The African Contemporary Institute of Design (ACID) is a multidisciplinary, critically evaluating unit of RUBAN for thinking at various current levels that is mostly anchored in the African context. The effort comes from the need for the African continent to radically engage architecture, planning, and economics, in new, increasingly pragmatic ways for development.

The motive transcends merely breaking rules to the pristine essence of pushing the boundaries of current knowledge and the impact that comes from the operationalisation of such knowledge. As a practice unit of RUBAN, clusters of ACID develop research- driven insights, services, and solutions to governments, firms, and individuals in directed thematic set of areas. The collaborative approach of ACID to issues of Architecture, Planning, Design, and Economics makes it flexible in methodological schemes. It is also positionally orchestrated for garnering the best resources for performance across professional industries and value chains.