Olajumoke Adenowo (Arc) is a multiple award-winning architect with over three decades of industry experience. Described as Africa’s “starchitect” and trailblazer when profiled by Cable News Network (CNN) and British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), she is one of Africa’s most outstanding architects and the only female in this elite category. Christened the Face of Architecture in Nigeria by The Guardian, she has been featured in the world’s foremost architectural journal Architectural Record, ForbesWomen and Fortune. In 2013, she was instituted into the Hall of Fame of Personalities of Black Ancestry by the University of West England, Bristol, among other global personalities of black heritage.
Adenowo gained admission into Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife at the age of fourteen, and she acquired the first distinction in Masters of Science in Architecture in the university’s history. She is also an alumnus of a number of prestigious institutions including the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the Yale School of Management, the IESE Business School amongst others. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Arbitrators, United Kingdom, and a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Architects.
Adenowo started her career at Femi Majekodunmi Associates, where she had the privilege of designing the Federal Ministry of Finance Headquarters in Abuja. In 1994, she founded her own multi-award-winning architecture firm, AD Consulting, which specialises also in master planning of eco-sensitive developments. AD Consulting is Nigeria’s most internationally awarded firm. She has been the principal partner from inception to date.
In 1999, Adenowo’s passion for raising transformational leaders led her to establish the faith-based philanthropy, Awesome Treasures Foundation, recognised by the United Nations and affiliated to the Edmond De Rothschild Foundations’ Family Philanthropy platform. Awesome Treasures Foundation is established on three continents with initiatives impacting millions.
Adenowo is the pioneer recipient of the New African Women in Business Award and has been recognised as one of Africa’s Top Ten Most Powerful Women in Business, one of Nigeria’s Most Inspiring Women, one of Nigeria’s 100 most Influential Nigerians, the International Alliance for Women World of Difference 100 Award, as well as one of the Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria amongst other honours. Adenowo was the recipient of the 2019 Leadership Award by the Constituency For Africa, Washington DC. In 2019, Olajumoke Adenowo was appointed a visiting professor at Germany’s leading architecture program, Technische Universität München (TUM) in Germany. She was honoured as a laureate and guest scientist at the Chair of Theory, History of Architecture and Art & Design.
Adenowo is a speaker of note at summits and conferences and has spoken at several global platforms including the Global Women’s Forum, Harvard Business School’s Africa Business Club, Cambridge University’s African Society and SOLVE MIT’s flagship Conference for Global Thoughts Leaders and Innovators. She is a minister of the gospel and member of The International Coalition of Apostolic Leaders. She hosts her own syndicated radio program, Voice of Change, on leadership.
Adenowo has served on the juries and panels of global initiatives such as The Cartier Initiative for Women Awards and authored several books including Life Spring, The Mysterious Seed and Appointment with Destiny.
She is married to Olukorede and they are blessed with two men.