Olajumoke Olufunmilola Adenowo is an architect by profession. CNN described her as "Africa's Starchitect" and The Guardian (Nigeria) has described her as "the Face of Architecture in Nigeria".
At 14 she enrolled in Obafemi Awolowo University 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.
After graduating from university, Adenowo was hired as an Assistant Architect at Towry Coker Associates. She then practiced as an architect in Lagos at Femi Majekodunmi Associates. She worked on the Federal Ministry of Finance project in Abuja at the age of 23.
She is also an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School (2019), the Yale School of Management (2016), Lagos Business School Chief Executive Programme (2002) and The IESE Business School at the University of Navarra in Barcelona, Spain (2005).
Adenowo founded her own boutique architecture and interior design firm in 1994, AD Consulting when she was 25 years old. Since its inception, AD Consulting has been involved in the design and construction of more than 70 projects. As an architect Adenowo's portfolio includes a host of multi-national and Nigerian clients including Coca-Cola, L’Oreal, The Nigerian Stock Exchange, Access Bank Plc and Guaranty Trust Bank.
Adenowo has been featured in the architectural journal Architectural Record and has spoken at summits and conferences including the McKinsey & Company Leadership Forum and Harvard Business School (African Business Club).
Recognized as a thought leader on Architecture, the Arts, Leadership and Gender issues, she speaks regularly at international summits and conferences including McKinsey & Company Leadership Forum, the Harvard Business School (African Business Club) the Global Women's Forum, SOLVE at MIT, Cambridge University (African Society), Haust Der Kunst (Munich), the Institute of Directors, the New African Woman Forum and many other platforms.
Adenowo hosts a radio show on a syndicated weekly program on Leadership - Voice of Change.
As a public speaker, Adenowo has lectured on the arts, architecture, gender issues, women's empowerment and entrepreneurial activities in Africa. She has been featured by the international media such as CNN and Fortune Magazine.
She is a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Architects, an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of Association of Consulting Architects Nigeria and a member of the African Leadership Network.
In 2019, Olajumoke Adenowo was appointed a Visiting Professor at the Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM) in Germany. She was honored as a Laureate and a Guest Scientist at the Chair of Theory, History of Architecture and Art & Design arm of the university's Department of Architecture. This program is established in collaboration with the Bavarian Ministry of Education.
Adenowo has been honoured with numerous awards for her architecture and philanthropy. These include Forbes Woman Africa Entrepreneur of the Year 2020, The New African Business Woman of the Year Award 2015, the International Property Awards (Best Public Service Architecture, 2012); African Property Awards (Best Mixed-Use Architecture; Best Office Architecture and Best Public Service Architecture, 2013); IDEA Awards (Best Commercial Designer 2012; Best interior Architect 2013); The Ekiti State Merit Awards, 2014; IDEA Awards (Best Institutional Architect 2014), the International Alliance for Women World of Difference 100 Award; and the Cambridge African Society Award.
In 1991, Adenowo was included in the 'Who Will Be Who in The 21st Century' by the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, UK. She was featured in the Hall of Fame, Black History Month by the University of West England, Bristol.
She has also been honored as an Ambassador of Excellence for outstanding achievements in Architecture and Women's development by her alma mater.
Olajumoke has been recognised as one of Africa’s 50 Most Powerful Women by Forbes Woman Africa. She was recognized as one of Nigeria's 100 Most Powerful African Woman by WIAW and Africa's Most Inspiring Business Woman by the La Batisseurs Des Economie De L’Afrique.
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