Femi Olaiya – a renowned UK-based architectural photographer shares with us an exclusive look at his images capturing the studio experience of six emerging African architecture practices shaping the urban fabric of the city of Lagos. In this second edition of the series, we get an inside look at Baron Architecture.
Baron Architecture Limited is made up of a team of professionals with an objective to discharge quality service(s) to the industry in which they operate, with the dynamic nature of the society in mind. They are equipped with highly experienced professionals who have made landmarks in their areas of specialization coupled with their numerous dealings with blue-chip companies.
They are a fast growing company engaging in a wide range of services, covering Architecture, Project and Construction Management. Baron Architecture Limited is an idea borne out of a deep desire to make an impact in the development and growth of the nation’s economy.
They create concepts with appealing and inspiring details rooted in rich history, while taking care of today’s needs, they are conscious of the future and currently the firm is providing interactive computer design tours that allow our clients visualize and interact with designs before they are executed.
Femi Olaiya is an innovative, creative and dedicated, Nigerian-born, professional photographer based in Portsmouth, in the UK. He studied architecture at the prestigious School of Architecture, University of Lagos, Nigeria. He relocated to the UK shortly after his post graduate studies to pursue a career in architecture.
Femi currently works as a certified BIM professional and architectural design manager on award-winning multi-million-pound developments as a key member of the Portsmouth City Council regeneration team. His architecture photographs have featured on the front cover of the largest commercial real estate magazine in the south of England as well as in renowned luxury building lifestyle magazine Porcelanosa. He has also had his fashion and portrait photography work featured in Vogue Italia.
Femi’s love for architecture photography was further reinforced when his historic Lagos family home Old Olaiya Building (Casa de Fernandez or ‘Ilojo Bar’) was destroyed in 2016. His biggest regret was that the memory of this important national monument – loaded with personal sentimental value for him and many Lagosians – was never frozen in time with professional photography and technical plans in a deferrable document for future generations to read about. He is determined to do everything he can to ensure that the same mistake isn’t made for the rest of Nigeria’s proud portfolio of nationally significant buildings.