One of the foremost professional groups in the built environment industry, the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA) has chronicled its successes towards attaining excellence in creative management of the physical environment.
This was unfolded at its annual 4th Distinguished Lecture Tagged: Beyond Simple Line: Presentation of nearly five Decades of Architectural Practices in Nigeria (1970-2018).
The lecture series was borne out of great commitment of the institute to raise debates on key issues affecting the nation’s built environment and proffer workable and sustainable solutions.
The series is delivered by the past presidents and aimed to project architectural perspectives of critical local national and international issues and challenges, promote advocacies that project architecture and architects.
The forum creates requisite rapport with policy markers and patrons of architecture celebrate the institute’s collective history, encourage necessary bonding across generations and classes of members.
The 14th president of the institute, Gabriel Yakubu Aduku, who delivered the lecture, said the architectural practice has witnessed series of absurdity in Nigeria over the years.
He argued that for architectural practice to thrive, practitioners need to understand the practice within content of 21st century of globalisation, neo-liberal, knowledge-based society.
Aduku said: “the general understanding of the practice of architecture are numerous that they are far beyond the simple lines. The trend in professional philosophical evolution of architectural practice has to be a major factor in Nigeria.”
Earlier, NIA President Njoku Adibe extol the virtues of the Aduku, “the distinguished lecturer as a diligent worker who over the years of its existence in the profession been involved in many landmark project in the country, all of which dot the skylines of our nation
“At a time like this, when we seek a rebirth of our institute and our profession, the apt words beyond simple lines beckon.