Fola Alade, the architect who designed some of the country’s foremost masterpieces, has died.
Alade died on Saturday at the age of 87, according to family sources in the Aramoko-Ekiti axis of Ekiti State.
The late Alade graduated from the Nigerian College of Arts & Sciences and Technology, Zaria (now Ahmadu Bello University) in 1961 and was one of Nigeria’s first four Architecture graduates,
He provided the architectural designs for the 1004 Housing Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos; the defunct Federal Secretariat building, Ikoyi, Lagos; and the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
Others are the Remembrance Arcade, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos; Satellite Town, Lagos; Nigerian Air Force Base, Ikeja, Lagos; and the Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies building, Kuru, Plateau State.
He also designed the National Judicial Institute, Abuja and Nigerian Embassy buildings in 11 countries.
The late Alade completed his post-graduate studies at the Architectural Association School of Tropical Studies, London in 1965, on a Commonwealth Scholarship.
He was the first Architect to become a Federal Permanent Secretary in 1976, a post he held until his retirement in 1979 after which he established his private practice Fola Alade Associates in 1979.
After his post-professional training, he became an associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects and Architects’ Registration Council of the United Kingdom in 1963.
He joined the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing as a Resident Architect in the old Western Region and later Lagos City Council.
In 1969, he became the first Registrar of the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria. He served as the General Secretary of the Nigerian Institute of Architects.
He was appointed as Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of the Federal University of Port Harcourt in 1990.
In a condolence message, President Muhammadu Buhari said the many national iconic structures designed by the late Alade would keep inspiring younger architects everywhere.
President Buhari stated this in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Sunday.
He commiserated with the family of the late Alade as well as the people and government of Ekiti State.
The statement read: “President Muhammadu Buhari condoles with family and friends of Chief (Arc) Isaac Folayan Alade, 87, whose imprint on the nation’s iconic structures will continue to inspire younger architects from within and outside the country, leaving a legacy of brilliance and diligence.
“The President joins the Nigerian Institute of Architects, Royal Institute of British Architects and Architects’ Registration Council of the United Kingdom in mourning the first architect to become a Permanent Secretary in Nigeria, who also served as Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of the Federal University of Port Harcourt.
“President Buhari commiserates with Government and people of Ekiti State over the loss, believing that Chief Alade’s contributions to development of the country in design, building and administration will always be remembered by posterity, particularly the historic structures like National Stadium Lagos, Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), Federal Secretariat Lagos and Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies building in Kuru, Plateau State.
“The President prays that Almighty God will grant his soul eternal rest, and comfort his family.”