Olajumoke Adenowo

Olajumoke Adenowo


Principal Partner, AD Consulting Limited & Founder of Awesome Treasures Foundation


Olajumoke Adenowo is a multiple award-winning Architect and Philanthropist who when profiled by CNN was referred to as “Africa’s Starchitect”. With over 30 years of experience in Architectural practice she has designed and executed over 70 buildings .

At age 14 she enrolled to study Architecture at the University of Ife, where she also completed her postgraduate studies, gaining an MSc (with Distinction) in Architecture.

Sub-Saharan Africa


Adenowo has twin parallel careers as an Architect and a Philanthropist.  

In 1994 Adenowo founded AD Consulting, of which she is now Principal Partner. In parallel to founding AD Consulting she also founded and ran Advantage Energy; an Oil and Gas services firm as well as Awesome Treasures, founded 1999 an intercontinental philanthropic foundation recognised by the United Nations and part of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation Family Philanthropy platform with a mission to raise 1000 leaders, Leading by Design by 2030. 

In 2019, Olajumoke Adenowo was appointed as Visiting Professor at the Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM) in Germany.

She was honoured as a Laureate and a Guest Scientist at the Chair of Theory, History of Architecture and Art & Design arm of the university's Department of Architecture.

She is an Arbitrator, an author, the host of an 8 year old syndicated Radio Show; Voice of Change, which reaches over 15 million people per broadcast, and a public speaker.



As an Architect Adenowo’s portfolio includes a host of multi-national and Nigerian clients including some of the world’s strongest brands like Coca Cola and L’Oreal. 

In 2018 she was listed by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) as one of the most inspirational women in architecture today.

She is the winner of a number of awards for her work including the New African Business Woman of the year Award, Africa’s Most Inspiring Business Woman by the Francophone La Batisseur d’economie, the International Property Awards (Best Public Service Architecture, 2012), African Property Awards (Best Mixed-Use Architecture), two IDEA Awards (Best Commercial Designer 2012), (Best Interior Architect 2013), and a further IDEA Award (Best Institutional Architect 2014). 

Adenowo is also the recipient of the Cambridge African Society Award and has been honored as an Ambassador of Excellence for outstanding achievements in Architecture and women development by her alma mater.

She was recognized as one of 100 most Influential Nigerians and was also named as one of the Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria. She is featured amongst other globally prominent people of African Ancestry in the Black History Hall of Fame in the University of West Bristol, UK. 

She is an alumnus of a number of prestigious institutions including the Yale School of Management, The IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Barcelona, and the Lagos Business School Chief Executive Programme.

She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) and a member of the African Leadership Network.



She is widely featured across international media, including Architectural Record; the world’s leading architectural journal, CNN, BBC, Fortune Magazine, Forbes TV, Forbes Woman, Suddeutsche Zeitung etc. 

She is married to Olukorede and they have two sons.


Olajumoke Adenowo - Wikipedia