AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS KEYNOTE – 2016



Defining impact naturally extended from that awareness. For Kunlé, a project’s impact stems from the significant value added to human life and the environment. “How much change is registered, either within people or the environment,” he adds.

Gearing that gauge of impact towards encouraging young architects, Kunlé suggests truly understanding the context where one is operating. Places vary and are unique in their social issues, some places are much more engaging than others.

“Think about real issues. Think about challenges the people have if you address them from a point of authenticity,” he asserts. “When [Projects] are driven by real needs and real resources, you create a lot more impact.”

nle_aia-960x550 nle_aia2-960x550

KUNLÉ ADEYEMI – FOUNDER/PRINCIPAL – NLÉ

INTERVIEW WITH KUNLÉ

“Generally growing up, I was exposed to architecture. My father was an architect. I would see the way architecture and space shape people’s lives. The way we use things around us. How we move around the space. I always had that awareness from childhood,” recalls Kunlé.

Defining impact naturally extended from that awareness. For Kunlé, a project’s impact stems from the significant value added to human life and the environment. “How much change is registered, either within people or the environment,” he adds.

Gearing that gauge of impact towards encouraging young architects, Kunlé suggests truly understanding the context where one is operating. Places vary and are unique in their social issues, some places are much more engaging than others.

“Think about real issues. Think about challenges the people have if you address them from a point of authenticity,” he asserts. “When [Projects] are driven by real needs and real resources, you create a lot more impact.”

nle_mfs-ii_10-300x225

nle_mfs-ii_11-300x225

nle_mfs-ii_9-300x225

nle_mfs-ii_7-300x225

nle_mfs-ii_5-300x225

Kunlé founded his practice NLÉ rather recently in 2010 to continue his efforts of socially-conscious design and urban research. With offices in both Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Lagos in Nigeria, NLÉ works internationally with projects shaping areas of Africa, the US, and Europe.

“We’re essentially a young, agile firm growing… defining a path with the right projects that add value to places and people we serve. We are setting new standards with the people we work with. Bridging the gap – gaps of inequality. Gaps of access. Access to resources. Social access. That’s important to us,” explains Kunlé.

“We’ve spent our formative years discovering what makes us different. We’ve worked on small and medium size projects, and we are now scaling up after gaining a lot of experience on several projects. With a new approach to architecture, we are developing ways to scale up social, commercial or institutional projects, and to add value to them whether in so called slums or first world countries.”

Don’t miss Kunlé speak at convention Thursday August 25, as we provide for a more interactive format with special media guest Amelia Taylor-Hochberg, Managing Editor & Podcast Co-Producer of Archinect. Amelia will be conducting the on-stage interview with Kunlé as he presents for the podcast series “Archinect Sessions One-to-One.”

All Images by NLÉ’