Pamela Abalu

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Pamela Abalu (born 1978) is the Chief Architect at MetLife , a global enterprise with more than 1,500 properties in nearly 50 countries, housing 57,000 employees. Abalu is credited with transforming MetLife ’s global work culture through the delivery of human-centered spaces.[citation needed]

Early life and education[edit]

Pamela Abalu was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and spent her early childhood in Northern Nigeria (Kano) before attending an all-girls boarding school at the age of 10. Her father’s work with the United Nations on agricultural economics introduced her to the globe, relocating her to diverse locales such as Ethiopia, U.K., Switzerland, Ghana, and Sierra Leone. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Architecture from Iowa State University, located in Ames, Iowa.


Abalu landed her first internship in architecture after her freshman year in college at the New York firm of Perkins Eastman. By the age of 26, Abalu was one of 300 licensed African American architects in the US. By age 33, she was the Chief Architect at MetLife, overseeing $1 billion of capital investment. She has worked with many premier brands, including Bloomberg L.P., L’Oréal, and Goldman Sachs.


Crain’s 40 Under 40 honoree (2016) [1]


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  1. Crain's New York Business 40 Under 40
  2. MetLife: Designing for Today's Workplace
  3. Time Magazine: Building Success
  4. Contract Magazine: Designer You should Know Pamela Abalu
  5. The Network Journal 40 Under Forty

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