Lanre Towry-Coker

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Dr. Lanre Towry-Coker FRIBA (born 1944) is a Nigerian architect,[1] politician and socialite. He has worked in the public sector as well as the private sector and was the first Commissioner for Works and Housing of Lagos State.[2][3][4]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in 1944[5][6] to a Nigerian civil engineer, who was the planning adviser to the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman, in the early 1960s, Lanre Towry-Coker attended St. Matthias School, Lagos, and Kingston College, Surrey, England, before going on to the Architectural Association School of Architecture and the University of North-East London for his architectural training. He subsequently earned a further qualification from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration (OPM).[7][4]

He established his architectural firm, Towry-Coker Associates,[8] in 1976. An indigene of Lagos (Towry Street on Lagos Island was named after his family)[4] He was one of the original planners of the capital city Abuja, and has won numerous awards for his work on major buildings in Nigeria.[4]

In 1999, Towry-Coker was the first Commissioner for Works and Housing in Lagos State.[2][3][4] He is the author of the book Housing Policy And The Dynamics Of Housing Delivery In Nigeria: Lagos State As Case Study, published by MakeWay Press in 2012.[9]

Towry-Coker is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (FNIA) and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACI.Arb.) in the UK.[4] In 2017 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, the only Nigerian and one of currently just 30 architects worldwide accorded that honour.[10]

Personal life[edit]

He married Bisi Towry-Coker but they are now separated.[2][11] He has three children including a son, Olaotan.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Agbo-Paul Augustine (3 May 2014). "Nigeria Needs New Housing Policy". Leadership News. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Lagos socialite, Lanre Towry-Coker's lonely world". The Capital. 15 January 2015. Archived from the original on 18 March 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ a b c "Olaotan Towry Coker steps out with Dad". The Punch. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Kemi Akinyemi, "Celebrating Society Patriarch, Lanre Towry-Coker at 70", The Elites Nigeria, 15 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Towry Coker hits 70". The Nation. 23 November 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  6. ^ Abiola Johnson (11 November 2014). "Towry at 70". Lagos Politics. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Dr. Lanre Towry-Coker" at Towry-Coker Associates.
  8. ^ Yinka Kolawole (11 July 2011). "FMBN has failed to deliver on housing finance – Towry-Coker". The Vanguard. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  9. ^ Housing Policy and the Dynamics of Housing Delivery in Nigeria: Lagos State as Case Study, MakeWay Publications, 2012, ISBN 978-1907925177.
  10. ^ "RIBA Fellows 2017",, 2017.
  11. ^ Lanre Odukoya (19 April 2014). "For the Towry-Cokers, it's a cold war". New Telegraph. Retrieved 18 March 2015.

External links[edit]

"Towry Coker-Associates".