Professor Dr. Ing. Henry Nii-Adziri Wellington was born on 1st December, 1942. After attending the historic Osu Salem Presbyterian Boys’ Boarding School, he gained admission to the Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School at Odumase Krobo from where he proceeded to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. At the KNUST, he obtained the B.Sc. in Design (1967) and M.Sc. in Architecture (1969) Degrees. He went on to attain the German Diploma in Urban Design (1972) and Doktor der Ingineurwissenschaft in Architecture and Development Planning (1981) at the Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule (RWTH), Aachen and the Technische Universitaet (TUBS), Braunschweig respectively.
From 1972-2006, he researched in, and taught architecture at the KNUST as a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor and a Full Professor to train several generations of architects. And headed the Department of Architecture for the period 1998-2002. While in the service of the KNUST, he was appointed as Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor for a period (2002) and became Director of Quality Assurance and Strategic Planning in the office of the Vice Chancellor. In 2007, hired as the foundation Head and Professor, he developed the academic programme in architecture for the establishment of the Department of Architecture in the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the Central University College, Miotso. He has been a visiting scholar to universities, including University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, (2002), Miami University in Oxford, Ohio (1998), University of Ghana, (1998-1999), and University of Flensburg, Germany (1992). He has been an External Examiner and Assessor at the Technical University in Eindhoven, Netherlands (2013); at the Technical University College of Tamale (since 2012), University of Free State, Bloemfontein, and University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa (2000), and the Regional Institution of Architecture and Urban Planning (EAMAU), Lome, Togo (1998-2004). Since 2009, he has been on Post-retirement Contract in the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, University of Ghana, where, as a part-time lecturer, he is currently teaching and researching in Heritage Issues and Monuments Conservation as well as Architecture in Autism.
Working recently as a member of the Local Organising Committee under the auspices of the Ghana National Commission for UNESCO, for the Celebration of the United Nations declared International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies, (IYL) 2015, he directed the Curating of the Ghana Exhibition that was sent to the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris for the official launch of the Celebration, 18th and 19th January, 2015. He was in the Ghana delegation to the official launching ceremony and took part also in the Closing Ceremony on 4th to 6th February, 2016. While talking about Cultural Heritage development in Ghana, he made a presentation on the envisaged Museum of Light being conceived to commemorate Ghana’s involvement in the IYL,2015, Celebration. As a scholar, he has published extensively in the disciplines of architecture, urban design, housing and cultural heritage. To date, he has to his credit over 100 published papers, journal articles, mimeographs, technical reports and exhibition brochures, including recent publications such as :A Conference Paper ( presented to the XIVth Colloquium A.O.A.A,/W.A.A) titled:“Iconoclasm, Antithesis to cultural Heritage Conservation in Ghana – Case Study of Conflicts typology in the Danish-Osu Heritage Setting” (2015, with Biveridge and Kumah, December, 2015) An Anthology on “The Houses of the Danes on the Gold Coast 1659-1850” with his contribution (pages 97-112), published by Vandkunsten and Danish National Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark (2014); A Departmental Reader, “Current Perspectives in the Archaeology of Ghana” with his joint contribution with Fritz Biveridge (Chapter 10), published by Sub-Saharan Publishers for the University of Ghana (2014); A Paper on “Territoriality, Boundaries and Filters – The Power of Architectural Design in Christiansborg, Osu” in the online publication of Conference Report in H-Soz-u-Kult 08/11/2012 by H-Net, Clio-online (2012); A Paper on “ Gated Cages, Glazed Boxes and Dashed Housing Hopes – In Remembrance of the Dicey future of Housing in Ghana” published in Conference Proceedings of the National Housing Conference, 7th and 8th October, 2009 by the Building and Road Research Institute.
Besides three books to which he made contributions, he has recently published the second edition of an epic book titled: “Stones Tell Stories at Osu – Memories of a Host Community of the Danish Trans Atlantic Slave Trade” (2017). He had also peer-reviewed the UNESCO sponsored publication on “Ghana, Land of Culture and Tradition – Panaroma of Ghana’s Heritage, Monuments, Sites, treasures and Icons” authored by Prof James K. Anquandah (2012) and published by Sub-Saharan Publishers. His Inaugural Lecture, titled “Architecture for Autism – A technical Response with Mind and Heart to a Dire Human Need”, delivered on 28th April, 2015, will be published in due course by the Academy. As a Fellow of the Ghana Institute of Architects, he has offered consultancy services to both national and international organisations and has designed a number of edifices and community facilities in Ghana, including, Sheltered Employment Centre for the Physically challenged at Jachie Pramso, (1984); Clinical Students’ Hostels at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi (1986); the Monastic Chapel and Hermitage for the Benedictine Monks at Kristo Buase, in the Brong Ahafo Region (2002); the Specialist Rural Hospital for the Global Evangelical Church, Apromase (2005); Hale and Hearty- Staff Wellness and Fitness Facility at the KNUST Campus (2005); A 3-storey Mixed urban Residential/Commercial Block (2010); Teaching Museum Extension for the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, University of Ghana (2013). Professor Dr. Ing. Wellington is a cultural heritage activist, a Bible Teacher and a married man with three adult children. And was elected Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013.