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The Academic

The Academic

Olajumoke Adenowo was enrolled in Obafemi Awolowo University at 14 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Architecture at age 19. As an undergraduate, she won the prize for Best Student Design. She obtained her Master's of Science in Architecture, with distinction, from the same university in 1991.

Adenowo has stated that her interest in architecture was ignited by visits to Paris and the Palais de Versailles as a young child, as well as living on the Obafemi Awolowo University campus. These inspired her design philosophy - the core lesson being that in its functionality, architecture must be sensitive to its climactic, technological, infrastructural and physical contexts.

She is an alumnus of several prestigious institutions including, Harvard Kennedy School (2019), the Yale School of Management (2016), The IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Barcelona, and the Lagos Business School Chief Executive Programme (2002). She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Architects and a member of the African Leadership Network. 

She speaks regularly at international summits and conferences including McKinsey & Company Leadership Forum, the Global Women’s Forum, SOLVE at MIT, the Harvard Business School (African Business Club), Cambridge University (African Society), Haust Der Kunst (Munich), the Institute of Directors, the New African Woman Forum and many other platforms.

In 2019, Adenowo was appointed a Visiting Professor at the Technische Universistat Munchen (TUM) in Germany.  She was honoured as a Laureatee and a Guest Scientist at the Chair of Theory, History of Architecture and Art & Design arm of the university’s Department of Architecture. The program was established in collaboration with the Bavarian Ministry of Education.

She was featured in the Hall of Fame, Black History Month by the University of West England, Bristol.

She is a recipient of the Cambridge African Society Award and has been honored as an Ambassador of Excellence for outstanding achievements in Architecture and women development by her alma mater.  She was recognized as one of 100 Most Influential Nigerians, named as one of the Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria.

MIT’s Solve

MIT’s Flagship Summit for Global thought Leaders and Innovators -Solve.

Haus Der Kunst, Munich

Speaking at Haus Der Kunst in Munich, At the El- Anatsui exhibition on Form and Space; Architecture in Nigeria.

Professorial Duties, Munich

Professorial Duties, Speaking at Haus Der Kunst in Munich, At the El- Anatsui exhibition on Form and Space; Architecture in Nigeria.

At Harvard Business School

At Harvard Business School