April 18, Kunlé Adeyemi, the founder of Dutch-Nigerian architecture firm NLÉ, will give a lecture at The Center for Architecture in New York. This lecture is presented in conjunction with the book project ‘Architecture of Independence – African Modernism’. ‘Architecture of Independence – African Modernism’ explores the complex legacy of modern architecture and nation-building in 1960s and ’70s postcolonial Africa, when many Sub-Saharan countries gained their independence and turned to experimental and futuristic architecture to express their national identities.
Price: Free for AIA members and students with valid ID, $10 for general public. Register HERE.
About Kunlé Adeyemi
Kunlé Adeyemi is an architect, designer and urban researcher. His notable work includes ‘Makoko Floating School’, an innovative prototype floating structure located on the lagoon heart of Lagos, Nigeria. 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, focusing on developing cities and communities. NLÉ recently launched MFS II – a new, improved iteration of Makoko Floating School at this years’ la Biennale di Venezia, for which it was awarded the Silver Lion. Other projects include Chicoco Radio Media Center – an amphibious community building in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, the Museum of Aids in Africa, ROCK – Lakefront Kiosk in Chicago, USA, CDL Microfinance Bank in Lagos, Nigeria and Serpentine Summer House at the Royal Kensington Gardens in London, UK.
Alongside his professional practice Adeyemi is an international speaker and thought leader serving as jurors for the 2014 AIA award and 2016 RIBA international Prize. He is a multiple award winner, and holds an honorary doctorate degree in Architecture. He has taught at Cornell University and was an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York, researching architecture and urban solutions that are closer to societal, environmental and economic needs.