango brings a breadth of expertise to his role as a member of the Academic Council at EKC College of Architecture.

Dr. Onyango holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Architecture from the esteemed University of Glasgow in Scotland, UK, showcasing his dedication to advanced research in the field. He furthered his education with a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Notre Dame, USA, building upon his foundational knowledge in the discipline. His commitment to professional excellence is evident through his attainment of a Certificate in Professional Practice & Management in Architecture (RIBA Part 3-Architect’s License in the United Kingdom) from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, England, UK. Dr. Onyango’s academic journey began with a Bachelor of Architecture (honors) degree from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, laying the groundwork for his illustrious career.

Dr. Onyango’s research endeavors center on the vital theme of Sustainability, encompassing holistic approaches to creative practices in building and urban design. His interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary collaborations extend across various allied fields, including engineering, sociology, healthcare, and IT communications. Notably, Dr. Onyango’s contributions align with the global imperative to address climate change impacts on the built environment. His involvement in the CIB working paper for “W108: Climate Change and the Built Environment” underscores his dedication to tackling pressing issues such as floods and heat waves, which remain active research areas.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Onyango has been instrumental in numerous research projects worldwide, demonstrating his leadership and expertise in securing competitive research grants. His accomplishments include securing over $405k in competitive research grants since 2012, averaging an impressive $101.3k annually between 2012 and 2016. Through his scholarly pursuits and commitment to advancing architectural knowledge, Dr. Onyango embodies the ethos of academic excellence and innovation. As a valued member of the Academic Council at EKC College of Architecture, Dr. Onyango’s contributions are poised to enrich the academic community and inspire future generations of architects and scholars.