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 ’African Water Cities’ being developed by NLÉ - an architecture, design and urbanism practice founded by Kunlé in 2010, focusing on developing cities and communities. NLÉ recently launched MFS II – a new, improved iteration of Makoko Floating School for ’Waterfront Atlas’ - at this year’s La Biennale di Venezia and was awarded the Silver Lion. Other projects include Chicoco Radio Media Center - an amphibious community building in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, ROCK - Lakefront Kiosk in Chicago, USA, CDL Micro nance Bank in Lagos, Nigeria and Serpentine Summer House at the Royal Kensington Gardens in London, UK.
Before founding NLÉ, Kunlé worked for OMA, where he led the design, development and execution of high profile projects such as the Shenzhen Stock Exchange tower in China, the Qatar National Library, and Prada Transformer in Seoul.
Alongside his professional practice, Kunlé is an international speaker and a thought leader on shaping architecture and urban solutions that are closer to societal, environmental and economic needs. He is a multiple award winner, serving as a juror for the 2014 AIA award and 2016 RIBA international Prize. He holds an honorary doctorate degree in Architecture and has taught at several institutions including Cornell University and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York.