Practice

UCA - Urban & Contemporary Architects is a growing architectural practice based in Lagos, Nigeria with team of young, vibrant-minded architects, designers, artists and innovators of combined experience of over 45 years. The steady growth and expansion of our practice can be attributed to the expression of our desire to deliver top quality projects within the constraints of scope, time and cost to the satisfaction of all stake holders.

Our practice is founded on the principles of people, interactions and flexibility. And though the strategic direction for development of the organization is determined by the partners from time to time, daily running of the firm and its projects is strongly dependent on the respective contribution of all members of staff. On each project, ideas are exchanged amongst a design team to establish the concept and theme that the project will take on, after careful consideration and review of the elemental parameters. Further immeasurable inputs from well structured design meetings – formal and or informal – refine the ideas/concepts and set the platform on which the project is executed: overseen by a partner-in-charge and run on a day-to-day basis by a project architect.

Our goal is to be amongst leading practices offering innovative architectural services in Africa and the world over. Our services and operations are within the fields of:

* Architecture & Design
* Urban Planning
* Project Management

Philosophy

At UCA, we always strive on one hand to be forward-thinking, producing innovative works that proffer present and future solutions – different and bespoke to perfectly suit the clients’/users’ needs. On the other hand, it is important to us that we hold on to the rich values rooted in the inspiring architecture and design works of old – tapping into something that is probably forgotten.

It is our belief that if we stretch far enough in these directions, future and past, – setting our sights on current and anticipated needs, and drawing some inspiration from past works – we will always come up with design solutions and programmes that are “lasting”.

Process

Every project undertaken at/with UCA, no matter its size or scale is approached with enthusiasm and attention from commissioning to completion. No two projects are treated as same regardless of their similarities as each one undergoes meticulous analysis by a team including but not limited to architects, designers and researchers.

Our awareness of the ever-evolving urban lifestyles and associated needs allow us provide long lasting design solutions and programmes that address specific challenges.

We also believe every product should be in tandem with its host environment – be it an accent shelf or a large undeveloped site – as one is an extension of the other and the sustenance of one is dependent on the other. To this end, we consider very carefully all involved elements to enable us create design programmes that we believe are best suited – beginning either from the host environment to the product or vice-versa depending on the character of the project; in order to achieve the best possible outcome for a sustainable project.

The growing global consciousness of climate change, sustainability, ICT, cultural and economic interchange play strongly on our mind and their considerations are usually the start point for each of our design programmes; we strive to create organic design solutions that adequately balance and satisfy respective demands. The clients and the end users are always at the core of our schemes and are very essential to our process; hence they are considered member of the design team and are carried along through every stage of the works. We do not like to surprise them as their input is considered invaluable, after all, our role is to create a bespoke product intended to suit them.

In delivering our programmes, we collaborate with carefully selected allied consultants who share our passion for excellence. And even after a project’s successful conclusion, we do not rest – we test our solutions, ask relevant questions, maintain contact with the end users; and reformulate or readapt our solutions as deemed necessary.

People

Dolapo Falola - Founding Partner
Femi Olaiya - Partner
Niyi Opebiyi - Architect
Folarin Bello - Architect
Ola Samson - Architect
Fisade Akinyemi - Architect
Ayo Adedipe - Architect/Photographer
Yinka Kasumu - Architect
Chike Orji - Graphic Artist
Lolade Aregbesola - Admin. & Accounts
Dare Ogunbamowo - Administrative Personnel
Kunle Olasupo - Administrative Personnel