Kunlé Adeyemi is a fantastic architect who has a robust experience in architectural design, building and furniture construction. He is the founder of NLÉ meaning (at home) in Yoruba, an architecture, design and urbanism practice, based in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands.
Kunle Adeyemi was born in the city of Kaduna on the 7th of April 1976. His interest in architecture stemmed from his early years of studying his father who was a modernist architect and who started one of the first indigenous architecture firms in North Nigeria in the 1970s.
His started career at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), where he began his early practice and was opportune to design his first house for one of his father’s friend in his mid-teens. After graduating as the Best student from UNILAG, he proceeded to Princeton University in New Jersey in the United States of America, where he received a Post-Professional degree. He conducted a research on “the rapid urbanisation and the role of market economies in developing cities of the Global south, focusing on Lagos” with his colleague Peter Eisenman.
Kunle Adeyemi joined the world-renowned Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in the Netherlands in 2001, where he worked for close to a decade. He worked closely with award-winning founder Rem Koolhaas, and led the design, development and execution of numerous projects in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East; including some major projects in Lagos, Abuja and other parts of Nigeria.
Some of his projects include; Qatar Foundation Headquarters, the Central Library and the Strategic Studies Center, in the Education City in Doha, The 4th Mainland Bridge and Master Plan in Lagos, The Prada Transformer project in 2009, New Court Rothschild Bank project in London, Master plan concept for Abuja – AIST, Nigeria in 2006 for the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology, Shenzhen Stock Exchange, The Seoul National University Museum project, The S-project Master plan for Seoul, The Leeum Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul, Building prototype housing for urban tropic environment, Lagos Photo project with the African Artists’ Foundation, Makoko Floating School prototype etc.
Today, Adeyemi has carved a niche for himself. He is known as one of Africa’s most exciting architects and runs his own architectural design and urbanism outfit called NLÉ, located in Amsterdam. NLÉ offers Strategy Advisory Service and focuses on city development research, conceptualisation, creative structuring, architectural-, product- and infrastructure design, arts and urban cultural intervention. He is interested in elements that make up a city and focuses on the rapidly growing cities in developing countries.
He seeks the logic in systems that arise in the rapid development of those cities, observes and also questions the existing systems within these cities. He creates new solutions inspired by his own ‘reading’ of those systems due to his conviction that there is much to learn from developing energetic cities especially Lagos.
He is currently planning on some innovative projects which includes; African Water Cities, Bonny Kingdom Master plan, Black Rhino Academy, Mabushi Residential Development in Abuja etc.
Kunle Adeyemi has published several books, journals and articles on architecture and urbanism.
He organizes lectures and workshops at universities and conferences in Amsterdam, Zurich, Delft, Guggenheim.