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Firm wants students to take more interest in architecture

Firm wants students to take more interest in architecture

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Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi

A Lagos-based architectural firm, Design Genre Consultants, has said that it is encouraging undergraduates to take more interest in architecture.

The firm said this in a statement to announce the winners of its yearly design competition for architecture students.

According to the firm, the team of Odunrombi Bambi and Makinde Emmanuel, both MSc-level students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, emerged winners with a cash prize of N100,000, while a team of 300-level students of the same school made up of Adeniran Timileyin, Babalola Tolulope and Kunlere Adetunji, came second with a cash prize of N70,000.

The firm added that the trio of Adejumo Andrew, Soetan Phillips and Oderinde Adeola, also 300-level students of the OAU, who emerged third, were given a cash prize of N50,000.

The statement read in part, “The grand finale, which held at the OAU’s Architecture Department, Ile-Ife, Osun State, witnessed the 11 shortlisted groups making presentations on a project brief titled, ‘Sustainable design of a mixed use complex in downtown Lagos’.

“The contestants were asked to come up with ingenious building designs that will combine both residential, commercial and office structures, using sustainable and environment friendly materials among others, and were judged by a four-man panel.”

The Managing Director, Design Genre Consultants, Mr. Anthony Okoye, who sponsored the competition, was quoted to have said that the desire to deepen the talent base of students by exposing them to real life architectural projects had been the main driving force.

He said, “The purpose of our support of the design competition is to make sustainable design second nature to architects in Nigeria and also contribute to student education, because we believe in deepening their knowledge by allowing these emerging architects the opportunity to gain exposure on real world architectural projects to enrich the quality of education they receive and which will in turn enhance the continuous sustainable improvement of the architecture profession.

“We are happy first at the number of entries. We had well over 20 entries. We also observed the progress made by the contestants/students in their PowerPoint and 3D presentations, and their sustained interest in the competition; this no doubt goes to confirm that our commitment to adding value to the practise of architecture in Nigeria is yielding positive results.”

The Osun State Chairman, Nigeria Institute of Architects, Mr. Goke  Omigbodun, was also quoted to have commended the level of improvement in the contestants’ presentations and urged them to do more research to advance and maintain the high ranking that the OAU architecture department was noted for.

He also emphasised the need for the students to embrace student membership of the institute as this remained a prerequisite to enjoying a blissful professional career in architecture.

The Business Development Manager, Design Genre Consultants, Mr. Dayo Oduleye, stated that the competition, which was the third in the series, was a way to give back to the society.

He added, “We are sponsoring the contest to give back to the school, Obafemi Awolowo University, because it is the alma mater of our managing director and in the process, we hope to observe and identify the natural talent of students just beginning their journey into architecture and get their fresh perspective on form and design.

“We hope to also make the competition more interesting next year by including as part of the price, a visit to some interesting architectural sites in Dubai, Europe and South Africa.”

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