Kunlé Adeyemi is an architect, designer and 'urbanist'. He is a 2011 Callison Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the University of Washington, teaching and researching "The Modern City in the Age of Globalization" in Chandigarh -- India’s first planned modern city.
Recently, he was creative director for Lagos Photo 2010, Nigeria’s first contemporary public photography exhibition, with the African Artists' Foundation.
Adeyemi has a track record of conceiving and completing high-profile, high-quality projects in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He carried out many of these projects as Senior Associate and Project Principal at the world renowned Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Netherlands. These include the award-winning Samsung Museum of Art, SNU Museum, NM Rothschild Bank London, Shenzhen Stock Exchange tower China, Prada Transformer Korea, Central Library, Strategic Studies Center, Headquarters for Qatar Foundation Doha and Lagos 4th Mainland bridge/masterplan.
Born and raised in Nigeria, Adeyemi studied architecture at the University of Lagos, where he began his early career before joining Rem Koolhaas/OMA. In 2010, after nearly a decade at OMA, he moved on to start his own practice NLÉ focusing on "the architecture of developing cities".
He has always pursued this interest via a number of research papers and study opportunities, including a post-professional degree from Princeton University, where with Peter Eisenman he investigated rapid urbanization and the role of market economies in developing cities of the global South, focusing on Lagos. His hypothesis ‘Urban Crawl’ published in the Log Journal 2007.
Adeyemi is frequently an invited speaker, lecturer and visiting critic at prestigious institutions such as the Guggenheim New York, Harvard University, the Cooper Union, School of Oriental and African Studies, Architectural Association in London, ETH in Zurich, Chandigarh College of Architecture India and TUDelft in the Netherlands.