Wednesday, October 28, 2015

LAGOS ARCHITECTS FORUM 2015- The VERVEPOINTS Perspective.


From this year's theme,  it was obvious that the sixth edition of the Lagos Architects Forum (LAF), an annual event organised by the Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Architects was serious business! From the ease of registration to the calibre of resource persons invited, display of architects’ works and the exposition of products and services by reputable companies, this year’s programme was taken a notch higher and one can daresay that this edition was a runaway success.
 
At the programme which was held at the prestigious Expo Centre of the Eko Hotel and Suites, the Association of Consulting Architects Nigeria was ably represented at the various activities lined up for the four day event from May 6th – 9th 2015. A major highlight of the programme was the series of workshop/ Master Classes headlined by architectural heavyweights from both within and outside the country. Expectedly, ACANigeria’s impact was felt with some of its members forming the bulk of resource persons for the seminars which spanned three days.

ACANigeria President, Arc Tayo Babalakin, Past Presidents - Arc. Olusegun Ladega and Arc. Roti Delano led a host of other esteemed association members who shared their immense wealth of practice experience and knowledge.
Diverse and topical issues relevant to the practice of architecture both from global and national perspectives were satisfactorily dissected. Topics discussed included; Networking and Successful Foreign Collaboration in the Construction Industry”- Arc. Tayo Babalakin -, “Getting Government Projects”- Arc. Olusegun Ladega, Setting Up and Running An Architectural Practice - Arc. Roti Delano, “Development of Victoria Garden City” - Arc Wunmi Agbaje, “Winning Local and International Architectural Competitions” - Arc Ayo Onajide, “Foreign Partnership Collaboration (High Profile Development) - Arc Adetokunboh Laoye, “Engaging An Architect (Victoria Mall Plaza 1&2)”-  Arc. Ibare-Akisan.
Other resource persons included Arc. Theodore Liebman and Arc. Ayo Yusuf both of the Perkins, Eastman Partnership, Arc. Paulo Zielli of Zaha Hadid Architects,  and Arc (Dr) Patrick Tunde Reis of First World Communication Ltd.

                                                                          Inside the Expo Hall
 Display of Architects Works- FMA Architects
                                           

 President ACANigeria, Arc Tayo Babalakin delivering his seminar.
                                    
Arc Ayo Yusuf & Arc Theodore Liebman of Perkins Eastman Architects
                           
Arc Theodore Liebman cutting his surprise cake to mark his 76th birthday
              

Arc. Patience Okonta (R) with Paulo Zilli of Zaha Hadid Architects (L)
A recurrent interesting feature and final activity of the Lagos Architects Programme is the organised tour to places of architectural interest. This year’s itinerary included Eko Atlantic City where the tour group was welcomed by project developers, South Energx Ltd with presentations of the project and then taken on a quick bus tour of some sections of the project site. Paulo Zilli, of Zaha Hadid Architects was spotted at the Eko Atlantic City office. Who knows, one or more of their designs may be dotting the City’s landscape in the future.

CCP Place was the next stop where the Principal Partner of the firm and ACANigeria’s President, Arc. Tayo Babalakin was at hand to receive the group with other staff of the firm and gave a guided tour of the purpose built office. A quick interactive was held in the firm’s expansive conference room.
On the itinerary thereafter was the ATO Architects Office Building where the group was also warmly received by Arc. Bassey Ekaete-Fujah, Executive Secretary ACANigeria and partner of the firm and Arc. Ugo Chris-Aluta. The tour was rounded off with a whistle stop at the NIA Lagos Chapter Office Building.


A portion of Eko Atlantic City Layout
Arc Tayo Babalakin during the interactive session with the tour group

Inside the ATO Architects building

Architects Place, NIA Lagos State Chapter Office building.
















 

 

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