Maimuna Saleh-Bala holds a PhD in landscape Planning (2017), MA Landscape Design (1995) both from Newcastle University UK, BSc and MSc in Architecture, 1984 and 1986 respectively from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.
Maimuna’s work experience began in 1988 and spans both public and private sectors as well as the academics. The interest in Landscape Architecture began while she was with the public sector where she observed the chaotic public streetscapes, the neglect of the Environment and the Site being the last and least considered during the life of a building project in Nigeria. The British Chevening Award afforded her the opportunity to study Landscape Architecture and the beginning of a career in the profession. She was with the first generation of Landscape Architects in Nigeria instrumental to the registration of the Society (2002) and was in the first ExCo for 8 years laying the foundation. In 1997 she moved to the private sector where she engaged in Consultancy and Design & Build through two limited liability companies, Munari & Associates Ltd as a Principal Partner and Landscapewoks Nig. Ltd as the C.E.O. These two outfits undertook Architecture and Landscape projects in Nigeria prominent among which was the first public open space with a fountain by the present Transcorp Hilton Abuja designed in 1998 to welcome then President Bill Clinton to Nigeria. The park has evolved into the present Unity Fountain park used by the public for protests and campaigns as well as for leisure.
She was an International Member American Society of Landscape Architects (2000) as well as Member Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Advisory Committee on Parks, Open Spaces and Green Areas (2003 – 2007). She reviewed the Abuja Landscape Master Plan for the Federal Capital Development Authority with Multi-System Consultants. She has been a Member Board of Trustees of Society of Landscape Architects of Nigeria (SLAN) and now the first set conferred Fellows of the Society.
Maimuna joined the academics and currently lectures at the Ahmadu Bello University (2005-date) to contribute to the teaching of Architecture as well as build capacity for Landscape Architecture.
She has Coordinated the Post Graduate Landscape Architecture Programme from its inception in 2008 in the department and her current research interest is in enhancing livelihood and well-being through quality environments. She focuses on Conceptualising Sustainable Future Landscapes for Communities especially those in degraded landscapes, those displaced or in distress and looks forward to engaging in advocacy and policy making for these communities.