Principal Architect, cmDesign Atelier, Nigeria
Last updated: February 06, 2023
Tosin Oshinowo is a Lagos-based Nigerian architect and the founder of cmDesign Atelier (cmD+A).
She is renowned for her expansive residential and commercial spaces, and insights into socially responsive approaches to urbanism. Grounded in a deep respect for Yoruba culture and history and coming from a markedly African context, her designs embody a contemporary perspective on the next generation of African design and Afro-minimalism: a responsive reflection of the past, present, and future of architecture and design that prioritizes sustainability, resilience, and poise.
cmDesign Atelier (cmD+A) is based in Lagos and was established in 2012. The practice has undertaken several predominant civic projects, including the design of the Maryland Mall, as well as a wide range of residential projects, including luminous beach houses on the coast of the oceanside city. Her interest in architecture extends into a broader vision of urbanism and community as well; she is currently working on a project with the United Nations Development Programme in Northeast Nigeria, building an entire new community for a village displaced by Boko Haram.
Prior, to creating her practice she worked in firms such as Skidmore Owing & Merril and OMA. Her practice has undertaken numerous projects, including the design of the Maryland Mall and her designs embody a contemporary perspective on the next generation of African design and Afro-minimalism.
Her work also spans into the conceptual sphere, with a strong interest in architectural history and socially responsive approaches to architecture, design, and urbanism, underpinned by a passion for supporting African design and innovation.
Tosin Oshinowo has also won numerous awards, including the 3rd City People Real Estate Awards for Architect of the Year 2017 and the Lord’s Achievers Awards for Creativity 2019. She is currently working on a project with the United Nations Development Programme to plan and rebuild a village in northern Nigeria.
Tosin Oshinowo was appointed to curate the second edition of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial, which will take place in 2023. She aims to offer a new perspective on sustainable architecture and infrastructure, with a particular focus on adaptability.
"My approach is inspired by the history, traditions, and landscape of Sharjah and other cities across Africa, the Middle East and Asia, exploring architecture and design solutions that are built from conditions of scarcity," she said.
She holds a design and architectural degree from Kingston College in London, a master’s degree in urban design in development from the Bartlett School of Architecture, a Diploma in Architecture from the Architecture Association London, and an MBA for Architecture and Design from IE University.
Tosin Oshinowo will be a member of the Holcim Awards 2023 jury for Middle East Africa.