Dr Shaibu Bala Garba holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Architecture from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria Nigeria, a Master of Architecture with Specialization in Housing from McGill University Montreal, A Master of City and Regional Planning from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and A Ph.D. with specialization in Urban Design from Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Dr. Garba has more than 20 years of working experience in teaching and professional consulting. He has taught at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, the King Fahd University of petroleum and Minerals, Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman and currently at Qatar University. He also current holds an Adjunct Reader position at Ahmadu Bello University. His areas of teaching interest include Architectural Design, Construction Documentation, Computer Aided Architectural Design, History and Theory of architecture, Urban Design and Housing.

Dr. Garba has engaged in professional consulting either on a private basis or in full or part-time employment. He has consulted primarily in the areas of institutional facilities design, housing, and the planning and urban design of existing or new cities and facilities.

Dr. Garba is actively engaged in research in the area of urban studies with focus on Environment and Behaviour Issues, Urban Management and Governance, Housing and Community design issues.

Dr Garba has also carried out research in the aspects of architectural education and the application of CAD in architecture. Dr. Garba has written more than 25 articles and papers published in refereed international journals, or presented at peer reviewed conferences and seminars.

Dr. Garba has participated in many sponsored projects both as principal and co-investigator.