This article identifies our top design visualists in Nigeria based on a survey of industry professionals and referrals. We sought to connect with the visualists and collect data from them, collate such and finally come up with this list of the top visualists in Nigeria (In no particular order.) This post is based on feedback/recommendations received from clients & visualists in the industry, however some visualists did not send in their entries and as such their names have been omitted pending when we get their entries.
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Okolie Uchechukwu, is a freelance 3D Artist and Architect based in Lagos, Nigeria. He is currently doing his Masters in Architecture at the University of Lagos. Prior to this he graduated in Architecture from the University of Nigeria. He often creates CG articles for Castles Lifestyle Magazine and he is the Principal Partner of Cleec Designs.
My full name is Onatemowo Olabode Adeleke, Currently residing in Ogba Ikeja Lagos Nigeria.
•Hobbies – Seeing Sci-fi movies, Playing games, going on tour
•Interest – Extreme creativity, Architecture, 3d illustration and animation, Movie production and editing and Music
•Other curricular activities – Acting and singing.
I lived for 4 years in Plateau State Jos and did most of my primary education there at Alheri Private School Jos. Left Jos 1996 for Ibadan. Schooled in Ibadan grammar School for junior secondary education and later gained admission into Wesley College of Science Elekuro Ibadan in year 2000 for my senior secondary education where I discovered my interest in Architecture being one of the best students in Technical Drawing.
Year 2005, I gained admission into the department of Architecture, Yaba College of Technology Lagos. Went for 3 months SIWES at
EP Graph Konsult in Bodija Ibadan of the Late Architect Olu Akintorin of blessed memory, where I got a hang on the use of the AutoCAD software for 3d modeling and drafting.
2008, I got employed into Minds Eye Limited where I got grounded in the use of AutoCAD 3d modeling, 3dsmax rendering and Photoshop kudos to
Arc. Deoye Bammeke, Arc. Nnamdi Akubuiro and Arc. Dimeji Odusote. I worked with Minds Eye for 2 years after which I returned to school for Higher National Diploma and also made contact with various clients for whom I produce 3d images from time to time while back in school.
I established GOLDER WORKS NIGERIA my brand in 2010.
AutoCAD, 3dsmax, Real Flow, Revit Architecture, Lumion, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premier Pro, Adobe Flash, Corel Draw, Corel video studio, Microsoft office suits.
My name is Akinde Olamidun. I am the owner and Creative Director of 3DMatic Atelier. I probably got hooked with 3Ds as a kid growing up playing a lot of video games and watching tons of cartoons. My fascination with how such pieces of art were created generated a lot of interest in me. As I grew older, my inclination to Architecture sparked the desire to carry out what had been my lifelong fantasy. Doing 3Ds!
The birth of 3DMatic Atelier has been a combination of investing a lot of time and resources in mastering the tools of visualization over the years and building a team of competent and skilled Architect/visualizers. Inspiration for the work that we do comes from everything that surrounds us – particularly nature and personally, several memorable experiences I recall from my relationships with skilled architects and mentors over the years. It has been challenging, exciting and also humbling seeing how far we have come as a team. As with any other Viz firm, I recall starting with light laptops that won’t come any near handling half the geometry that we handle these days (laughs). The Client circle also was quite narrow and for a while was restricted to those who knew me as a freelancer back in the day.
Over the years, we have been able to build a very decent portfolio. Flipping through some of our works, it may be difficult to appreciate the extent of work that has been put into them. Inthis kind of industry, briefs are given with very tight timelines and most times, we deal with several at once! Our work flow really makes it possible to tackle every project with vigour, as it is a requirement to be efficient in the time frame given and still maintain the best quality of
production. It’s a practical experience that gathers over time. We have a long list of very satisfied clients and nothing more makes all the hours of work worth it than seeing that expression of satisfaction on a job well delivered. At 3DMatic Atelier, our drive is to keep blending Computer Graphics (CG) and Architecture to that point of absolute realism.
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Owolabi is the Founder of Ways Studios, A 3d Visualization and Animation studio in Nigeria. Ways Studios has been in operation for up to 7 years and is arguably one of the oldest Architectural Visualization practice in Nigeria. Find below some of the projects of the Owolabi lead team
Ludnid also known as Dadi Dindul is an Architect/Architectural
Visualization Artist based in the FCT. Having obtained his first
degree from the University of Jos, he has worked with a number of
prominent firms within Nigeria the likes of Archi+Web, EF Projects
amongs a few others.
Ludnid strives to create photorealistic and eye catching schemes,
thereby taking every project personal giving a unique touch while
still working within the given time frame.
Kanso is the Founder of OBK Studios, which means Only By Kanso, He has been able to create his company into a leading brand in 3d visualization, Photography, Motion Graphics, design graphics, vfx, sfxand animation. A typically upwardly mobile company, OBK has reinvented the application of architecture and environmental design into Branding, Advertising, Fashion and Media seamlessly. The company is big on social media and so far has the largest number of followers (on twitter) amongst all our visualists. OBK Studios also owns the brand @thesmilinghat
Twitter: follow @thesmilinghat
Gregg, is graduate Architect, and Entrepreneur. with over 5 years in the industry, he has prior experience in Real Estate from one of Nigeria's Premier Real Estate Companies where he was employed as a Design Architect in charge of commercial and Luxury developments and quickly rose up the ranks to pioneer the creation of the Commercial Development subsidiary of the Company where he initiated several projects to inject the much needed capital in the company. He later had a stint with Vertica Images Limited where he mastered the use of 3Ds Max for Architectural visualizations.
His competences lie in Architecture and Planning, design Conceptualization and Visualization, project planning, New media Marketing, Real Estate Development, Business crisis Management.
Currently the Creative Director at Lavaar Atelier, he overseas design and strategy for Lavaar.
[Disclaimer: Some Projects below were done hand in hand with a team of modelers and Architects. However all Visualization done by me]
Twitter: Follow @greggihenyen
Born in Nsukka, Nigeria, Hassan Anifowose – more widely known by the nickname of Cortex is a young architect and CG visualization artist who, in 2007, set up Chronos Studeos
Keen to encourage young architects and CG artists who harbour a similar talent and passion for the subject, Hassan regularly hires new young minds to join the constantly expanding Chronos Studeos team as they undertake projects for clients in Africa and beyond.
Before setting up Chronos Studeos, Hassan studied for five years to achieve a B.Tech in Architecture from the Federal University of Technology in Akure. He was the CAD Manager for Project & Design Associates in Akure, following which he was hired as the architect to oversee on-site delivery of schedules and design updates for the NSITF Towers renovations in Lagos. Hassan has also successfully completed a Master’s degree in Architecture at the University of Lagos.
A Graduate Member of the Nigerian Institute of Architects whose design, ‘SOHO Living for Urban Professionals’ made it to the 2nd stage of the World Architecture News (WAN) Awards in December 2012, Hassan also regularly contributes articles to the company website, www.chronos-studeos.com/blog, specialising in 3D visualization, 3D concepts, keyframing, lighting and animation tips.
Amongst the highlights in Hassan’s increasingly large portfolio of works are his Project Monrovia and Lekki Gardens animations, as well his 3D visualizations for OFON offshore living quarters, Omega Towers, Twin lakes project, the Nigerian Army armoured personnel carrier(APC), the NCDMB headquarters building and many other private residences.
Away from architecture, Hassan has a red belt in Tae Kwon Do martial arts, as well as a keen observer of nature and the animal world. He also loves competing in role-playing computer games from which he earned the ‘Cortex’ nickname. Hassan constantly looks forward to contributing his expertise on architecture and 3D visualization to the Architectural design & CG world.
twitter: follow @chronosstudeos
twitter: follow @hassancortex
Dolapo Is the CEO of Vertica Images, he has had experience in real estate and 3d visualization. He is responsible for chaos Group's VRay Nigeria sales distribution and management.
RAJI KABIR IS THE CEO OF AVANT-GARDE DESIGNS LTD . AN ARCHITECTURAL VISUALIZATION INDUSTRY BASED IN ABUJA, NIGERIA.
WE HAVE BEEN IN OPERATION FOR OVER 9 YEARS AND OUR DESIGNS TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION HUMAN SCALE AND CONTEXT. OUR DIVERSITY OF EXPERIENCE RESULTS IN PROVEN ABILITY TO CREATE REGIONALLY AND CULTURALLY RELEVANT ARCHITECTURAL VISUALIZATION REGARDLESS OF ANY CONSTRAINTS
my name is Mabo Adedotun, and i first got interested in architecture as a 5 year old kid. I remember developing a mental plan of my school, just so i could improve my way-finding, and also couldnt shake the feeling of excitement after seeing a really cool hoise design in a magazine or movie. Especially Sci-fi movies. i had early dreams of being a hollywood CG animator, so architecture and CGViz was a perfect fit.
i first came across 3dmax in 1990, and the 4 viewports on the screen totally freaked me out! the lack of tutorials on the highly pirated copy didnt help either, so many a system crashes later, i learned the basics. 80 percent of what i later learned over the years was from online tutorials and contact with the artists whose works i admired.
Cadvinci came about while i was studying architecture in UNIJOS. i felt an practical, real-world, client-based experience would help the transition to the practice, as well as help understand designs with cost implications. A good architect designs what the client loves, and can afford, whether its a N3m house or a $3m mansion. The first client we had actually commisioned the built project, so it was really thrilling to see hard work become reality.
our philosophy for visualisation is that the project comes first. so we aim at showcasing the building design to the best that we can, and maintain that hierarchy amongst the contents of the scene, for instance not having the building overshadowed by a flashy car or other distracting entourage elements. Our focus on our architecture practice allows us to design projects for most of our clients, sometimes giving a second option on their designs, and this has helped ensure that, not just loving the renders, but a lot of the projects end up being commisioned and moved to site.
Our fascination with the built environment, and more importantly how we experience it, has been our prime focus.