The practice of architecture in Nigeria confronts the professionals with the multiple challenges of reformation, transformation, creativity and much more. A lot of the traditional architecture had been lost through natural decay and cultural decadence.
The universal dialogue and debate about modernism or post-modernism are met in this clime with deaf response. The challenge is further compounded by the absence of data and statistics leading to a blind approach to creativity.
Reluctantly, there is always feeble attempt at nostalgic recall of the African art-form. Such expression becomes academic and demagogy. Our architecture at the moment mimics the styles of Europe and America, and for good measure, this may be inevitable and necessarily so as we are trained in the language and the environment of this civilization.
With time however and better confidence we are truly approaching that era on the continent when our architecture will re-invent distinct African landscape and cityscape. This is the major objective of our practice.
For now we focus on the universal desire of architecture to promote a fluent spatial language between man and the hard elements of the buildings and the ambient environment.