The Lagos Branch started as a group of Estate Surveyors & Valuers who came together to drive the formation of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, as a professional body in Nigeria. There was another group called Ibadan group who came together for the same purpose.
The two groups merged to agree on a name given to the Institution. The first meeting of the Branch was held at the residence of Mr S. B. Oludemi at 44,Nnamdi Azikiwe Road, Railway Compound, Oke-Ira, Ebute Metta, Lagos on Thursday 3rd December 1970. The first Executive Committee appointed at the meeting was headed by Chief Hope Harriman as the Chairman, while Mr Olatunde Adegbemile was the Secretary. The second meeting came up on 16th December 1970 at 12, Kanike Close, S.W. Ikoyi,Lagos which indicated that the Branch has come to stay.