Kunlé Adeyemi is an architect, designer, and urban researcher, and founder of NLÉ, an architecture, design, and urbanism practice founded by Adeyemi in 2010, focusing on developing cities and communities. His work includes Makoko Floating School (MFS), a prototype structure on the lagoon at the heart of Lagos, Nigeria and part of African Water Cities, an extensive research project by NLÉ. MFS II, a new, improved iteration of Makoko Floating School, was in the exhibition Waterfront Atlas at this year’s Venice Biennale, where it was awarded the Silver Lion. Other projects include an amphibious community building in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, a pop-up pavilion/public sculpture in Chicago; CDL Microfinance Bank in Lagos, Nigeria; and Serpentine Summer House at the Royal Kensington Gardens in London. Before founding NLÉ, Adeyemi worked for OMA/Rem Koolhaas, 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. He has won multiple awards and served as a juror for the 2014 AIA awards and 2016 RIBA international Prize. He holds an honorary doctorate in architecture from Hasselt University, Belgium, and has taught at several institutions, including Cornell University (visiting critic, 2015) and Columbia University’s GSAPP (adjunct associate professor, 2016). He is currently a design critic in architecture at Harvard GSD.
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