Examination of Hausa Cultural Identity in Architectural Design
This paper examines the phenomenon of expressing cultural identity in architectural design. It examines the phenomenon in the context of Hausa land. Different cultural groups have different styles of architecture; as such designers need to make sure they try as much as possible to reflect the sense of cultural group to which their designs are to be sited in. The paper focuses on the designers, their perceptions, and the approaches they use in conveying national identity. The research aims to provide a basis for the reflection of Hausa cultural identity in architectural design. Thus it examines current efforts use to identify the Hausa architectural identity in this dispensation, many studies show how the identity of architecture characteristics was based on elements use to express the culture and traditions of a particular place or people. A survey of four case studies was conducted and the level of cultural identity reflection was assessed and the views of seven architects and custodians of culture were conducted using interviews. Visual survey and checklist methods were used in conducting the case study surveys in the different facilities visited. Deductions were made on how to reflect different cultural identity principles and elements in the design to express the culture of a particular cultural group. The research established that architects and designers used numerous approaches to express a cultural identity in their designs.