ANTHONY AKINDELE

Nia Architects

SAY IT LOUD - Illinois Exhibitor

Illinois Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

My family and faith are the greatest inspiration I have. Additionally, I love being able to provide quality spaces and sustainable environments in the communities we serve.

ANTHONY AKINDELE

Bio:

Anthony Akindele is Managing Principal and Founder of Nia Architects. He has over 30 years of experience in the design, construction, and management of new and rehabilitation projects. Mr. Akindele’s expertise covers municipal, commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential buildings. Anthony founded Nia Architects in 1996. Over the past 25 years, he has built a robust and diverse firm committed to improving neighborhoods and communities.

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

I became interested in the built environment in school in Nigeria. In Nigeria, I discovered I had a propensity for creating objects from scratch. Plus, I wanted to be a catalyst for the shifting paradigm in the built environment occurring.

What do you do?

I provide the leadership for the firm direction in terms of design priorities.

What excites you in the work you do?

I am excited and very passionate about opportunities to affect and improve the quality of life for end-users through the creation of livable communities.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

My family and faith are the greatest inspiration I have. Additionally, I love being able to provide quality spaces and sustainable environments in the communities we serve.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

My greatest accomplishment is the opportunity to mentor future African-American designers and architects through our firm.

Featured Project Name: 

Samuel Ellis Park Arts + Recreation Center

 

Featured Project Location: 

Chicago, IL

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

July 6, 2016

Role in Featured Project: 

Architect of Record

 

Featured Project Description:

The 33,000 square foot Arts and Recreation Center at Ellis Park brought added amenities to a part of the Bronzeville Community undergoing significant redevelopment. The new facility consists of two large volumes (pool and gym) and two smaller spaces (club and fitness rooms) echoing the programmatic functions of the building. Connecting the four volumes is an open lobby that connects north and south entries and supports a 1,200 square foot roof terrace with a steel I-beam trellis.

Photography Credit:

Lee Bey

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