Elao Martin

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Staff Details

Office Location: 
Architecture Building, Floor 2, Room 092

Elao earned his undergraduate degree in architecture at the Namibia University of Science and Technology NUST, and his Master’s in Architecture at the University of Johannesburgs’ Graduate School of Architecture in South Africa. Elao has received a certificate of excellence as an 'Emerging Voice' in African Architecture from the inaugural 2017 Africa Architecture Awards in Cape Town, the 2016 Des Baker Award, and the 2019 Corobrik Award at the University of Johannesburg. Elao was also selected as one of ten scholars from a global call to attend the 2021 Norman Foster Foundation's Rematerializing Housing Workshop in Madrid, Spain. He rejoined NUST as a Staff Development Fellow under the University’s Graduate Talent Acceleration Programme and is a PhD student at the Architecture department with a research focus on local spatial practices and urban development at the nexus of urban and communal land in Northern Namibia. 


  • Ph.D candidate NUST
  • M.Tech. Arch (UJ GSA)
  • B. Arch (NUST)

Professional Affiliation 

  • NCAQS (No.736)
  • NIA (No 529) Architect in Training

Research Focus Areas

  • Housing
  • Materials Research
  • Rural Urban nexus

Courses Currently Teaching


  • Architectural Design (understudy)
  • Housing and Everyday Life

Selected Publications

Research Papers

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