A Nigerian-born ar
chitect, based in South Africa; Ola Adetunji has urged Nigerian architects to always ensure that they did design that would be sustainable, and with minimal negative impact on the environment.
Ola, who was speaking during the seminar organised by the Nigeria Institute of Architects (NIA), Rivers State Chapter in Port Harcourt, noted that there is no life without architects and that there was no space without time.
He said that architects were agents of change, and therefore should channel their productivity towards change that would transform the society for good. He noted that there was need for them to evolve ways of tackling numerous challenges in the society through their activities.
Architect Ola urged his colleagues to be advocates of change and good governance as they celebrated their week.
He said that he had designed several projects that were sustainable both in Nigeria and other developed countries, pointing out that urbanisation is a process, but not an event, adding that if architects in Nigeria began to think of the people rather than individuals, in due season, the society would experience transformation in their design.
He also said that the best they could do in that regard was to always evolve new building design strategies that can take care of the need of the low income group who are in dare need of housing to make them confortable.