IDAN To Host 2017 IFI Congress and First African Culture & Design Festival in Lagos

The Interior Designers Association of Nigeria (IDAN) is billed to host the first edition of African Culture and Design Festival in conjunction with the 2017 congress of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI), a global association of interior designers around the world.

The event which will take place in Lagos from November 9 to 12, 2017, will offer a good platform for interior designers across the world especially Africa to showcase their talents and discuss innovative design solutions.

Organized under the theme “World-Class Design in Regional Markets: Interior Architecture/Design into the Future”, this global event will explore creativity as a transformative vehicle for economic and social development. Keynote speeches delivered by experts from across design disciplines will debate the global social responsibility of the industry and plot the future of design excellence. The event will also feature an art exhibition themed “This is Africa” and featuring renowned African curators and artists. The exhibition will explore the artistic history of the continent and chart the future of African design.

To find out more and register to attend The African Culture & Design Festival 2017, visit the official event website. This event is free and open to the general public.


  • 9th November 2017 – Opening Reception.
  • 10th November 2017 – Full day of Congress with keynote speeches and panel discussions covering the full spectrum of art, design, innovation, social culture and planning for design excellence and responsible development for greater prosperity.
  • 11th November 2017 – Special tours of the exceptional African, Culture and Design Festival with world renowned curators and artists.
  • 11th – 12th November 2017 (half days) – IFI XXVIII (28th) General Assembly for IFI member Delegates.


SIR DAVID ADJAYE│Principal & Founder, Adjaye Associates

Sir David Adjaye OBE is the principal and founder of Adjaye Associates. Born in Tanzania to Ghanian parents, his broadly ranging influences, ingenious use of materials and sculptural ability have established him as an architect with an artist’s sensibility and vision. His largest project to date, the $540 million Smithsonian Institute National Museum of African American History and Culture, opened on the National Mall in Washington DC in fall of 2016 and was named Cultural Event of the Year by the New York Times. In 2017, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people of the year by TIME magazine. [divider]-[/divider]

KUNLÉ ADEYEMI│Founder & Principal, NLÉ

Kunlé Adeyemi is an architect, designer and urban researcher. His notable work includes ‘Makoko Floating School’, an innovative prototype floating structure located on the lagoon heart of Lagos.

This acclaimed work is part of an extensive research project – ‘African Water Cities’ – being developed by NLÉ, an architecture, design and urbanism practice founded by Adeyemi in 2010 that focuses on developing cities and communities. NLÉ is currently planning for a number of urban, research and architectural projects in Africa; one of which is Chicoco Radio Media Center; the amphibious building in Delta city of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. Before founding NLÉ, Adeyemi worked for OMA, where he led the design, development and execution of high profile projects such as the Shenzhen Stock Exchange tower in China, the Qatar National Library and Prada Transformer in Seoul. [divider]-[/divider]

CAROL BECKER│Dean of Faculty & Professor of the Arts, School of the Arts, Columbia University

Carol Becker is a writer, culture critic, and educator. She is Professor of the Arts and Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts. Before this appointment she was Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

She is the author of numerous articles and several books about art, culture, and pedagogy including: The Invisible Drama: Women and the Anxiety of Change; The Subversive Imagination: Artists, Society, and Social Responsibility; Zones of Contention: Essays on Art, Institutions, Gender, and Anxiety; Surpassing the Spectacle: Global Transformations and the Changing Politics of Art; Thinking in Place: Art, Action, and Cultural Production and most recently a memoir/essay entitled Losing Helen. [divider]-[/divider]

ALFREDO BRILLEMBOURG│Co-Founder, Urban-Think Tank (U-TT)

Alfredo Brillembourg was born in New York. He received his Bachelor of Art and Architecture in 1984 and his Master of Science in Architectural Design in 1986 from Columbia University. In 1992, he received a second architecture degree from the Central University of Venezuela and began his independent practice in architecture.

In 1998, he founded the interdisciplinary design practice Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) with Hubert Klumpner in Caracas, Venezuela. Since 1994 he has been a member of the Venezuelan Architects and Engineers Association, and has been a guest professor at the University Jose Maria Vargas, the University Simon Bolivar, and the Central University of Venezuela. Starting in 2007, Brillembourg and Clumpier served as guest professors at the Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation, and Planning, Columbia University, where they co-founded the Sustainable Living Urban Model Laboratory (S.L.U.M. Lab). Since 2010, Brillembourg and Klumpner have held a Chair of Architecture and Urban Design at the Swiss Institute of Technology (Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule, ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. [divider]-[/divider]

LOU YONGQI│Dean and Professor, College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University

Prof. Dr. Lou Yongqi is Dean of the College of Design and Innovation at Tongji University in Shanghai. He is a full professor at Tongji, Visiting Professor at University of Gothenburg in Sweden, and Politecnico di Milano in Italy. Lou is a leading figure in sustainable interdisciplinary design education, research, and practice.

He was one of the first designers in China to connect social innovation and sustainable design thinking with rural development. Lou has been the pioneer in China for design-driven innovation education that connects design, business, and technology and furthers this agenda through international collaboration. Lou is the Board Director of WDO, World Design Organization, and Founding Executive Editor of She Ji: the Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation published by Tongji University through Elsevier.


The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers is the global voice and authority for professional Interior Architects/Designers.

IFI is the sole international federating body for Interior Architecture/Design organizations, and acts as a global forum for the exchange and development of knowledge and experience, in worldwide education, research and practice. Often considered as the “United Nations” of the Interior Architecture/Design field, IFI connects the international community in order to further the impact, influence and application of the design of interiors, promote global social responsibility, and raise the status of the profession worldwide.

Founded in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1963 as an international not-for-profit, the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) is the sole global authority for professional Interior Architects/Designers. Representing 270,000 designers, educators and industry stakeholders in the international design community in 110 countries [1], IFI furthers the dialogue exchange and development of knowledge and experience in education, research and practice, IFI impacts and influences the application of the design of interiors and the built environment.

The Interior Design Association of Nigeria is a group of people — designers, industry representatives, — committed to interior design.

Established to address the major problems that exist in the interior design industry in Nigeria, membership in IDAN indicates status as a qualified, experienced, ethical practicing professional in Interior Design in Nigeria. IDAN provides you with support, networking, services and information to improve your professional practice. It provides you with a wealth of contacts, and connects you with colleagues from many industry areas. IDAN strive to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives.

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