wale falade | Senior Associate, Architect
“Every part affects the whole and the whole informs the design of the parts.” I wrote that years ago, and I still feel that being involved in projects from design to construction improves the overall outcome. This connective idea also extends to urban planning, in my mind. Compelling relationships between urban design and architecture have the potential to reshape these respective components individually and the way people experience a place.
As a Teaching Assistant for the University of Minnesota, I led a student-team study of Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tanzania’s Zanzibar City. We documented this 19th-centry island trading port’s unique mixture of Arab, Persia, Indian, European and Swahili influences. Small parts, such as intricately carved Indian doors, influence the whole. And the whole—this historic and multicultural city—influence the small parts. If I could explore the world, I would!
The next one I’ve never seen before
Best Thing About Our Office:
The glass table next to my desk where I can get messy
Favorite Office Supply:
LePen-brand fine-point black sketch pens (not that I’m picky)
M. Arch, College of Design, University of Minnesota
Certificate in Metropolitan Design, College of Design, University of Minnesota
B.A. in Architecture, College of Design, University of Minnesota