About Us

About Us

It's all in the detail

Established in march 2009, beyondarete is a partnership of dynamic architects with a passion for excellence and a unique approach to creating quality in the design of our built environment.

Our aim is to produce distinctive architecture and designs that suit the diverse and individual needs of our clients.

Our name stems from the Greek word Arete; in its basic sense it means "excellence", "goodness" or "virtue" of any kind. In its earliest appearance in Greek, this notion of excellence was ultimately bound up with the notion of the fulfilment of purpose or function; the act of living up to one's full potential. Arete in ancient Greek culture was courage and strength in the face of adversity and it was what all people aspired to.

"The root of the word is the same as "aristos", the word which shows superlative ability and superiority and "aristos" was constantly used in the plural to denote nobility." As designers, we aspire to achieve beyond excellence and live up to our full potential.

Our Principals

Our Principals

Key Team Members

James O Williams, beyondareteJames O Williams, beyondarete

James O Williams


O.J Williams is a practicing architect with over 10 years professional experience and has worked in well renowned Architectural practices in Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

James qualified with a Bachelor of Environmental Sciences, Bachelor of Architecture degree, August 2000 at the University of Lagos; Lagos, Nigeria and proceeded to attain a Master of Science degree in Construction Management (Project Management) 2007 at the Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

He became a registered Member of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA) and ARCON in 2006. James is a highly motivated and passionate architect with a critical eye for detail, during both the design and construction process.

He is inspired by such distinguished world architects as Mies van der Rohe, Sir Norman Foster and more contemporary architects like Gerrit Rietveld.

Temitope Daisi Sokoya

BES, B.Arch, Pr.Arch(SA)

Temitope is a practicing architect with over 10 years professional experience and has worked in Architectural practices in Nigeria and South Africa.

Temitope qualified with a Bachelor of Environmental Sciences, Bachelor of Architecture degree, August 2001 at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

He is a chartered Member of the South Africa Council of Architectural Profession (SACAP) Temitope is a very passionate architect with a broad based experience in Architecture, Urban design, Detailing, Specification and Documentation.

He is inspired by the distinguished architects, Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid.

Temitope Daisi Sokoya, beyondareteTemitope Daisi Sokoya, beyondarete
Our Process

Our Process

Our Services to Clients

Assisting clients in composing and formulating briefs
Preparation of sketch designs; detailed drawings for Planning, Building Control and Tender Submission of Planning Application; Submission of Building Control Approval documents.
Preparation and Co-ordination of tender documentation.
Follow up on Building Control Application and amendments as necessary.
Preparation of Tender report and Contract Documentation
Co-ordination and selection of preferred finishes and building materials.
Chairing and minuting of design team, progress and site meetings.
Preparation of Certificates.
Snagging prior to Practical Completion
Snagging at the end of the Defects Liability Period
Co-ordination of the other consultants during the procurement process.
Furthermore, we advise our clients about the best design options for their proposed schemes.

Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy

It's all in the detail

We are focused at utilizing the elements of form and space combined with the input of the client’s requirement, the environment, contractual obligation, cost, planning laws and availability of material to create and deliver responsive schemes of reputable uniqueness.

Our challenge is to deliver great buildings that not only meet our client's aesthetic aspirations, respond to their operational needs but also are completed within an agreed time, budget cost and finished with exceptional quality.

With vast international and local architectural experience, the firm is aimed at evolving designs that are universally elegant, aesthetically imaginative and responsive to the environment. Our designs offer sophisticated solutions with a devoted attention to details in a bid to convey the uniqueness each scheme and client requires.

We offer full architectural services from the inception to completion of the project. These include feasibility, appraisal, design; construction documentation, planning process, tender process, contract administration, construction process and handing over.