Date of Award

Spring 6-6-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Industrial Design


Industrial Design

First Advisor

Khipra Nichols

Second Advisor

Brian Jablonski

Third Advisor

Cas Holman


This project focuses on the development of building blocks influenced by the architecture and design styles of Yoruba culture and Washington DC. These building blocks aim to provide an educational and culturally enriching experience for individuals of all ages, with a particular focus on youth.

By combining the traditional design elements of Yoruba architecture with the modern urban aesthetic of Washington DC, the building blocks offer a unique blend of cultural influences for children and adults to explore. Through hands-on building activities, users can engage with the cultural heritage of these two regions, while also developing important skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity.

This project has the potential to impact individuals and communities in a variety of ways, from providing a fun and educational tool for children to play with, to showcasing the beauty and diversity of Yoruba and Washington DC design to a wider audience. Ultimately, the Yoruba and Washington DC influenced building blocks will offer a unique and engaging way to learn about and appreciate cultural heritage, while also providing a platform for artistic expression and creativity.



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