Mr. James Inedu George is a high-flying, creative and exceptionally resourceful architect. His creative genius has brought him out as a source of pride to Nigeria.
Born on February 28, 1981, George is the Founder and Design Director of Hub City Ltd (HTL) Nigeria. He is a globally acknowledged designer with strong presence in Nigeria, Dubai, Melbourne and South Africa where his immediate focus is on Innovative Sustainable Solutions and Future Cities.
He is a nominee for the prestigious Rolex Mentor and Protégé architecture initiative, and a TedX Speaker amongst other things.
In 2003, he started investigating how a sustainable architectural language may emerge from the chaos in Lagos. This research culminated in a $10,000 house which manipulated the intrinsic and extrinsic issues in architecture to create employment and provide new income stream that sustains life-style of its otherwise poor occupants.
By 2008 he had set up the six-man research-based innovation practice, HTL Nigeria, producing theory and building work in West Africa some of which include: A new Fourth Mainland Bridge (Published in ArchiAfrika, September 2011) and Lagos: An Absence of Systems (Exhibited at Goethe Institut (Lagos, 2009).
George has also been invited to lecture at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Cape Town, Department for International Development (DFID), University of Lagos, the Nigerian Institute of Architects, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, the Venice Bienalle, Sanegbaa Show in Ghana, The Ghana Institute of Architects 2018 Lecture, The Nigerian Institute of Architects Lecture 2015, University of Florida, The Africa Centre of the University of Florida, Miami International University, etc.
His office also received funding from the German Government to mount Affordacity and the Invention of Isi Ewu: an exhibition of their research on Affordable Future African City Solutions which held in October 2016, and from the FRAC Museum in France for their ideas for a 2019 Biennale.
He was a participant at the Biennale d’ architecture d’Orleans in Paris, France with his publication titled “An Interruptive Manifesto.” In 2017, he was nominated for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé program.
While building prolifically in Nigeria, designing in Dubai and Melbourne and being a Visiting Researcher at the University of the Witswatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, James also periodically writes a column in the online magazine YNaija, where he writes a series of letters to the president about how architecture can help solve the economic issues in Africa and beyond, and runs a weekly ideas podcast called An African Conquering the World.
His current interests revolve on the multi layering of City Space and how the infrastructure of the city can be invaded and interrupted with architecture, and mining typologies for Affordable Futuristic Constructions, from traditional African Architecture for global use. He has been teaching about the possibilities that can emanate globally from a new understanding of the present conditions in Africa.
It is in recognition of his contribution to national development in the field of Architecture that Mr. James Inedu George is deemed worthy to be conferred with the Development In Nigeria Merit Award.