THE VINTAGE COLETTE WOMAN SERIES: LAPE SALEH
Lape Saleh is a motivated, creative individual who quite simply loves design and all that it entails. Her work experience spans various multi disciplinary firms. She believes design concepts, processes, planning and execution are a part of one’s natural state and from an early age manifested through ideas and sketches, a knack for creative enterprises. She was born and raised in A.B.U Zaria, Kaduna and is married with four kids.
I Want To Develop a Unique, Innovative, and Indigenous Design Culture in Nigeria
I am a practicing Architect and interior designer who set up my firm, 3DV Studio about five years ago. I have a passion for art and design, therefore, my company also produces bespoke interior accessories. We have further expanded our design studio to provide vocational training in design technology for artisans and youth. I plan to be a leader and community builder for Architecture. I aim to be someone that helps develop a unique, innovative, and indigenous design culture here in Nigeria. It’s also my dream to establish a certified vocational training center for design and construction.
We Do Not Have a Research Culture Here In Nigeria
The Nigerian government needs to understand that the problems we face today concerning standards and innovation in the building industry come first, from our educational curriculum. We do not have a research culture here in Nigeria and we have not developed any of our local technologies to suit our modern day needs. We continue to adopt and import what we use and apply in design and construction from other continents. There must be a multiplicity of certified educational options for Nigerian youth. Our vocational education system may as well be non-existent. Not everyone can go to University, but that does not mean everyone shouldn’t have access to other forms of tertiary education. The government should search amongst young architects and designers for talent and ideas for our future landmarks. They should also implement favorable policies that could be passed into law for maximum impact.
Do Not Sacrifice a Balanced Life for Ambition
I have experienced quite a few things in my architectural career and one thing I would like every Nigerian woman to know is that your timeline may not be the same as someone else’s or even the typical career timeline of a man, and that is okay. Be yourself and do not sacrifice a balanced life for ambition. But!, persevere every day and wake up promising to be better and to achieve more AND, most importantly, don’t give up!
The Vintage Colette Collection Is Very Stylish, Yet Modest
I have always admired Binta’s achievements in the fashion industry and was honored when she called me to be part of such a wonderful shoot. The concept of using real business women for a fashion ad campaign was a great idea. The Vintage Colette collection is very stylish, yet modest. The finishing on the clothing is world class and there are some details in there that could easily be missed by the layman. But it all comes together in the fit. The styles are feminine and flattering.