As reported by Business Day, Nigerian Architect and founder of NLE, Kunle Adeyemi, has been appointed an Adjunct Visiting Professor at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Nigeria. He brings with him over 20 years of practice and academic experiences in top tier universities including Harvard, Cornell, Columbia and Princeton University.
Adeyemi, an alumnus of the University, is a renowned international professional architect who left UNILAG with a B.E.S/B.Arch Degree in 1999. He obtained his Masters Degree (M.Arch 11) from Princeton University in 2005.
Arguably one of the internationally recognized architects Nigeria has produced, Adeyemi sees his appointment as an opportunity to contribute to the excellence of the next generations in Africa. He looks forward to continuing the legacy of raising new talents through research, innovative projects, international collaborations and knowledge exchange with various institutions and partners globally.
Before setting up the firm, NLE, Adeyemi had worked for nine years at the famed Office for Metropolitan Architecture (O.M.A.) in Rotterdam helmed by renowned architect Rem Koolhaas.
“His appointment is a huge plus for the Architecture profession as he is coming to do things differently. The younger generation of architects will benefit immensely from his appointment,”
UNILAG Architecture Department in conversation with Business Day
His most notable contribution to research and architecture is the groundbreaking prototype floating structure demonstrated in the Makoko floating school created in Lagos in 2013. The structure, which evolved into a prefabricated building solution called Makoko Floating System (MFS), is now deployed in five countries across five continents.
It is hoped that his appointment will leverage the system for the benefit of both the architecture profession in Nigeria and the development of young architects in the country. The Architecture Department in the University is presently in discussion with him on the proposal for collaboration on building a demonstration MFS at the University of Lagos Lagoon Front.