Kunlé Adeyemi

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Kunlé Adeyemi (born (1976-04-07)7 April 1976) is a Nigerian architect, urbanist and creative researcher. Adeyemi is founder and principal of NLÉ, an architecture, design and urbanism practice, based in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. Adeyemi studied at the University of Lagos in Nigeria and Princeton University in New Jersey, the United States. Before starting his own office in the Netherlands, he worked nearly a decade at Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA).

Early life[edit]

Adekunle Adeyemi was born and raised in Kaduna, in the north of Nigeria, and studied and started his early career in Lagos. His father was a modernist architect and started one of the first indigenous architecture firms in North Nigeria in the 1970s.[1] In his mid-teens, Adeyemi had the opportunity to design his first house, for a friend of his father.[1]

Adeyemi studied architecture at the University of Lagos in Nigeria, and finished his Bachelor as Best Graduate.[2] In 2005, Adeyemi received a Post-Professional degree at Princeton University School of Architecture in New Jersey.[3] At that university, Adeyemi investigated together with Peter Eisenman, the rapid urbanization and the role of market economies in developing cities of the Global South, focusing on Lagos.[4]

Early career[edit]

In his early career, Adeyemi worked on projects in Lagos, Abuja and other parts of Nigeria.[4][5] After that, Adeyemi joined OMA (The Office for Metropolitan Architecture) in 2002,[6] where he was Senior Associate and worked for about nine years alongside its award-winning founder Rem Koolhaas.[1][7] There, Adeyemi led the following projects, in different stages:

Current work and projects[edit]

Currently, Adeyemi runs his own architecture, design and urbanism practice called NLÉ, located in Amsterdam.[4] NLÉ means 'at home' in Yoruba.[4] With his office NLÉ, Adeyemi is interested in elements that make up a city.[1] He focuses especially on the rapidly growing cities in developing countries. Adeyemi seeks the logic in systems that arise in the rapid development of those cities. He observes and questions the existing systems within these cities, and creates new solutions inspired by his own 'reading' of those systems.[7] Adeyemi is convinced that there is much to learn from the type of condition that is found in rapidly developing, energetic cities, like one of Africa's most populated cities Lagos in Nigeria.[1] NLÉ offers a strategy advisory service and focuses on city development research, conceptualisation, creative structuring, architectural-, product- and infrastructure design, arts and urban cultural intervention.[4] In much of his recent work, Adeyemi is particularly interested in urbanization, climate change, and policy.[21] Among others, Adeyemi conducted with NLÉ the following activities:

Academic contribution[edit]

Adeyemi gave and gives lectures and workshops at universities and conferences in Amsterdam, Zurich, Delft, Guggenheim, and published several articles on architecture and urbanism:[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Lagos Insider's Guide 2011/12 A Time Out Nigeria magazine on the 'Best of Lagos', published July 2011, containing an interview with Adeyemi.
  2. ^ De Toekomst van gebouwd Afrika, Meeting at the NAI (8 April 2011) Where Kunlé Adeyemi attended as discussion panel member.
  3. ^ Mapping Madrid (2006) Urban project in which Adeyemi joined as teacher.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j NLÉ Company website from the office NLÉ.
  5. ^ a b Delft University of Technology website, where Adeyemi gave a Lunch Lecture at the faculty of Architecture, about Architects in Africa (25 March 2010).
  6. ^ Albena Yaneva (2009). Made by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture: An Ethnography of Design. 010 Publishers. pp. 41f. ISBN 978-90-6450-714-4.
  7. ^ a b Trouw Interview with Kunlé Adeyemi about rapidly developing cities in Africa.
  8. ^ a b c Month of Design Conference 2008 At which Adeyemi spoke about design interventions in Asia.
  9. ^ OMA website About the Prada Transformer Project.
  10. ^ OMA website About the Rothschild Bank Project.
  11. ^ [1] About noteworthy buildings in the UK: amongst others, the New Court Rothschild Bank.
  12. ^ OMA website About the Abuja master plan concept.
  13. ^ Press release About the start of the construction work for the Shenzhen Stock Exchange building.
  14. ^ OMA website About the Shenzen Stock Exchange Project.
  15. ^ Article on Architectenweb About the opening of the Shenzen Stock Exchange Building.
  16. ^ OMA website About the Seoul University Museum project.
  17. ^ CNN Interview documentary with Adeyemi and Koolhaas about the Seoul University Museum design.
  18. ^ OMA website About the Seoul S-project.
  19. ^ Article in the New Yorker About Intelligent Design.
  20. ^ OMA website About the LEUUM project.
  21. ^ Kunlé Adeyemi: We are living in interesting times in Africa | Design Indaba, retrieved 14 March 2019
  22. ^ Facebook Grouppage of NLÉ.
  23. ^ Lagos Photo Project Photo exhibition in Lagos, November 2010.
  25. ^ [2]
  26. ^ Blog Chandigarh India Program from University of Washington's Faculty of Architecture
  27. ^ PICNIC Yearly creative event in Amsterdam.
  28. ^ Log Journal Issue summer/fall 2007.
  29. ^ Guggenheim symposium in 2006 Where Adeyemi spoke about Impure Architecture.
  30. ^ Website Architecture for Humanity Where Adeyemi is former juror and project reviewer.