The Architecture Speaks lecture series will continue with a discussion with Kunlé Adeyemi on Thursday 3rd March at 18:00 at the Museum of Finnish Architecture and with Adeyemi’s lecture on Friday 4th March, 2016 at 10:00 at the Aalto University, Department of Architecture. The Architecture Speaks series is composed by Jenni Reuter, the newly appointed professor of architectural principles and theory at the Aalto University Department of Architecture and the events are jointly organised by Aalto University and the Museum of Finnish Architecture.
Kunlé Adeyemi (b. 1976 in Nigeria) is an architect, urbanist and designer. His recent work includes Makoko Floating School, an innovative, prototype, floating structure located on the lagoon heart of Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos. This acclaimed project is part of an extensive research project – African Water Cities – being developed by NLÉ, an architecture, design, and urbanism practice founded by Adeyemi in 2010 with a focus on developing cities and communities.
NLÉ is currently developing a number of urban, research and architectural projects in Africa; one of which is Chicoco Radio Media Center; an amphibious building in Delta city of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. Born and raised in Nigeria, Adeyemi studied architecture at the University of Lagos where he began his early practice, before joining Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in 2002. At OMA he led the design, development and execution of several large prestigious projects around the world including the Shenzhen Stock Exchange tower in China, the Qatar National Library in Doha and Prada Transformer in Seoul.
Adeyemi was one of 5 members of the International Advisory Council for the World Design Capital 2014, a juror for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, a Fellow of the World Technology Network, an international speaker and lecturer at various institutions. He is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York.