The Architectural Association of Kenya hosted the AAK president’s dinner at the Villa Rosa Kempisnki hotel on 5th December 2017. Coordinated by the Architects chapter and sponsored by Basco Products Kenya Limited.
The event also included the bi annual Dura coat Awards of Excellence and the unveiling of the AAK at 50 commemorative book. The Award scheme sought to recognize outstanding developments based on the following criteria design innovation and creativity, creative use of material, contextual appropriateness, sustainability and social economic impact to the community.
In her opening remarks the honorary treasurer of the Association Q.S. Olivia Sally Otieno thanked the members present and encouraging them to send their feedback in regards to the operations of the Association.
Basco Paints M.D Mr. Khamlesh Shah outlined his organization’s milestones and their close association with the Architects further commenting on the increase of entries in the chapter.
AAK chapter Chairperson Arch. Wilson Mugambi mentioned the association’s plan in regards to expanding the awards of excellence across the region as well as the long term plan of the AAK Architects.
President of the Architectural Association of Kenya, Arch. Emma Miloyo highlighted the Associations activities throughout the year and their agenda, acknowledging the leadership and secretariat of the Association.
Highlights of the night included presentation of the various awards to the winners both in the Children’s category and the architectural submissions, a segment headlined by the jury members represented by Arch. Dr. Susan Kibue and Arch Jonathan Manning of Osmond Lang Architects and planners from South Africa.
The dinner was presided over by the chief guest P.S Aidah Munano on behalf of C.S James Macharia of the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development. In his speech, Dr. Macharia highlighted the housing agenda by the government for the coming year.
To crown the night, the Commemorative book was unveiled by the Chapter Secretary, Architect Martin Tairo followed by the cake cutting exercise which was conducted by the president, Architect Emma Miloyo and the chief guest, PS. Aidah Munano.
The Winners of the Awards of Excellence were also feted at the event.