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Kunlé Adeyemi

Kunlé Adeyemi, architect and Dezeen Awards 2019 judge

Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi is founder of architecture, design and urbanism practice NLÉ.

Adeyemi founded NLÉ in 2010, an award-winning studio that explores connections between the environment and humanity through the promotion of diversity and coexistence. Adeyemi also runs the research project African Water Cities, which saw the creation of the Makoko Floating School in Nigeria, a project that responds to urbanisation and climate change in Africa.

NLE’s international projects include notable designs in Nigeria such as a community centre, a lakefront kiosk in Chicago and a 2016 Serpentine Summer House.  NLÉ was the recipient of the Silver Lion Prize at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Adeyemi is a lecturer and researcher at multiple universities including Harvard University, Cornell University and Columbia University, where he focuses on urban and architecture solutions and tackles social, environmental and economic issues. With his combined research and architectural background, Adeyemi aims to bridge the gaps in urban development and create cities that benefit both people and the environment.

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