Dayo B. Babalola, AIA, LEED AP
Dayo Babalola is an accomplished architect with over 30 years experience in multiple project types. Mr. Babalola formed DBB Architecture, P.C. in 2001 to apply his vast corporate architecture practice background to rebuild New York's inner city communities.
Today, DBB Architecture, P.C. provides architectural services for multiple building types throughout the New York - New Jersey-Connecticut region.
His professional career began at the Brooklyn office of Simmons Architects in 1981, where he contributed to the design and development of several projects, including a new college campus center for CUNY's Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, and many HUD 202 multi-family housing projects for local non-profit groups.
In the mid-1980s, Dayo Babalola transitioned to larger design firms and worked with renowned architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee on several projects including the early generations of the Times Square Center redevelopment. Dayo Babalola was instrumental in the research and development of the strategic interface between existing underground subway infrastructure, city utilities, and new office towers’ superstructure at Times Square. From 1986 to 1987, he worked on similar challenges with architect Moshe Safdie on the first mixed-use redevelopment concept for Columbus Center in Manhattan, later redesigned by SOM and now home to the Time Warner Center.
For about a decade, Dayo was a Project Architect and Job Captain at world renowned design firm Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF). His projects included the winning entry for the Daniel P. Moynihan U.S. Courthouse in New York City, and the Atlanta Federal Center (largest US government office plaza in the southern US), and the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
In 1997, Dayo became an Associate and Senior Technical Coordinator at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), where he contributed to multiple large scale projects in the United States and The Philippines. Dayo Babalola was the Project Architect for the Harlem USA retail-entertainment complex, a mixed-use project which includes a two-story retail base, a 3000-seat movie theater and a large recreational sports facility. This project was recently listed in the 25th Anniversary Edition of Crain’s New York Business publication (2010) as one of the nine most significant projects that helped reshape the past quarter century. Dayo was also the Project Architect responsible for Boston's first office tower in a decade, Millennium Partners' 10 St. James Avenue, in the Back Bay community. Both projects were completed on time and within their budgets.
As an accomplished architect, Dayo Babalola has continuously lent a hand to several inner city community improvement projects, including numerous early learning facilities for New York City's children. DBB Architecture PC completed documents for new childcare facilities for 130 children at the Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church, a national landmark in Harlem, which opened its doors in the Fall of 2009.
The firm is currently involved with multiple projects for the Catholic Charities Foundation, including a new facility in the Sunset Park community of Brooklyn, to provide classrooms for about 400 children, scheduled to open Fall 2011.
Dayo Babalola received a Bachelor of Architecture from the City University of New York. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AlA), the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). He holds a Certificate from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP).