Tosin Oshinowo in the Oshinowo Studio talking to a male staff member

TOSIN OSHINOWO

Tosin Oshinowo is a Lagos-based Nigerian architect and designer renowned for her expansive residential and commercial spaces and insights into socially-responsive approaches to urbanism. Much of her work – from conceptual projects to civic master plans – prioritises a vision of architecture and design that is bigger than creating objects and spaces, but extends to underscore a more equitable and expansive vision of our shared future. Deriving inspiration from Yoruba traditions and the international language of architecture and design, Oshinowo explores pathways for the future from a distinctly African perspective that prioritises equity, sustainability, and respect for nature and history while creating a new, more contemporary language of design.

As an architect, Oshinowo is best known as the founder and principal of Oshinowo Studio (formerly cmDesign Atelier), formed in 2013. Based in Lagos, the practice has undertaken a number of predominantly civic projects, including the design of the Maryland Mall, as well as a wide range of residential projects, including light-filled beach houses on the coast of the oceanside city. Her interest in architecture extends into a broader vision of urbanism and community; she recently completed a project with the United Nations Development Programme in Northeast Nigeria, building an entirely new community for a village displaced by Boko Haram.

Oshinowo’s work also spans the conceptual sphere, with a strong interest in architectural history and socially responsive approaches to architecture, design and urbanism, underpinned by a passion for supporting African design and innovation. In 2020, she partnered with Lexus on conceptual design explorations for Design Miami, and she has written prolifically on urbanism, African modernism, design and identity in publications including Expansions, a publication for the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale and an essay for the 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale catalogue. Her writing is also included in Omenka Online, and she also explored this topic in her TEDxPortHarcourt talk in November 2017. In 2019, she co-curated the second Lagos Biennial titled How to Build a Lagoon from a Bottle of Wine?. And was the curator for the 2023 Sharjah Architecture Triennial titled The Beauty of Impermanence: An Architecture of Adpatability.

In Nigeria, She won the 3rd City People Real Estate Awards for Architect of the Year 2017 and the Lord’s Achievers Awards for Creativity in celebration of World Achievers Day 2019. Globally, she was among five finalists for the 2023 Diversity in Architecture Divia Awards and was included in AD100 creatives list for the Middle East.

EXPERIENCE

Oshinowo Studio

Founder and Principal at Oshinowo Studio a collaborative boutique architectural studio, with architects and project managers. The studio’s designs are characterized by a minimal, clean aesthetic and a sensitivity to materiality, as well as environmental and societal impact. Working across residential and civic architecture, the practice has carried out some notable landmark projects in Lagos and other parts of Nigeria.

Notable projects:

  • Rehousing settelment in Northern Nigeria UNDP
  • B&M Gates Foundation Office Abuja
  • Adidas Flagship Lagos
  • Maryland Mall
  • Iconic Home – virtual home for AD

Space Planning

We bring visionary places, spaces and ideas to life. Because without context, vision is just a dream. We love to give shape, context and reality to the most inspiring projects.

Project Management

We are proactive in anticipating and solving challenges. We look to apply technology to refine design, increase efficiency and improve buildability. So if you have your design thought out and need a team on site to handle things, we offer project management.

PUBLIC SPEAKING

Architecture as Built Criticism Shanghai Tongi University Presentation October 2023 

Monocle Quality of Life Conference Munich Panel Discussion September 2023