Olubunmi Ilori

Olubunmi Ilori

Principal Architect and Partner (Johannesburg)

After graduating from the Birmingham school of Architecture in the United Kingdom, Bunmi llori worked as a student Architect for the West Midlands Health Authority and later joined the Student Training Office (STO) in Croydon with the Property Services Agency (PSA). He then worked for four years in London as Design Architect with Stewart McColls, Seifert International and Stewart Riddick and Partners.

Later he joined Epstein International for two years as a Project Architect in charge of projects in Denmark and Spain, before moving to FMA Architects, Gaborone, Botswana. Bunmi Ilori is Managing Director of Integrated Design Consultants (IDC Architects).


Before forming IDC Architects Mr. Ilori gained extensive experience on the following major projects:

  • Design and management of 33 townhouses for the members of Parliament – Botswana.
  • Brief, formation, master plan, and feasibility study for the proposed Botswana National Library – Botswana.
  • Design and project management matters on various hotel developments for Whitbread Ltd – England.
  • Concept design of the new regional distribution warehouse for F.D.B. – Denmark.
  • Final design and production information on the Doncaster Prison Development, Doncaster- England.
  • Conceptual design for the Merry Hill Shopping Centre, Birmingham – England.
  • Project architect on the development of 3 townhouses, and on various aspects of the London Dockland Arena project – England.
  • Involved in the development of a hospital in Rowley Regis – England.
  • T.G.I Friday restaurants for Whitbread Properties – Spain and England.
  • Travel Inn Hotels for Whitbread Properties – England.

Since 1992, Mr Ilori has gained extensive experience on the following major projects:

  • Vukuzenzele Special School, Bizana, a school for disabled students – Transkei.
  • Roman Catholic Church, Southernwood, Umtata, fully documented, construction during 1994 – Transkei.
  • Nompumalanga Special School, Bizana, a school for disabled students – Transkei.
  • Transido Mini Factories, Namaque, a facility for small businesses, completed in 1994 – Transkei.
  • Shopping Complex, Umtata, a shopping and office complex, completed in 1994 – Transkei.
  • Primary Health Centre and Offices – Butterworth.
  • Eskom Sunilaws Office Park Development, Beacon Bay – East London
  • Centani place of safety – Centani.
  • ECDC Headquarters Office Park Development, Ocean Terrace.
  • Excel Filling stations for the Alliance Property Group.
  • Daimler Chrysler showroom in Umtata and Kokstad.
  • Upgrade and Extensions to the South African Reserve Bank, East London.
  • Mhlontlo Municipality Offices – Qumbu.
  • Amathole District Municipality Offices – East London.
  • National Gallery and related cultural projects in Abuja, Nigeria
  • Feasibility for a new Ethanol Plant in Cradock, South Africa
  • Winning bid for a casino and hotel complex with Peermont Global resorts in Mthatha, South Africa
  • Winning bid for a shopping complex site and development in Mthatha, South Africa
  • Business development projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Southern Sudan
  • Development of a diamond processing factory, East London, South Africa
  • Development of a dairy factory, East London, South Africa
  • Upgrade and extensions to the existing airport in East London, South Africa
  • Runner up design competition bid for the new 2010 FIFA World Cup Stadium in Durban, South Africa
  • Feasibility for the new Royal City Commercial complex in Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Hospital complex designs for the Mthatha and frontier hospitals in the Eastern Cape, South Africa
  • Design and feasibility study for a 5 Star hotel in Juba, Southern Sudan
  • Design and feasibility study for the new National Art Gallery in Abuja, Nigeria
  • Design and feasibility study for the African Village in Abuja, Nigeria
  • Concept design for the Head Quarters of the new Joule electric car factory in East London, South Africa
  • Upgrade of the Mdantsane prison in East London, South Africa
  • Development of heritage sites for the ANC leaders and comrades, O.R Tambo and J.L Dube 

Together with developments in the health, education and housing sectors, recent projects include:

  • Knowledge Centre – Ekurhuleni
  • Peermont Hotel School - Ekurhuleni
  • Duduza Depot – Nigel
  • Student Housing Units, Safiri
  • Sedibeng Market, Gauteng Infrastructure Financing Agency
  • Agro-Processing Hub, Gauteng Infrastructure Financing Agency
  • Constitution Hill Precinct, Gauteng Infrastructure Financing Agency
  • Imbumba House, e-Government
Olubunmi Ilori