Biography of Isaac Folayan Alade: Architect behind the Lagos 1004 Estate, Nigeria’s Famous Buildings


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Isaac Folayan Alade, architect who designed many famous buildings in Nigeria, does not die.

Alade designs of Nigeria’s iconic structures continue to inspire young architects inside and outside di kontri.

Na so President Muhammadu Buhari brought inside a sorry message to di with family and friends from Arc. Alade.

Na dis man designing historic structures like popular 1004 Lagos housing estate, national stadium, Tafawa Balewa square [TBS].

He also planned the design of the Federal Secretariat building in Lagos and the Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies for Kuru, Plateau State.

Isaac Folayan Alade dies on June 19, 2021 at the age of 87, the office of the Nigerian president announces his death the next day.

President Buhari believes that Chief Alade’s contributions to the development of the West African nation are always remembered.

BBC Pidgin gives some facts to know about this Nigerian man who leaves behind a legacy of genius and diligence in the design, construction and administration of wonderful structures across Nigeria.

Isaac Folayan Alade designs:

Tori be say Baba Alade gets many public service projects that we personally run (between 1970-1979) all for free.

This includes the design and supervision of the following:

  • Armed Forces Rehabilitation Center, Oshodi, Lagos (1970-71).
  • Federal Secretariat – Ikoyi (Blocks I & II) 1972-75 (Design & supervision).
  • Federal Secretariats in all states of the Federation of Nigeria (1973-76) design and oversight.
  • 49 barracks of the armed forces and 6 military hospitals. (Design & control).
  • Offices etc for Mr. President in Dodan Barracks, Lagos (Design & Supervision).
  • Many multi-storey apartment blocks all over Nigeria. For example. Domaine Lagos 1004 (Design & Supervision).
  • Offices, staff quarters and specialized military hospitals. (Design & Control).
  • federal government. Special guest houses, Victoria Island. (Design & Control).
  • Greek military hospital complex, with multi-storey apartment block of Doctor Ikoyi, Lagos.
  • All local government. Headquarters for Ondo and Ekiti States.
  • Nigerian Embassies and Chanceries abroad, including:

I. Nigerian Embassy and Chancellery in Brazilia, Brazil (Design and supervision)

ii. Nigerian Embassy and Chancellery in Bonn, Germany (Design and Supervision)

iii. Nigerian Embassy and Chancellery in Rome, Italy (Design and Supervision)

iv. Nigerian Embassy and Chancellery in Washington (design and supervision)

v. Nigerian Embassy and Chancellery in Pecking, China. (Design & Supervision)

vi. Nigerian Embassy and Chancellery in Coutonou, Benin (Design & Supervision)

vii. Nigerian Embassy and Chancellery in Lomé, Togo. (Design & Supervision)

viii. Nigerian Embassy and Chancellery in Freetown, Sierra, Leone (design and supervision)

ix. Nigerian Embassy and Chancellery in Monrovia, Liberia. (Design & Supervision)

X. Nigerian Embassy and Chancellery in Younde, Cameroon (Design and supervision)

xi. Nigerian Embassy and Chancellery in Islamabad, Pakistan (Design and supervision)

xi. Design and development of the satellite city, Lagos. (Design and supervision) – Design and development of Navy Town, Ojo, Lagos. (Design & Supervision)

xii. Design and development of the N. Air Force Base, Ikeja & Makurdi. (Design & Supervision)

xiii. Design and execution of the National Institute (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos (Design and supervision)

xiv. The National Remembrance Arcade & Tafawa Balewa Sq., Shopping complex.

xv. Design and supervision of the National Sports Institute, at the National Stadium.

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Wetin we call say foto,

Na Isaac Folayan Alade designs historic structures like the popular 1004 housing estate for Lagos

  • Oda Isaac Folayan Alade projects include:

I. Projects at the University Hospital Complex of Ife, (now OAUTH), Ile-Ife.

ii. Elephant cement house, Alausa Ikeja.

iii. Federal Secretariat, plot 4, central area ,. Abuja with multi-storey car park complex (first in Abuja).

iv. Master plan for the government of Ekiti State, with the governor’s office.

v. Master plan of the National Judicial Institute, Abuja.

Interesting profile of Arc. Isaac Folayan Alade

Dem was born oga Alade on November 24, 1933 for the town of Aramoko in the present state of Ekiti, in southwestern Nigeria.

Chief (Dr) Isaac Folayan Alade OFR, Hon. D.Sc., FNIA attended primary school at St. Philips School, Aramoko (1940-45).

E later go to Christ’s School, Ado-Ekiti (1946-51) for the Cambridge School Certificate.

Then I attend Nigerian College of Technology, Ibadan (1954-56) for pre-professional studies.

I’m going to Nigerian College of Tech. (now ABU) Zaira (1957-61) wia Alade graduated in 1961 as one of the first four architects produced in West Africa.

At 39, Isaac Folayan Alade became a full member of the Royal Institution of British Architects (ARIBA) in 1963 and of the MNIA in 1964.

E goes on to take a postgraduate degree course for London for the AA School of Tropical Studies (1964-65) on a Commonwealth scholarship.

Dem later, I am a Fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Architects (FNIA) and a Fellow of the Commonwealth Association of Architects (MCAA).

I became the first registrar of the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) in 1969.

I also became project manager in 1972, then director of public buildings in 1975.

I became the first architect to be appointed Federal Permanent Secretary in 1976, a position he held until his voluntary retirement in 1979.

I took the Defense Policy and Strategy course in Paris, as Permanent Secretary (Special Tasks) of the Supreme Headquarters in 1977.

Di Architect then created a private practice, Fola Alade Associates, in 1980.

Throughout Alade’s career, im design plenti Educational, institutional, residential, office buildings.

It also provides for commercial, religious, monumental, military, recreational and Nigerian embassies in 11 kontris.

I built nine of the embassies before I retired from public service. Nigeria does not lose an icon.


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