Interior Design College of Design

Abimbola Asojo


NCIDQ Certificate 21989, NOMA


Specialties & Expertise

  • Cross-cultural design

  • Architectural lighting design

  • Light and Health
  • African architecture

  • Computing and design

  • Globalization and design

  • Sustainability and Post-Occupancy Evaluation

Course Titles

  • IDES 4607 Interior Design Studio VII

  • IDES 3612 Lighting Design

  • IDES 3622 Computer Applications II
  • IDES 2604 Interior Design Studio IV

  • IDES 2622 Computer Applications I


Selected Scholarship

  • Asojo, A.O. (2017). Architecture: Transition from Indigenous to Modern. In. T. Falola & A. Akinyemi (Eds.). Culture and Customs of the Yoruba (pp.191-201). Austin, Texas: Pan African University Press.

  • Jaiyeoba, B.E., Asojo, A.O. & Amole, B. (2017). The Yoruba Vernacular as a Paradigm for Low-

    income housing: Lessons from Ogbere, Ibadan. International Journal of Architectural Research. 11(1), 101-118.

  • Asojo, A.O. & Jaiyeoba, B.E. (2016). Modernism and Cultural Expression in University Campus

    Design: The Nigerian Example. International Journal of Architectural Research. 10(3), 21-35.

    Patel, T. & Asojo, A. O. (2016). Immersive Service-learning: Pedagogy + Reflection. Academic

    Exchange Quarterly. 20(3), 131-136.
  • Asojo, A.O. & Asojo, T.T. (2015). The Influence of Indigenous Forms, Art and Symbols on Sacred Spaces: A Study of Two Catholic Churches in Nigeria. Journal of Interior Design, 40(1), 1-17.

  • Asojo, A.O. (2015). Testing a Culture-Based Design Pedagogy: A Case Study. In J.A. Thompson & N. Blossom (Eds.), The Handbook of Interior Design, ISBN: 978-1-4443-3628-3, (pp. 432-445). New Jersey: Wiley Blackwell.

  • Asojo, A.O. (2014). Connecting Academia with Industry: A Design Project. In. M. Deprez (Ed.). Sound Instruction book:  Collaboration in Education, Volume 3 - ISBN 0-9709895-1-3, (pp.  215-220). New York: Rapid Intellect.

  • Asojo, A.O. (2013). Instructional Strategies for Teaching Cross-Cultural Design: A Pedagogical Example Using Nigerian and South African Spatial Forms.  International Journal of Architectural Research, 7(2), 76-91.

  • Asojo, A. O. (2013). A Service-Learning Healthcare project: Lessons from an Interior Design Course. ASJ: International Journal of Health, Safety and Environments (IJHSE), 1(1), 1-8.

  • Asojo, A.O. (2012). Architecture: 1900 to present: Africa. In A. Stanton, E. Ramsamy, P. Seybolt, & C. Elliott (Eds.),Cultural sociology of the Middle East, Asia, & Africa: An encyclopedia. (pp.II235-II237). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi: 10.4135/9781452218458.n335

  • Asojo, A.O. (2011). Nigeria. In V. Jani (Ed.), Diversity in Design Perspectives  from the non-Western World (pp. 153-193). New York, NY: Fairchild Publications, Inc.

  • Asojo, A. O. (2011). Pedagogical models from a lighting design studio. In K. Domke and C.A Brebbia (Eds.), Light in Engineering, Architecture and the Environment, (pp. 71-80). United Kingdom: WIT Press.

  • Asojo, A. O., Jani, V.J. & Amor, C. (2010). An Instructional Design on Yoruba, Gujarati and Algerian Spaces. Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal. 4(3), 63-82.

  • Asojo, A. O. & Pober, E. F. (2009). Building Information Modeling (BIM) Strategies: Pedagogical Models for Interior Design. Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal. 3(2), 159-167.

  • Erdener, E. & Asojo, A. O. (2009). Illuminating the Past, Present and Future: Architectural and Lighting Design in Historic Buildings – A Collaborative Learning Experience. Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal3(2), 249-259.

  • Asojo, A. O. (2008). Hybrid Forms in the Built Environment: A Case Study of African Cities.  In T. Falola, N. Afolabi, and A. Adesanya (Eds.). Migrations and Creativity in Africa and the African Diaspora  (pp. 135-145). North Carolina, Durham: Carolina Academic Press.

  • Asojo, A. O. (2007). Technology as a Tool for Globalization: Cross-Cultural Collaborative Design Studio. Journal of Interior Design. 33(2), 23-36.

  • Asojo, A. O. (2001). A Model for Integrating Culture-Based Issues in Creative Thinking and Problem Solving.  Journal of Interior Design. 27(2), 46-58.

  • Asojo, A. O. (2000). Design Algorithms After Le Corbusier. ACADIA Quarterly.  19 (4), 17-24.

  • Leigh, K. E. and Asojo, A.O. (1999). A Spiritual Celebration of Cultural Heritage. Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review. X(11), p.46-59.


Professional, Institutional, and Community Leadership and Service

  • Journal of Interior Design Review Board 2004 to date

  • Board Member, Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Minneapolis St Paul Chapter, 2014 to date
  • Member, Interior Design Educator Council, 1998 to date

  • Educator Member, International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) Fall 2008 to 2011

  • Member at Large, Mid-American Alliance for African Studies, 2007 to date

  • Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), 1997 to date

  • Licensed Architect State of Oklahoma #A4988

  • NCIDQ Certificate no 21989

  • LEED Accredited Professional




  • 2017 Design Intelligence Most Admired Educator

  • 2017 International Interior Design Association Diversity Award
  • 2017 College of Design, UMN President's Community-Engaged Scholar
  • 2016 Interior Design Educators Council Community Service Award
  • 2013 Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education
  • 2013 Fairchild Topical Issues Grant

  • 2012 Imagine Fund Award

  • 2011 Interior Design Educators Council Teaching Excellence Award

  • 2010 International Association of Lighting Designers Trust Fund Award

  • 2010 Design Intelligence Most Admired Educator

  • 2008 Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education

  • 2002 Nuckolls Fund Edison Price Fellow

  • 2002 Focus Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology

  • 2000 Interior Design Educators Southwest Regional Conference Best Paper/Presentation




Interior Design Program

Director, Interior Design Program



Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel

488 McNeal Hall

1985 Buford Ave.

St. Paul, MN 55108-6136



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