Covenant Graduate Relishes Triumph at Lagos Architecture Competition
Oke Carlton Adedapo, a 2018 Covenant graduate of Architecture, is deriving great enjoyment from his victory at the recently held Design Week Lagos, where his entry emerged winner of the Architecture Prize for an Airport Masterplan for Lekki, a highbrow area in Nigeria’s commercial capital.
Design Week Lagos is an annual event aimed at promoting creativity in the state by bringing together the city’s thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators to deliver a diverse celebration of design.
Oke, who heard about the competition in the group chat platform of members of his graduating set, said his victory was very interesting and humbling because he saw the runner-up designs and all he could see were the issues in his presentation. “However, being selected as the winner was a very great experience,” he added.
According to him, the Design Week Lagos competition was a two-part competition; one was to design an airport for the Lekki Free Zone that would serve as a hub for transport and tourism in Lagos, and the other was for a design for the airport to be able to accommodate 20 million passengers annually.
For emerging winner, organisers of the competition presented to Oke a substantial cash prize and a mentorship opportunity. He thanked God for life, his parents for always supporting, encouraging and guiding him, and “Architect Simeon Oladokun for dedicating a part of his afternoon to discuss my ideas and give insightful helps and tips that really helped my thought process”.
Oke, who also dedicated his triumph to his girlfriend and friends for supporting him, noted that the stress at school helped him to be able to cope with the workload brought by the competition.
Currently, Oke provides value to architects through 3D printing by printing architectural models, designs, landscapes and dioramas. He disclosed that after paying his tithe, the cash prize would be committed to his Masters Degree. He expressed hope that the Design Week Lagos competition would open new doors and allow him to share what he does (3D printing) with people that he might not have met otherwise.
While commenting on the Architecture award, the organizer, Mr. Osaru Alile said: “Carlton Oke’s submission showed creativity, innovation and originality. The use of iconic cultural elements added to the overall design ethos and represented the values of such a vibrant city as Lagos.”