Nigerian Architect, Kunle Adeyemi, Nominated For 2021 Pritzker Award

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Once again, the Nigerian name has been etched in gold in the international community.

Kunle Adeyemi, a Nigerian architect, appeared in the list of nominees for the 2021 Pritzer Award.

Referred to as “architecture’s Nobel,” the international prize was established by the Pritzker family of Chicago through their Hyatt Foundation in 1979, and awarded each year to a living architect/s for significant achievement.

Its main purpose is “to honor a living architect or architects whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision, and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.”

The award, which consists of $100,000 (US) and a bronze medallion, is conferred on the laureate/s at a ceremony held at an architecturally significant site throughout the world.


Architect, designer and development researcher, Kunle Adeyemi’s works are internationally recognised for originality and innovation. He is the founder and principal of NLÉ – an architecture, design and urbanism practice founded in 2010, for innovating cities and communities.

Kunle Adeyemi.

His notable works include ‘Makoko Floating School’, a groundbreaking, prototype floating structure once located in the lagoon heart of Lagos, Nigeria. Makoko Floating School has since evolved into ‘Makoko Floating System (MFSTM)’ – a simple, prefabricated, building solution for developments on water – now deployed in 5 countries across 3 continents. This acclaimed project is part of NLÉ’s extensive body of work – the ‘African Water Cities’ – which explores the intersections of rapid urbanisation and climate change.

In 2016, NLÉ was awarded the Silver Lion Prize for its second iteration of Makoko Floating School (MFS II – Waterfront Atlas) at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Other NLÉ projects include A Prelude to The Shed in New York, USA, the Black Rhino Academy in Karatu, Tanzania and the Serpentine Summer House at the Royal Kensington Gardens in London, UK.

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