“Architecture should respond to human perception” – Seun Oduwole.
It isn’t breaking news that we are surrounded by bad design. We believe it’s due to the lack of a sound design process. Perspective is a shot at educating ourselves, other designers and non-designers on design processes while maintaining a visual balance.
Architecture in Nigeria has evolved to be a fusion of different architectural styles from different regions around the world. Initially, as a response to the difference in lifestyle, climate and culture of returnees into the country, our architecture seems to have lost its purpose. Gradually our architecture has lost its identity and does not cater to the history and the culture of the people living in and around it.
This issue focuses on three architects who are trailblazers in their field. Seun Oduwole, the sculptural architect who tells stories with his buildings; Tosin Oshinowo, the minimalist architect who is concerned about how people physically experience space and works with colour in moments; and James Inedu-George, the speaker-architect who approaches architecture unconventionally. One thing is clear: Architecture is about people, not buildings.
After selecting Seun, Tosin and James as the feature architects, we interviewed them, discussed their history as architects, processes and favourite project(s)—created by them.
Seun, currently the principal designer at SI.SA, has designed and supervised many signature buildings across continents. He designed the BOI headquarters in Abuja, a project which he believes taught him a lot about the Nigerian market.
Tosin, currently the director at cmD+A, is well known for designing the Maryland mall famously known as ‘the big black box’. Her work with the popular artist, Victor Ehikamenor was featured on the Netflix series ‘Amazing interiors’.
James, currently the head of design at HTL Africa, is well known for his eccentric ideas and speaks on architecture all over the world.
Based on each architect’s personality, each chapter is designed with a unique typography and colour palette. The magazine cover is an expression of how different styles of architecture make up an environment—what better expression than to use the buildings they designed themselves.
The picture-heavy publication is available digital and limitedly in print.
Here's a link to the online version.
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