The NLÉ team encompasses a young, talented and international group of people, working in close collaboration with experts in multidisciplinary fields.

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Kunlé Adeyemi
FOUNDER | PRINCIPAL

NLÉ is led by Kunlé Adeyemi, an architect, designer and ‘urbanist’ with a track record of conceiving and completing high profile, high quality projects internationally. Born and raised in Nigeria, Adeyemi studied architecture at the University of Lagos where he began his early practice, before joining the world renowned Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in [...]

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Berend Strijland
Architect

After gaining professional experience at an urban design firm in the Netherlands and studies at the Chicago Graduate School of Architecture, Berend graduated from the Technical University Delft studying Architecture and Building Engineering. Since joining NLÉ in 2011, he has been involved in a number of architecture and design projects such as the Mabushi Residential [...]

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Marco Cestarolli
Architect

Marco Cestarolli graduated from the University IUAV of Venice, with a Master in Sustainable Architecture. Thanks to his personal experiences and his study path, he has developed a strong interest in developing countries and in the architectural possibilities that these can produce. Specifically, a part of his studies has been dedicated to the coastal cities [...]

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Farooq Adenugba
Architect

Farooq Adenugba is an architect with flair for creative and social conscious design. He gained his architecture degrees from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi and Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Farooq’s contribution to the team is based on his drive for social impact combined with academic and professional experience gained from Ghana, Nigeria [...]

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Bethan Nelson
Architect Assistant

Bethan Nelson is an integral part of the NLÉ team; possessing exemplary conceptualisation, graphic communication and organisational skills, along with a strong creative flair.

While attaining her undergraduate degree in Architecture at the University of Lincoln she gained a strong curiosity for the social milieu within our cities; thus feeding her passion for user-based design, socially sensitive architecture and social sustainability. In turn giving Bethan an enthusiasm to gain a strong understanding of such architecture and how that can effect the urban fabric; both now and in the future.

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Laura Rokaite
Architect Assistant

Laura finished International Baccalaureate Diploma programme in her hometown Vilnius in Lithuania. After choosing to study abroad she graduated with BSc in Architecture from the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University in the UK.
Laura is interested in the relationship between people and architecture, especially in the developing regions, and she had a chance to explore that in the project about shelter after disaster housing in Kenya. Her final university project being about floating pontoon structures on the river Thames strengthened her interest in architecture that is built on water.

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Nifemi Bello
PRODUCT DESIGNER

A highly skilled and award winning Product Design Masters graduate. Many of my previous projects have included reducing and taking into consideration manufacturing costs, sustainability and lifecycle of products. This approach won me the “Potential for Social Change Award” at the University of Leeds, Product Design Degree Show 2012 and also an invitation to participate in the 2012 New Designers Show.

Nicole Rouillard
Business Manager

PREVIOUS TEAM MEMBERS
2011 - Date

Beryl Boonzaaier
URBAN DESIGNER

Annalisa Moser
ARCHITECT ASSISTANT

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Olina Terzi
Architect Assistant

Olina Terzi has completed her undergraduate studies in Architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture, of Cardiff University, in the United Kingdom; having acquired an International Baccalaureate Diploma, at her hometown Athens, Greece. Throughout her student career, Olina has focused her interest in a socially sensitive architecture, which addresses and initiates social change, as well [...]

Takahiro Yonezu
Architect

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Lisa Anderson
Executive Manager

Lisa Anderson makes things happen. For the last ten years she has worked with charities, public sector organisations and businesses managing large scale projects and generating income through dynamic business development and fundraising approaches. With a degree in International Relations and a Masters in Human Rights she has: helped to deliver cultural programmes for the [...]

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Martin Oreoluwa
Architect

Martin Oreoluwa is a graduate of architecture with degrees from Covenant University and the University of Lagos. His tenacity for hard work and self-determination is combined with creativity. He is able to face challenges with a problem solving mentality and great attitude.

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Segun Omodele
Director NLÉ Nigeria

Segun Omodele is an architect with hands on experience in the Nigerian building and construction industry. He studied at Yaba College of Technology where he obtained his OND in Architecture before advancing to the School of Architecture, University of Lagos, where he obtained his B.E.S(Hons) and B.Arch in Architecture & Design. He worked with Ade [...]

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Monica Velasco
URBAN DESIGNER

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Thijs Bouman
Senior Architect

Working as an independent architect Thijs Bouman aims to produce imaginative places, spaces and objects that transcend functionality. Through a career that started at the office of the renowned Herman Hertzberger he has worked on a variety of projects and came to put great stress on architectural form, its detailing and proper execution of his works. [...]

Chryso Onisiforou
Architect

Rafe Copeland
Graphic Designer

Marije Nederveen
Manager

Charlotte van Leeuwen
Personal Assistant

Matteo Soru
Architect

Patricia Capanema Fernandes
Architect

Ilkka Ala-Fossi
Architect