Nigerian immigrant Wale Falade thinks Minnesota is ready to see more work by architects of color. His own firm, FIHAN, just won the bid to redesign Minneapolis’ North Commons Park.

The north Minneapolis park is set to undergo a $21 million renovation with features such as a community center, an aquatic center, athletic fields, an ice skating rink, and an amphitheater.
Sahan Journal spoke to Wale Falade, the Nigerian-born architect leading the project, about listening to community needs, founding a Black-led design firm, and building his own kitchen cabinets.