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Benjamin Okenwa

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Benjamin is an educator, landscape architectural designer, and researcher whose research includes built environment and public health implications, focusing on understanding the physical environmental factors influencing the use of urban open spaces for physical activity. His research further explores the potential of using computational methods to assess an urban environment based on existing data and determine its suitability for various physical activities.

Benjamin's research aims to critically examine salutogenic responses to the built environment through the lens of design to investigate design strategies that respond to contemporary social and behavioral lifestyles and promote physical activities in urban environments. He has professional experience working as a project design Architect in Nigeria and as a Landscape Architectural designer in California.


  • Built environment research
  • Urban open spaces
  • Physical activity
  • Designed outdoor spaces

Research Areas

  • Built environment
  • Urban design
  • Health
  • Computation


  • Clemson University, MLA in Landscape Architecture, 2020
  • Covenant University, BSc. in Architecture, 2015

Selected Publications

  • Okenwa B., 2022. A Computational Approach to Siting Spaces that Promote Physical Activities in Urban Environments. Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture.
  • Okenwa B., Nassar H. 2021. Investigating smart neighborhood design for physical activity; A case study of South Atlanta neighborhood, Georgia.