Temitayo (Tayo) Odunlami’s passion for design stems from growing up in Lagos, Nigeria where he observed the issues that arose from lack of planning. He joined Canopy in 2021 shortly after receiving his Master of Architecture and Master of Construction Management degrees from Washington University in St. Louis.
Tayo has a strong interest in exploring how well-thought-out design can actively address social issues to improve living and environmental conditions—a curiosity he has pursued across commercial, healthcare, retail and residential projects.
Tayo received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also spent a semester studying at Sociedad Central de Arquitectos in Buenos Aires Argentina.
Outside of the studio, he enjoys long-distance running and broadening his understanding of the world through leisurely reading. He likes to think of himself as a traveler and has visited countries on five continents so far.
Master of Architecture, Washington University in St. Louis
Master of Construction Management, Washington University in St. Louis
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
What was your first job?
I worked as a stage assistant in an auditorium. I saw a lot of weird stuff backstage.
What is your favorite season?
It has to be spring! The change in weather, with the promise of summer around the corner.
In a parallel universe, what would your profession be?
A Spy! I’m reading a spy novel right now, and I could EASILY do it.
What music do you listen to while working towards a deadline?
Afrobeats to keep me energized
Dog or cat person?
DOG! Cats can’t be trusted.
A hobby you spend a lot of time on outside of work?
I enjoy playing the guitar. I’m not very good, but it’s so much fun.
Favorite children's book?
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling