Baba Oladeji is an architect. His work currently centers around cultural re-production in postcolonial cities through an understanding of the nuanced political economies, informal operations and visualities that sustain and orchestrate city operations.
In 2015, he started Design Party, an alternative, architecture-led political agency; intervening in the politics of the day via varied modes of architectural production and creating speculative and built projects such as Fela Memorial Force HQ Obalende (2016), Stomach Infrastructure Bank (2017) and Plot 30, Ibadan (2019).
In 2018, he was recognized by the Conde Nast-published Baku Magazine as one of "5 Nigerian Architects you should know," and by January 2019, he was appointed Artistic Director of Revolving Art Incubator (RAI) to direct its city-facing Extroversion project experimenting with aesthetics of, and absorbing the ecologies of impermanence and informality through projects such as Peoples’ Parliament, Blackwall and No Condition is Permanent. He has also written articles such as Who is Lagos which emphasizes the primacy of culture in shaping urban form.
Baba received his architectural education from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and University of Brighton, United Kingdom. Now as Director of Ministry of Architecture, he hopes to expand architecture’s present role in Nigeria beyond the narrow frame of ‘building’ to policymaking. He is the founder of the A3 | Archives of African Architecture project.