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Nigerian Architect, Tosin Oshinowo, to headline Melbourne Design Week

Australia’s largest and leading annual design festival presents its eighth edition in 2024 with 11 days of 300+ innovative exhibitions, displays, symposiums and talks throughout metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. Within this whirlwind of events, Nigerian Architect and Designer, Tosin Oshinowo, will take centre stage presenting a Keynote Talk discussing socially attuned strategies toward urban development.

Renowned for her expansive residential and commercial spaces, and insights into socially responsive approaches to urbanism, Oshinowo will delve into the realms of architecture and urbanism across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Drawing from her acclaimed curation of the recent Sharjah Architecture Triennial, she will explore innovative approaches to design and architecture tailored to address cultural and climatic requirements in the modern era.

Image of Tosin Oshinowo | Courtesy of Oshinowo Studio
Image of Tosin Oshinowo | Courtesy of Oshinowo Studio

Oshinowo is the founder of Architectural and Design studio, Ọshinówò Studio where her designs embody a contemporary perspective on the next generation of African design and Afro-minimalism: a responsive reflection of the past, present, and future of architecture and design that prioritizes sustainability, resilience, and poise.Tosin Oshinowo has also won numerous awards, including the 3rd City People Real Estate Awards for Architect of the Year 2017 and the Lord’s Achievers Awards for Creativity 2019. She is currently working on a project with the United Nations Development Programme to plan and rebuild a village in northern Nigeria.

Tosin Oshinowo was appointed to curate the second edition of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial, which will take place in 2023. She aims to offer a new perspective on sustainable architecture and infrastructure, with a particular focus on adaptability.

She holds a design and architectural degree from Kingston College in London, a master’s degree in urban design in development from the Bartlett School of Architecture, a Diploma in Architecture from the Architecture Association London, and an MBA for Architecture and Design from IE University.

Tosin Oshinowo was a member of the Holcim Awards 2023 jury for Middle East Africa.

Sencillo Beach House Lagos' | Designed by Oshinowo
Sencillo Beach House Lagos' | Designed by Oshinowo

Lantern House | Designed by Oshinowo
Lantern House | Designed by Oshinowo

In 2024, Melbourne Design Week runs from 23 May – 2 June.

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Ọshinówò Studio is based in Lagos and was established in 2012 under the name cmDesign Atelier (cmD+A). The practice has undertaken several predominant civic projects, including the design of the Maryland Mall, as well as a wide range of residential projects, including luminous beach houses on the coast of the oceanside city. Her interest in architecture extends into a broader vision of urbanism and community as well; she is currently working on a project with the United Nations Development Programme in Northeast Nigeria, building an entire new community for a village displaced by Boko Haram.



Melbourne Design Week (MDW) celebrates design in an annual 11-day program of talks, tours, exhibitions, launches, installations, and workshops across Australia’s design capital. The program is driven by ideas through providing a platform for designers, educators, enthusiasts, thinkers, and businesses to come together to share these ideas, show and sell new work, and consider how design can be used as a force for good in an increasingly complex and precarious world.

The program is curated into two streams. There is a stream of local and international exhibitions and presentations organised by the National Gallery of Victoria, which includes the Melbourne Art Book Fair and the Melbourne Design Fair. There is also the satellite program of events and exhibitions organised by the design community. The satellite program makes up approximately 90 per cent of the program with events held at ateliers, studios, retail spaces, universities, galleries, gardens and public spaces throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria. Participation in the satellite program is via an expression-of-interest.

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