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Olajumoke Olufunmilola Adenowo

Olajumoke Olufunmilola Adenowo

Olajumoke Olufunmilola Adenowo is a Nigerian architect and a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Architects. She started her own architecture and interior design firm AD Consulting in 1994. Olajumoke Adenowo’s interest in architecture was ignited by visits to Paris and the Palais de Versailles as a young child, as well as living on the Obafemi Awolowo University
campus where her parents were both professors, one of History and the other of Criminology. These inspired her design philosophy – the core lesson being that in its functionality, architecture must be sensitive to its climatic, technological, infrastructural and physical contexts. At a young age of 14, she enrolled in Obafemi Awolowo University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Architecture at age 19. As an undergraduate she won the prize for Best Student Design. She obtained her Master’s of Science in Architecture, with distinction, from the same university in 1991. After graduating from university, Adenowo was hired as an Assistant Architect at Towry Coker Associates. She then practiced as an architect in Lagos at Femi Majekodunmi Associates. She designed the Federal Ministry of Finance Abuja at the age of 23. Adenowo founded her own boutique architecture and interior design when she was 25 years old. Since its inception, AD Consulting has been involved in the design and construction of more than 70 projects. These include Nigerian government buildings,
private residences, healthcare facilities, industrial campuses, and corporate and financial institutions. AD’s clients include Coca-Cola and L’Oreal CNN has described her as “Africa’s Starchitect” and The Guardian (Nigeria) has described her as “the face of Architecture in Nigeria”. In 2018 she was recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) as one of the inspirational women in architecture today. Adenowo has been featured in the architectural journal Architectural Record. Adenowo’s portfolio includes a host of multi-national and Nigerian clients including Coca-Cola, L’Oreal, The Nigerian Stock Exchange, Access Bank Plc and Guaranty Trust Bank. In 2019, Olajumoke Adenowo was appointed a Visiting Professor at the Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM) in Germany. She was honored as a Laureate and a Guest Scientist at the Chair of Theory, History of Architecture and Art & Design arm of the
university’s Department of Architecture. This program is established in collaboration with the Bavarian Ministry of Education. Some of her other endeavours include being an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the African Leadership Network. As a public speaker, Adenowo has lectured on the arts, architecture, gender issues,
women’s empowerment and entrepreneurial activities in Africa. She has spoken at the Global Women’s Forum and Harvard Business School (African Business Club). She hosts a
syndicated radio show on leadership “Voice of Change”. She has been featured by the international media such as CNN and Fortune. Adenowo has several philanthropic ventures. In 1999 she founded the Awesome Treasures Foundation (ATF), a UN-recognised, faith-based NGO in Lagos, Nigeria. The foundation has a mission to raise leaders, working especially with young people and women. Recognized as a thought leader on Architecture, the Arts, Leadership and Gender issues, she speaks regularly at international summits and conferences including McKinsey & Company Leadership Forum, the Global Women’s Forum, SOLVE at MIT, the Harvard Business School (African Business Club), Cambridge University (African Society), Haust
Der Kunst (Munich), the Institute of Directors, the New African Woman Forum and many other platforms. Her awards include: The Rare Gems Award in conjunction with the United Nations Information Centre and the Women’s Optimum Development Foundation (WODEF), for her work with women empowerment; the International Alliance for Women World of
Difference 100 Award; the International Property Awards (Best Public Service Architecture, 2012); African Property Awards (Best Mixed-Use Architecture; Best Office Architecture and Best Public Service Architecture, 2013); IDEA Awards (Best Commercial Designer 2012; Best interior Architect 2013); The Ekiti State Merit Awards, 2014; IDEA Awards (Best Institutional Architect 2014) , the Cambridge African Society Award and Forbes Woman African entrepreneur award in 2020. She was a jury member of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards and has been featured in the Hall of Fame, Black History Month by the University of West England, Bristol. In 2021 she was featured in Art Historian Agata Toromanoff’s “ Raising the Roof “ a volume on the 50 most celebrated female architects in history .

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