Kobina Banning [1979], is a designer, educator and urban researcher, whose passion has been to examine how the design of architectural space can reflect a culture, a community, and an identity. He is the founder of Fusion Architecture, a non-profit organization with a mission to collaborate with designers and cultural practitioners to critically engage in contemporary issues facing formal and informal urban environment. A Recipient of George Christensen Travel Award, Kobina graduated at the top of his class with a graduate research thesis that examined how displaced persons from other cultures can adopt architecturally into new urban settings.

A native of Ghana, West Africa, Kobina started his architectural training at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi-Ghana, establishing an understanding of how increased urban density is changing the way cities are designed and built in Africa and an interest in urbanization globally. He has traveled widely to various regions in Africa, Europe and South America establishing first hand perspective of global architecture, with particular interest in changes in formal and informal urban realities. Banning has been nominated for several design awards and the recipient of the Design Excellence, a graduate research in Mexico City, lead by Teddy Cruz, developing a sustainable community for the Santa Fe favelas (shanty towns), a team project that was later published in the SALA journal. Early 2011, Mr. Banning received recognition with two awards by Blueprints of Paradise (Netherlands), an international design competition that invited African architects, artists and visionaries to share their ideas, ideals and dreams about the future of urban Africa.

Mr. Banning continues to engage in community projects in Arizona and has received recognition for his work with the refugee communities. He teaches design at a local technical institute in Phoenix, and devotes time for research and design consultation projects in both Africa and United States.