Designer of 1004 Flats Estate, Alade, dies

One of Nigeria’s first four Architecture graduates, Fola Alade, is dead. Alade died on Saturday at the age of 87, family sources in Aramoko-Ekiti said.

Architectural masterpieces bearing his insignia are the 1004 Housing Estate Victoria Island, Lagos, 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, and the Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies building, Kuru, near Jos.

Others are the National Judicial Institute Abuja, and Nigerian Embassy buildings in 11 countries.

Mr Alade graduated from the Nigerian College of Arts & Sciences and Technology, Zaria (now Ahmadu Bello University) in 1961 as one of the first four Architecture graduates., he 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.