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We first attended the Constrad fair in 2012 and suffice it to say we were blown away! A trade show specifically for the design and construction industry which brilliantly brought together the industry’s professionals, manufacturers and consumers was simply amazing! So imagine our excitement about the 2013 fair!
Constrad was established by a team of experienced professionals with a track record in organizing and facilitating series of Trade Shows, Conferences, Workshops, Seminars, and Construction related Expos and events in Nigeria. They are dedicated to providing world class service to the industry, creating several platforms and major activities where the various sectors of the industry can interact and rub minds on very many global issues particularly those that threaten the industry as well as those that promote the industry from sustainability to energy, the impacts of technology, metals and mining , Oil and Gas, Security to Buildings, Interiors all on the Environment, and as they impact the daily lives of Nigerians now and in the future.
The constradfair 2013 was not as attended as the 2012 fair but we were still excited about the unique products from exhibitors including dry construction solution, made in Nigeria outdoor furniture, elevators and escalators, bathroom accessories, pipe systems, marble tiles and lots more! Enough talk, see for yourself!
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When I was younger, the view of a city from a landing aircraft or a cruising water vessel
offshore fascinated me for as long as I can remember. Unfortunately, I hadn’t traveled very much to understand the urban fabric and context of different cities, so my fascination was pretty much limited to whatever I see in the movies or other media, and ofcourse, however I could imagine it. Initially, I had trouble deciding whether to be an architect or a civil engineer. But for some inexplicable reason, I ended up studying architecture, and it was a rewarding journey studying at Obafemi Awolowo Univeristy, Ile-Ife.
Many architects have said again and again that the architect’s primary title is “the keeper of the built environment”. We are responsible for the environment and anything built on it. Mastery of this duty doesn’t come easy. It takes years of study, observation, practice, and personal development to have all the information and know-how on one’s finger tips. Travelling abroad, I understood a lot more about the environment – the diversity of it – and the people and culture native to each one. How these cultures dictates the shaping of the environment, what kind of buildings are erected and in what design, choice of colour and patterns, art and décor, uniqueness and identity. I admired and studied the works of several renowned architects, and had the opportunity to work with some of the brightest and widely experienced.
My first project was not design in itself, rather it was to establish design regulations. We were commissioned by the Abu Dhabi Municipal Council, UAE to script the new guidelines for the design of Mosques in Abu Dhabi.
It was a project that involved extensive research like I’ve never experienced or imagined. We were a consultant team of architects, urban designers, city planners, language translators, research analysts, project managers, technical advisers and other experts, and designers. We corresponded from our office in Kuala Lumpur, traveled to the UAE when necessary, and because of the time difference and constant communication, working round the clock became pretty normal. Our high-profile client had little tolerance for missing deadlines so we remained on our toes for months. We covered as much aspects of mosque design as we could; mosque size criteria, required minimum prayer space per person, radius of coverage for mosques, population and user characteristics, Islamic art and architecture, road and street design requirements, car parking and circulation, vehicular and pedestrian access, types of arches, window and door types, hallways and loggia, spatial relationships and hierarchy of sanctity of spaces, ablution fountains and courtyards, sanitary facilities, water features and landscaping, minaret height and design requirements, etc. Given the scope, sensitivity, and constant review and deliberation due the level of detail of the project, compilation could take (has already taken) years to complete.
Kuantan International Airport
My first design project was the Kuantan International Airport. The new airport was to serve as a ‘gateway to the east coast’. The objective of the project was to create a channel for bringing international trade to East Malaysia, and easier export of Malaysian-made products. The building’s design concept was drawn from the emblem of the project site’s home state, Pahang, featuring the elephant tusks. The master plan comprises three terminals: the public main terminal, the King’s royal pavilion/terminal, and a Hajj terminal
Of the 3.7 million sq. ft. space of the entire development, the main terminal will comprise 441,000 sq. ft of retail, office, service, and circulation space. The airport is proposed to support and sustain the surrounding industrial facilities catering for key sectors of the economy within a ten kilometer (10km) radius of the airport. Most notable are the automotive factories, oil and gas factories, educational and commercial facilities, and shipyard located nearby.
Most of the other projects I co-designed have been residential and mixed commercial. 245 Jalan U-Thant is a high-end residential project set in the prime ‘Embassy Row’ in the center of Kuala Lumpur. From a base of simple rectangular boxes, the design concept adopts a simple L-shape layout to capture magnificent views of the city and its greenery, allowing maximum natural daylighting, and abundant natural ventilation. The design approach is anchored on simplicity, harnessing passive energy systems, and a strong tropical albeit contemporary theme. The 23 units comprises of 4-bedroom units ranging from 5,100 sq. ft. to 5,800 sq. ft. regular units to the exclusive 6-bedroom 10,800 sq. ft. penthouse suites with rooftop swimming pools and sky-gardens. The structure’s simplicity gives the freedom of tropical expression on the building façade.
The building’s landscape design creates an atmosphere of serenity and a blend of nature and man-made structure at ground level as well the individual gardens of each unit. State-of-the art security and communication systems are incorporated in the design. In all the development addresses privacy, individuality, comfort and convenience, taste, and contemporary luxury living. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2014.
D’Latour is the 2nd phase of three mixed-commercial projects to be developed in Sunway, Malaysia. The development comprised of two towers; the SOHO tower (Tower 1), and the Serviced Apartments tower (Tower 2). The tower units are double-storey loft-style spaces, designed as contemporary boutique suites to maximize natural daylighting and comply with regulatory floor area requirements. The SOHO tower starts off with a wide base on the fourth floor and steps up to a taper on the fourteenth floor, creating a garden atrium. External aluminum cladding conceals the steps and finishes the edges in a smooth curve. The Serviced Apartment tower is a regular shape structure with intermittent sky-gardens on random floors.
The building’s unique feature is the elevated swimming pool. The pool’s construction consists of an acrylic panel base to allow view from the café/pavilion beneath which is enveloped with concrete in a customized webby design. Construction started in January 2013 and the building is scheduled to be completed by late 2015.
D’Twist is the 3rd phase of three mixed-commercial project to be developed in Sunway, and the ‘younger brother’ of D’Latour. The concept of three twisting towers rising from a podium shell gave a unique sense of identity and appeal to the client and the cityscape. The building comprises a podium accommodating four floors of elevated parking, and 250,000 sq.ft. of commercial retail space with a 9-screen cinema floor on level 4. The ground floor is comprised of boutique shops, food and beverage outlets, and concierge service for the hotel tower. The lush landscaping of the podium top nests the recreational facilities which include the swimming pools, gymnasium, sun deck, health and wellness center, and other facilities. Like D’Latour, the tower units are double-storey loft-style spaces. The three towers comprises an office tower (Tower 1) with 22 double-storey floors, a hotel tower (Tower 2) with 20 double-storey floors, and a residential tower (Tower 3) with 32 double-storey floors. Altogether, the building comprises 1,400 double-storey units.
As with a building of this nature, structure is a challenge – twising columns and ‘regular’ slabs or a super-thick core with beamless post-tensioned transfer slabs? The tapering floor layouts didn’t make things easy either, especially for the tallest tower (Tower 3). Wind tunnel tests showed a deflection of less than one meter having adopted a suitable structural system. At every eight floor interval is a 2m-thick transfer slab which will also serve as base for eight-floor high themed atriums. At 285m tall, the building is in line to be the tallest residential tower in Malaysia upon completion. Construction is scheduled to begin in January 2014.
Camps IBN Tachfine is a 260-hectare brownfield master plan developed for the proposed new city in Marrakech, Morocco. The Master Plan comprises a total of 1.83 million sq. mtrs. of commercial and residential space. The existing site comprises a redundant military barrack and slum dwellings. A relocation plan has been set up by the government to resettled the inhabitants while the project progresses. The project is envisioned to cater for increasing housing need in Marrakech, supporting the very commercial Gueliz District, and create a sustainable urban development. The master plan is generally low-rise as required by local regulations, and comprises six districts. Each district is uniquely designed and identified by land-use and population distribution. The central park is designed after the ancient Andalusian Gardens and serves as an integrating factor for the districts. Efficient road and circulation networks eases transportation and reduces traffic congestion.
By Olawoyin Folajuwon
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Can we meet you sir?
My name is 'dele Adeyemi, I am the group Principal partner of Darchi Workgroup. We are a team of architects, town planners, interior designers and developers. Our head office is in Ikeja, Lagos.
Where did you train, Locally or Internationally?
I trained locally in ABU Zaria, then the greatest architecture school Nigeria could offer then, I am not sure where they rank today
What are your thoughts about NIA?
NIA is not as political and cult-like on young people feel and from my experience what people from outside think is not what is obtainable.
Really? Have you had insider experience beyond membership?
I was once the Director of Education and secretary of NIA examination board, responsible for Accrediting Universities and running of NIA professional examinations. I served in that capacity for 10 years, and left office in 1991. Then I became General Secretary of NIA in 1991 and served for 2 years, by 1993 I left the leadership of NIA all together and faced my private practice fully
Many young Architects do not see the benefit(s) of membership, are there any?
That's very true! Do you know we have over 20, 000 architects in Nigeria and yet only just over 3, 000 are registered, this is a thing of concern .
The one problem NIA has had is with information dissemination to the public and as such people fear that the process of becoming a member is complex and burdensome, so they stay away. Well, the key advantage of being a member is that you receive messages, insider information on activities locally and internationally on a regular basis strictly for registered or associate members.
What has been your most rewarding Projects so far, in terms of Local and International recognition?
The Ecumenical Centre in Abuja, we received a lot of comments from the international community on this project
What were your inspirations for the Ecumenical Centre?
Inspiration basically was from God. I know that sounds cliche but how do you explain how we won the competition?
See, four architecture companies were selected randomly to bid for the job and the brief was given with a set duration of 8 weeks, we only entered the competition later at the 4th week and had just 4 weeks to finish. We worked day and night to come up with a mind blowing presentation. I believe one thing that helped was the presence of a complete model of the building, the judges and CAN were blown away by that.
Experience or challenges during Construction
So much diversity in the church brought about so many opinions, in fact the internal politics behind how the church came to a final conclusion can be written in a very big book. As at the time of initiation Olubunmi Okojie was the chairman, there were 2 others after him before the completion of the church. The Project officially started in 1988 and was completed and opened by 2009, spanning a total of 21 years. The project was actually built by 3 contractors, first an Italian Contractor started it, then Julius Berger continued but it was finished by Gitto Construction.
The need to establish a Christian presence in the new Federal Capital brought about the speed of execution from design to construction at the first stage. As such the Belfry was the first to be built and with this the much needed insignia of the presence of dual religions in the state was set up.
Politics in Nigeria is very crucial to such a project taking off and finishing successfully, as such I must commend two presidents who influenced the completion of the church. General Ibrahim Babangida, who ensured funds were released to CAN to execute the project against all odds and Olusegun Obasanjo who saw to the completion.
Any Critiques on the Ecumenical Centre?
There has been many but the one that stood out was one from an Italian architect who complained that the Belfry was not colorful and that spoilt the design in his opinion.
What elements do you like most in the design?
Funny enough, the belfry, which is highly functional and striking, It towers up to 13 floors in height and has offices on each floor.
What other projects has Darchi Work Group been involved in?
There are several but I will limit them to the popular ones;
1. Ecumenical Centre Abuja
2. Olumo Rock Development, Abeokuta
3. OPIC plaza, Maryland, beside Sheraton
4. Phototech Building, Popularly known as Adebola House in Ikeja as well
5. RCCG Head Quarters Ebute Metta
6. Presidential Hill Estate, Abeokuta
7. Sky Pavillion, Ikeja Lagos.
The Rotating Stage; What is the Idea behind that sir?
I will not say there is any idea particularly, it simply was a decision we had to make as we realized that many different denominations in the church had a firm belief as to where the stage is meant to be positioned based on their doctrines and rituals. The solution was imminent, we needed something that would fit all. So after a trip abroad we met with foreign contractors who came to install the stage and that was pretty much the end of the problem
Any Advice or thoughts on Architecture?
In my days we got inspiration from meeting great architects you read about in books and Papers, today we have less of that happening even with the ease of communication. This is a vital element missing in the education of young architects amongst other things. You will notice that many of the big named firms in Nigeria started out as foreign firms but later due to regulation, indigenes began to co-own them, and other factors forced some of the then practices out of Nigeria. I believe it is good for the foreign companies to be involved but it is about time we had indigenous practices thriving and exploring the possibilities in African architecture or soon more of the foreign ones will return and take over helping us define our landscape.
Thank you very much for your time sir
You are welcome
HERE ARE SOME IMAGES OF THE ECUMENICAL CENTRE
The accidental Architect shares the story of an architect who started out without the intentions of being in the field of architecture, some of us know very well how it feels to be given a course of study different from that which you are passionate about but in this case our writer had to sink or swim, she probably almost drowned as architecture is not a course to stumble upon, it is not for the feeble minded or the man that loves sleep neither is it for the glutton. However, this story is a story of success, of sheer determination through tough learning conditions and a proof that sometimes we do not know what we are capable of until we look through the right lenses. I will like to introduce to you Ms. Tolu Tokun, ANIA, PMP.
It's rather hard to go back in the days when it all started, it is even harder to put my thoughts together as I should because I am not a writer. However, I will try, someone out there may just need to read this.
When I wrote JAMB in 2002, I had the intention of studying medicine and I was determined to do just that so I studied hard, I even got into a tutorial centre and gave my best in it. When I got admission into Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife, I found that I didn't make the cut off for medicine so I was given building technology. I was heartbroken and ready to wait another year to rewrite the 2003 JAMB exam. At the time my admission letter arrived, my father was not in town but when he came back, he insisted I pursued the admission I had gotten, even if I wanted to still rewrite JAMB. That was how I found myself in OAU Ile Ife.
By the time I got to Ife, it was really getting late for 'freshers' registration. I needed to hurriedly confirm my admission and as such I went to the Dean, Faculty of EDM (Environmental Design and Management) and told him to help me, he was a friend to an uncle so he looked into my case. He told me to pick another Department, one that I liked, but to be candid none seamed appealing, how could I drop so far from medicine to these bricklayer professions? I thought to myself. So standing right in front of his office the man gave me Architecture, because he felt that was the best department...and that was that!
It was downhill from there, from the backbreaking freehand drawings under the sun, to the spilling of ink all over myself, to White House Down, to the late nights, to the Tsunami in 200 Level where almost everyone in school had a steep drop in CGPA, I was hit hard and felt I could not continue. The one thing that kept it all together was the spirit of unity, friendship and serene environment Ife had to offer.
Interestingly, I wouldn't say accidental now for me anymore. That may have been what I felt then, but I have found a niche in architecture that has made me realize how important my architecture journey was to building my career. By the time I was finally through with school, I realized I wouldn't be able to go anywhere fantastic with how the school of architecture rated me. I knew I was definitely more than the level they had rated me, so I decided to reinvent myself. I went into project management and got a certification in PMP. I worked as a project manager on some projects for about a year, then decided to challenge myself a little more. That was when I went into interior design.
Learning interior design wasn't abstract for me because it was something I naturally flowed with. I could do anything to learn it as a profession, that was why it was easy for me to travel every week to Lagos for a year. So, for about a year I was travelling Lagos - Ibadan on Thursdays and coming back Sunday mornings so I can resume at work Monday morning then work to Wednesday etc. Eventually I finished my program in 6thsense interiors, and resigned from my work. Ever since, I have been into interior design professionally. That is the most exciting job I do now!!! However, I still do architectural drawings here and there, but I don't get as excited as I do when handling interior projects.
Many today do not understand, why I wouldn't be excited about architecture jobs, because they feel that is what I studied. But at the risk of sounding cliche I will say this, - there's really something about deriving pleasure from what you do. I have found that in painting peoples spaces, getting furniture to match the space, fixing their curtains, drapery and all kinds of vertical blinds, suggesting themes for my clients and managing projects for a living.
I love to organize people, projects and arrange spaces.
I'm still in the process of being an Architect, as the journey really never ends. I hope to do my NIA full membership pretty soon. Finally, you know why I wouldn't say 'accidental architect' any longer? - because I needed to go through the frustrations and discipline of the archi-studio in Ife to discover an aspect of architecture that I LOVE!
By Tolu Tokun
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What is Chaos Group?
Chaos Group provides innovative rendering solutions for the media, entertainment, and design industries. For over a decade the flagship rendering software, V-Ray®, has set the standard for speed, quality, reliability and ease of use, and it has become the rendering engine of choice for renowned international studios.
The company proudly supports the 3D community through a suite of software solutions: V-Ray® for Autodesk® 3ds Max®, V-Ray® for Autodesk® Maya®, V-Ray® for Autodesk® Softimage®, V-Ray® for Rhino®, V-Ray® for SketchUp®, Phoenix FD™ for Autodesk® 3ds Max®, Phoenix FD™ for Autodesk® Maya®, and Pdplayer™.
This piece of genius software enables most architects and 3d artists have a more photorealistic feel to their 3d projects. Chaos Group is headquartered in Bulgaria but now officially is in Nigeria offering several watery deals on Original VRay Licences and other benefits. We caught up with the Representative of Nigeria to give us a background on himself and here is what he has to say
My name is Dolapo Ojelabi, as you already know. I studied Architecture at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. I have always loved creating beautiful pictures and drawings, and it was naturally love at first sight the moment I saw my first 3D rendering, I knew without a doubt that this was a medium I wanted to master
I got into 3ds max in 2003 while still in school, or should I say I tried to. Like everyone I knew back then, I had toyed with Poser, Bryce and a host of other 3d programs, but couldn't really master those. After asking around, 3ds Max was fingered as the software to learn and master. Unfortunately, everyone I asked about learning the software kept telling me how stressful it was, and how I needed to learn modeling first, and how they wouldn't know where to start teaching me from, etc. Paying for classes wasn't something I could afford back then, so I simply started learning modeling using Autocad & accurender, which was pretty straight forward to learn. I kept this up for about 3 years.
During my NYSC, I decided to learn by myself, and printed out the huge 3ds max help file chapter by chapter, dedicating myself to learning the software everyday
To make this possible, once I got home around 10pm from work, I put in 2-3 hours work on learning the software till about 12am ( which was when my hosts turned off the generator for the night). I always had to be out of the house by 5.30am to go to work, so it was a pretty hectic schedule. But I was determined to learn, since it was pretty obvious that those who had the knowledge were not going to share it without some sort of value exchange.
In retrospect, I should simply have borrowed the money and learnt from a very good person. The route I took was stressfull, and took longer than necessary. I ran into hitches, especially since I was using the inbuilt mental-ray back then, which had next to no online user community I could tap into.
However, I was fortunate enough to have certain friends and colleagues who were more advanced in the use of 3ds max, and who were generous with their advice and help. Owolabi Akano and Ighodaro easily top that list. They both helped me out a lot in those early days, taking my weird calls and patiently walking me through in minutes, issues I had battled with for days..
Anyway, as I advanced in 3d , I realised there was more to creating these images than clicking on the render button. I therefore began to study color theory, photography, cinematography, all in a bid to really master what I was doing.
After 3+ years of this, I was fortunate to be picked as one of the foundation students of the Bristish Council/ Lagos Business School EDS Creative Lives program, and with the momentum gained from the intensive training and exposure, I was able to start Verticaimages Ltd (www.verticaimages.com) in November 2008, as a visualisation company, specialising at that time strictly in architectural 3d Visualisations and animations.
Those were heady and extremely exciting days that I will always remember with fondness and horror; fondness at the late nights, and the crash parties trying to make deadlines with team members; horror at the naïve outlook I had back then that is unfortunately the hallmark of every creative person
In 2010, my company became the official partner for Chaosgroup software, of V-Ray rendering engine fame, and the rest, as they say, is history.
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.
Read and enjoy.
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
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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]
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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.
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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.