keywords: Appreciation, Architecture education, Architecture graduates, interior architectural elements, retrofitted building
The impact of architectural education and the need for specialized knowledge in building materials and specification in Nigeria are being discussed. The specification process and the reliability of materials are critical aspects of training in architectural studies. Poor interior finishing can have severe implications for the users’ health. This study seeks to investigate how architecture graduates appreciate architectural elements in low-cost living room of retrofitted residential buildings, which is essential for successful renovation projects and sustainable development. Data were collected on most preferred floor, wall, and ceiling finishes in six Nigerian States using a structured questionnaire administered to a stratified randomly sampled population of non-educators and educators in architecture. The data was analyzed using SPSS, descriptive and chi-square analysis.