2017 IFI Congress
African Culture &
Design Festival


World-Class Design in Regional Markets

Interior Architecture/Design into the Future

9 – 10 November 2017  |  Eko Hotel  |  Lagos, Nigeria

It has come to our attention that an email requesting payment was sent to registrants of the 2017 IFI CONGRESS. If you received this email and are an IFI delegate, please note that this fee does not apply. All IFI delegates and guests will receive a complementary name badge at registration that will give them free entrance into the event.

The 2017 IFI CONGRESS and African Culture & Design Festival will bring together professionals from around the globe to discuss innovative design solutions at this critical time in our global history. Organized under the theme World-Class Design in Regional Markets: Interior Architecture/Design into the Future, this global event will explore creativity as a transformative vehicle for economic and social development. Keynote speeches delivered by experts from across design disciplines will debate the global social responsibility of the industry and plot the future of design excellence. The event will also feature an art exhibition themed “This is Africa” and featuring renowned African curators and artists. The exhibition will explore the artistic history of the continent and chart the future of African design.


  • 09 November 2017 – Opening Reception.
  • 10 November 2017 – Full day of IFI Congress with keynote speeches and panel discussions covering the full spectrum of art, design, innovation, social culture and planning for design excellence and responsible development for greater prosperity.
  • 11 November 2017 – Special tours of the exceptional African, Culture and Design Festival with world renowned curators and artists.



Eko Hotels & Suites is the official hotel of the 2017 IFI CONGRESS, African Culture & Design Festival (ACDF) and XXVIII (28th) IFI General Assembly. Located in the heart of Victoria Island, the Eko is the most preferred hotel in West Africa. If you will be participating in the 2017 IFI CONGRESS or African Culture & Design Festival, contact www.demenageplusltd.com to receive a discount with your booking.

For more hotel listings and discounts, visit the ACDF Official Website.

Eko Hotel & Suites

Plot 1415 Adetokunbo Ademola St., PMB 12724, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

Phone: +234 1 2772700-25, +234 1 460610


Safety and security of IFI/IDAN international guests is paramount and has been very well considered with the help of experts.

From the beginning to the end of your stay in Lagos, we urge all travelers to remain at ease and worry free with knowledge that the following security measures are provided:

  1. A receiver at the airport with name plaque will greet each IFI Delegate upon arrival and entry into Lagos at the airport
  2. They will help collect luggage and take each IFI delegate to a waiting, secure car
  3. Delegates will be driven and transferred to 5-star hotel accommodation
  4. Thereafter and for all related travel while in Lagos, a driver and secure transportation will be provided as and when needed
  5. At end of event activities and for return to airport, the same hand-held process will apply

Tourist Visa Requirements

  1. Current passport (with at least 6 months validity)
  2. Completed visa application form
  3. Confirmation of online payment
  4. 2 passport size pictures
  5. Letter of invitation from Host (IDAN) accepting full immigration responsibility
  6. Confirmed hotel reservation
  7. Evidence of funds to cover stay in Nigeria (letter from bank, etc)
  8. To apply for a visa, you can go to the Nigerian Immigration Service Website and complete the online Visa Application Form.

To review your country’s Visa Application fee, please consult the Embassy VISA Fees on the Nigerian Immigration Service Website.

Tourist Visas are available for processing and issuance same day at Applicant’s request.

Recommended Vaccinations
It is recommended that you visit your medical practice 4-6 weeks in advance of your trip to receive any required/recommended vaccinations and medications. Full health insurance is recommended to cover potential repatriation costs.

  • Courses/boosters advised: diphtheria; hepatitis A; poliomyelitis; tetanus; typhoid; yellow fever.
  • Vaccines to consider: cholera; hepatitis B; meningococcal meningitis; rabies.
  • A yellow fever vaccination certificate may be required at customs if you are traveling from any of the countries listed below (NOTE: The certificate is valid for life).

Countries where proof of yellow fever vaccination is required:

Africa: Angola; Benin; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Congo, Republic of the; Côte d’Ivoire; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Equatorial Guinea; Ethiopia; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Kenya; Liberia; Mauritania; Mali; Niger; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone; South Sudan; Sudan; Togo; Uganda.

Central & South America: Argentina; Bolivia; Brazil; Colombia; Ecuador; French Guiana; Guyana; Panama; Paraguay; Peru; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Venezuela.


The 2017 IFI Congress and African Culture & Design Festival is free and open to the public.


Keynote Speakers

Sir David Adjaye

Principal & Founder, Adjaye Associates


Sir David Adjaye OBE is the principal and founder of Adjaye Associates. Born in Tanzania to Ghanian parents, his broadly ranging influences, ingenious use of materials and sculptural ability have established him as an architect with an artist’s sensibility and vision. His largest project to date, the $540 million Smithsonian Institute National Museum of African American History and Culture, opened on the National Mall in Washington DC in fall of 2016 and was named Cultural Event of the Year by the New York Times. In 2017, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people of the year by TIME magazine





Kunlé Adeyemi

Founder & Principal, NLÉ
Aga Khan Design Critic in Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Kunlé Adeyemi is an architect, designer and urban researcher. His notable work includes ‘Makoko Floating School’, an innovative prototype floating structure located on the lagoon heart of Lagos.

This acclaimed work is part of an extensive research project – ‘African Water Cities’ – being developed by NLÉ, an architecture, design and urbanism practice founded by Adeyemi in 2010 that focuses on developing cities and communities. NLÉ is currently planning for a number of urban, research and architectural projects in Africa; one of which is Chicoco Radio Media Center; the amphibious building in Delta city of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. Before founding NLÉ, Adeyemi worked for OMA, where he led the design, development and execution of high profile projects such as the Shenzhen Stock Exchange tower in China, the Qatar National Library and Prada Transformer in Seoul.




Dr. Carol Becker

Dean of Faculty & Professor of the Arts, School of the Arts, Columbia University

Carol Becker is a writer, culture critic, and educator. She is Professor of the Arts and Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts. Before this appointment she was Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

She is the author of numerous articles and several books about art, culture, and pedagogy including: The Invisible Drama: Women and the Anxiety of Change; The Subversive Imagination: Artists, Society, and Social Responsibility; Zones of Contention: Essays on Art, Institutions, Gender, and Anxiety; Surpassing the Spectacle: Global Transformations and the Changing Politics of Art; Thinking in Place: Art, Action, and Cultural Production and most recently a memoir/essay entitled Losing Helen.





Alfredo Brillembourg

Co-Founder, Urban-Think Tank (U-TT)
Co-Chair, Architecture & Urban Planning, Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH)

Alfredo Brillembourg was born in New York. He received his Bachelor of Art and Architecture in 1984 and his Master of Science in Architectural Design in 1986 from Columbia University. In 1992, he received a second architecture degree from the Central University of Venezuela and began his independent practice in architecture.

In 1998, he founded the interdisciplinary design practice Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) with Hubert Klumpner in Caracas, Venezuela. Since 1994 he has been a member of the Venezuelan Architects and Engineers Association, and has been a guest professor at the University Jose Maria Vargas, the University Simon Bolivar, and the Central University of Venezuela. Starting in 2007, Brillembourg and Clumpier served as guest professors at the Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation, and Planning, Columbia University, where they co-founded the Sustainable Living Urban Model Laboratory (S.L.U.M. Lab). Since 2010, Brillembourg and Klumpner have held a Chair of Architecture and Urban Design at the Swiss Institute of Technology (Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule, ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland.



Dr. Lou Yongqi

Dean and Professor, College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University

Prof. Dr. Lou Yongqi is Dean of the College of Design and Innovation at Tongji University in Shanghai. He is a full professor at Tongji, Visiting Professor at University of Gothenburg in Sweden, and Politecnico di Milano in Italy. Lou is a leading figure in sustainable interdisciplinary design education, research, and practice.

He was one of the first designers in China to connect social innovation and sustainable design thinking with rural development. Lou has been the pioneer in China for design-driven innovation education that connects design, business, and technology and furthers this agenda through international collaboration. Lou is the Board Director of WDO, World Design Organization, and Founding Executive Editor of She Ji: the Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation published by Tongji University through Elsevier.