Architect Sam Oboh Joins Kasian’s Edmonton Office as Principal

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Sam Oboh

Kasian is pleased to announce the addition of architect Samuel Óghale Oboh (Sam Oboh), FRAIC, AIA, as Principal in our Edmonton office, effective Aug. 2. In this role he will provide valuable insight and leadership in Kasian’s many market sectors. Having successfully designed and managed projects and initiatives in private and public sectors in Canada and abroad, Sam is motivated by an enduring commitment to excellence, innovation and stewardship.

Educated in Nigeria, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Bendel State University (now Ambrose Alli University) and a Master of Science in Architecture from Ahmadu Bello University. Sam is also an alumnus of the University of Alberta, where he graduated with a Master of Arts, focusing on architectural communications.

With an expansive career spanning over 24 years, Sam has been a strong advocate for integrating architectural practice with research and academia. He served as an adjunct lecturer at various universities in South Africa and Canada. Since 2010, Sam had worked with Public Services and Procurement Canada (formerly Public Works and Government Services Canada) as prime architect and Regional Manager of the Architecture and Engineering Centre of Expertise in the Western Region, which covers Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. While there, he led the establishment of a new Architecture and Engineering Centre of Expertise, encompassing over 50 professionals and technical experts. He created enduring initiatives such as the Stewardship Excellence Protocol, aimed at fostering a culture of excellence on federal government projects and facilities.

“It is an honour and a delight to return to such a respected firm as Kasian, known for design excellence and service, to take on new challenges,” Sam says. “I am looking forward to working with the dynamic Kasian team.”

Born in Nigeria, Sam worked in South Africa and Botswana before moving to Alberta 13 years ago. He joined Kasian as an Associate in the Edmonton office in 2007 and left in 2010. During that time, Sam was active in business development and was the lead architect on several projects such as the Alberta Legislature Centre Redevelopment Project (including major segments of the Edmonton Federal Building and Centennial Plaza Redevelopment), North Central Community Recreation Centre in Edmonton, the TELUS Office in Fort McMurray and the Palisades Stewardship Education Centre in Jasper.

Licensed in multiple jurisdictions including Alberta and Texas, Sam is a Presidential Medal recipient and member of the American Institute of Architects, an honouree of the Australian Institute of Architects and a distinguished Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. In 2015, he was named president of that 109-year-old professional organization, becoming the first person of African descent to attain that honour. Also in 2015, Alberta Venture magazine named him one of Alberta’s 50 most-influential people.

Kasian President and founder Don Kasian says, “Sam brings a unique and valuable perspective to his new role in Kasian. We are really excited about his return.”

Since its founding in 1983, Kasian has grown to become one of the world’s top 100 integrated design firms. With nearly 300 team members in offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, and Doha, we engage with clients locally and abroad in all market sectors. Our services include architecture, interior design and planning with specialization in the following sectors: Academic, Science and Technology; Civic; Commercial; Health Care; Transportation and Corporate Workplace. For more information, please visit us at