Provost


PROFESSOR JOSHUA AYARKWA (BSc MSc PhD MGIF FGIOC MCIOB MGhIS)

Prof. J. AyarkwaJoshua Ayarkwa is a product of Asanteman Senior High School in Kumasi where he obtained his GCE ‘O’ level certificate. In September 1978, he enrolled into Ghana Secondary Technical School, Takoradi for his GCE ‘A’ level certificate from where he entered the KNUST for his bachelor’s in Building Technology. Joshua Ayarkwa worked with the Timber Engineering and Mechanical Processing Division of the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG) of the CSIR for over 15 years. 

He holds a Master of Philosophy degree in Wood Science also from KNUST and a Doctorate in Timber Engineering from Nagoya University, Japan. Joshua joined the academic staff of KNUST as an associate professor in September 2002. He was the first Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Building Technology. Joshua Ayarkwa has recently been ranked above an associate professor and is now a full Professor. Currently, he is the Provost of the College of Art and Built Environment.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Member: Ghana Institution of Surveyors

Member: Ghana Institution of Forestry

Fellow: Ghana Institution of Construction

Incorporate Member: Chartered Institution of Builders

Member: Emerald Literati Network

Former Member: Japan Wood Research Society

RESEARCH INTEREST

TEACHING AREAS

  • Timber Construction Technology
  • Procurement Operations and Governance
  • Research Methods
  • Building Materials and Construction Technology
  • Strength of Materials
  • Statics of Rigid Bodies and Research Methods

SELECTED FEW JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

  • Opoku, D., Hackman, J.K., Ayarkwa, J. and Agyekum, K. (2015). Assessing areas and trends of bamboo usage in building construction in Ghana. African Journal of Applied Research, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 46-57. ISSN: 2408-7920.
  • Agyekum, K., Ayarkwa, J. and Amoah, P. (2016). Challenges to fire safety management in multi storey students’ hostels.Modern Management Science and Engineering, Vol. 4 No. 1, pp. 53-61. Journal of Building Performance, Vol. 7 No. 1, pp. 23-34. ISSN 2180-2106.
  • Opoku, D. Ayarkwa, J. and Agyekum, K. (2016). Factors Inhibiting the Use of Bamboo in Building Construction in Ghana: Perceptions of Construction Professionals.  Materials Science and Applications, Vol. 7 No. 1, pp. 83-88. ISSN Print: 2153-117X; ISSN Online: 2153-1188; Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/msa.2016.72008.
  • Acheampong, A., Kankam, C.K. and Ayarkwa, J. (2016). Shear Behaviour of Palm Kernel Shell Reinforced Concrete Beams Without Shear Reinforcement: Influence of Beam Depth and Tension Steel. Journal of Civil Engineering and Construction Technology, Vol. 7  No. 2, pp. 8-19.
  • Agyekum, K., Ayarkwa, J. and Adjarko, H. (2015). Perceptions of Quantity Surveyors on Challenges to and Benefits of Incorporating Information Technology in Quantity Surveying Practice in Ghana. Asian Engineering Review, Vol. 2 No. 3, pp. 30-36.
  • Simons, B., Koranteng, C., Ayarkwa, J., (2015). Practical Energy Savings Techniques for Multi-storey Office Buildings in Accra, Ghana. International Journal of Engineering  and Computer science, Vol 4, No. 2, 15262-15273. ISSN: 2319-7242, DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.18535/ijecs/v4i12.30
  • Acheampong, A., Adom-Asamoah, M., Ayarkwa, J. and Afrifa, R.O. (2015). Code compliant behaviour of palm kernel shell reinforced concrete (RC) beams in shear. Journal of Civil Engineering and Construction Technology, Vol. 6, No. 4, 59-70. DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.5897/JCECT2015.0367, ISSN: 1996-0816.
  • Kpamma, Z.E., Adinyira, E., Ayarkwa, J. and Adjei-Kumi, T. (2015). Application of the CBA Decision System to Manage User Preferences in the Design Process. J. Prof. Issues Eng. Educ. Pract., ASCE 05015004. ISSN (print): 1052-3928 ISSN (online): 1943-5541 http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(asce)ei.1943-5541.0000258
  • Kpamma, Z.E., Adjei-Kumi, T., Ayarkwa, J. and Adinyira, E. (2015). An exploration of the choosing by advantages decision system as a user engagement tool in participatory design. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, Vol. 12, No. 1, 51-66, DOI: 10.1080/17452007.2015.1095710. ISSN 1745-2007 (Print) 1752-7589 (Online) http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17452007.2015.1095710
  • Mensah, S., Ayarkwa, J., and Nani, G. (2015). Towards enabling construction organizations' adaptation to environmental sustainable construction in developing countries. Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, Vol. 2, No. 10, 84-100. ISSN 2055-0288.

SELECTED FEW PEER-REVIEWED CONFERENCE PAPERS

  • Agyekum, K., Ayarkwa, J. and Acheampong, A. (2015). Post Occupancy Evaluation of Postgraduate Hostel Facilities and Services at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. In Procs 2nd International Conference on Applied Science and Technology, Kumasi Polytechnic, 28th-30th October, 2015, Kumasi, Ghana, pp. 67.
  • Agyekum, K., Ayarkwa, J. and Opoku Ware, S.N. (2015). Built and Forgotten: Unveiling the Defects Associated with the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) Jubilee House in Kumasi. In Procs 2nd International Conference on Applied Science and Technology, Kumasi Polytechnic, 28th-30th October, 2015, Kumasi, Ghana, pp. 75.
  • Agyekum, K., Ayarkwa, J. and Opoku Ware, S.N. (2015). Perceptions of Quantity Surveyors on Challenges to and Benefits of Incorporating Information Technology in Quantity Surveying Practice in Ghana. In Procs 2nd International Conference on Applied Science and Technology, Kumasi Polytechnic, 28th-30th October, 2015, Kumasi, Ghana, pp. 76.
  • Adjarko, H., Ayarkwa, J. and Agyekum, K. (2015). Incorporating Environmental Sustainability into Construction Procurement at the District Assembly Level in Ghana. In: Laryea, S. and Leiringer R. (Eds) Procs 6th West Africa Built Environment Research (WABER) Conference, 10-12 August 2015, Accra, Ghana, 669-689.
  • Barbara, S., Koranteng, C. and Ayarkwa, J. (2015). Simulation-based assessment of the thermal performance of high rise office buildings in Ghana. In Badu, E., Ayarkwa, J., Ahadzie, D., Adinyira, E., Owusu-Manu, D. and Kwofie, T. (eds) Procs 4th  International Conference on Infrastructure Development in Africa, 25-26 March 2015, Kumasi, Ghana, pp. 44-66.
  • Ayarkwa, J., Adinyira, E., Koranteng, C. and Addy, M.N. (2015). A conceptual framework of a tool development for energy efficiency assessment of buildings in developing countries: Case of Ghana. In Badu, E., Ayarkwa, J., Ahadzie, D., Adinyira, E., Owusu-Manu, D. and Kwofie, T. (eds) Procs 4th  International Conference on Infrastructure Development in Africa, 25-26 March 2015, Kumasi, Ghana, pp. 67-86.
  • Zoya, E.K., Adjei-Kumi, T., Ayarkwa, J. and Adinyira, E. (2015). Development of a user-involvement framework for design process: An exploration of the design science research paradigm. In Badu, E., Ayarkwa, J., Ahadzie, D., Adinyira, E., Owusu-Manu, D. and Kwofie, T. (eds) Procs 4th  International Conference on Infrastructure Development in Africa, 25-26 March 2015, Kumasi, Ghana, pp. 143-155.
  • Somiah, M.K., Ayarkwa, J., Agyekum, K. and Hackman, J.K. (2015). Factors contributing to the construction of unauthorized residential buildings in Ghana. In Badu, E., Ayarkwa, J., Ahadzie, D., Adinyira, E., Owusu-Manu, D. and Kwofie, T. (eds) Procs 4th  International Conference on Infrastructure Development in Africa, 25-26 March 2015, Kumasi, Ghana, pp. 156-172.
  • Acquah, G.K.K., Ayarkwa, J., Danso, A.K. and Oteng-Seifah, S. (2015). Accuracy of drying shrinkage predicting models in Ghana. In Badu, E., Ayarkwa, J., Ahadzie, D., Adinyira, E., Owusu-Manu, D. and Kwofie, T. (eds) Procs 4th  International Conference on Infrastructure Development in Africa, 25-26 March 2015, Kumasi, Ghana, pp. 173-185.
  • Acquah, G.K.K., Oteng-Seifah, S., Ayarkwa, J. and Danso, A.K. (2015). Accuracy of creep predicting models in Ghana.In Badu, E., Ayarkwa, J., Ahadzie, D., Adinyira, E., Owusu-Manu, D. and Kwofie, T. (eds) Procs 4th  International Conference on Infrastructure Development in Africa, 25-26 March 2015, Kumasi, Ghana, pp. 262-276.
  • Mensah, S., Ayarkwa, J. and Nani, G. (2015). Understanding environmental sustainable construction practices of construction contractors in Ghana. In Badu, E., Ayarkwa, J., Ahadzie, D., Adinyira, E., Owusu-Manu, D. and Kwofie, T. (eds) Procs 4th  International Conference on Infrastructure Development in Africa, 25-26 March 2015, Kumasi, Ghana, pp. 329-340.
  • Hackman, J.K., Acheampong, A., Agyekum, K. and Ayarkwa, J. (2015). Factors affecting site supervision in the Ghanaian Construction Industry. In Badu, E., Ayarkwa, J., Ahadzie, D., Adinyira, E., Owusu-Manu, D. and Kwofie, T. (eds) Procs 4th  International Conference on Infrastructure Development in Africa, 25-26 March 2015, Kumasi, Ghana, pp. 341-352.
  • Agyekum, K. and Ayarkwa, J. (2015). Diagnosing rising damp: Lessons from three residential buildings in Kumasi. 8thAnnual GRASAG-KNUST International Research Conference, 25th March 2015, Kumasi, Ghana, pp. 53.
  • Hackman, J.K., Acheampong, A., Agyekum, K. and Ayarkwa, J. (2015). Factors affecting site supervision in the Ghanaian Construction Industry. In Badu, E., Ayarkwa, J., Ahadzie, D., Adinyira, E., Owusu-Manu, D. and Kwofie, T. (eds) Procs 4th  International Conference on Infrastructure Development in Africa, 25-26 March 2015, Kumasi, Ghana, pp. 341-352.
  • Agyekum, K., Ayarkwa, J. and Adinyira, E. (2014). A case study of dampness in a three bedroom residential building at Deduako, Kumasi. In Ejohwomu, O. and Oshodi, O. (eds) Procs 3rd International Conference on Infrastructure Development in Africa, March17-19, 2014, Abeokuta, Nigeria, p. 351-365 ISBN: 978-978-938-173-9

 

To contact Prof. Joshua Ayarkwa and find out more about his publications, click on the link below

bt.knust,edu.gh/staff/academicstaff/prof-jayarkwa

 


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