Architectural Firms Celebrating Many Years of Service

Architectural Firms Celebrating Many Years of Service

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Several local architectural firms have in recent days been celebrating many years that they have been in service in Kenya.

A view of UNON designed by Beglinwoods
A view of UNON designed by Beglinwoods

Leading the park were Beglinwoods Architects Limited, who in 2012, celebrated their 30th year in operation. Founded in 1982 by architects David Beglin and Simon Woods, the firm’s name borrows from the surname of its founder partners. Throughout its thirty years of operation, the firm has created a portfolio of commercial, residential and institutional projects and is definitely a force to reckon in the local architectural scene. Some prohects under their portfolio includes the Landmark Plaza in Upper Hill, Chaka Place in Kilimani and United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON) Nairobi among others.

Jim Archer, a founder partner at Planning Systems Services Ltd
Jim Archer, a founder partner at Planning Systems Services Ltd

Jim Archer and Trevor Andrews have however been around for much longer. On May 1st, their firm, Planning Systems and Services Ltd celebrated its 35th year of operation. Started in 1978, the firm has grown to be one of the ‘big five’ in Kenya and arguably, if you go by the number of local and international awards they have bagged, the best architectural firm in the region. Their signature projects are the two blue towers in Nairobi CBD, I&M Bank Building and Lonrho House, among many others all over the city and the region.

Triad directors, Charles Ndung'u (L) and James Gitoho (R)
Triad directors, Charles Ndung’u (L) and James Gitoho (R)

And to finish up the list is Triad Architects, who will be celebrating an impressive 50 years of operations. Founded in 1963 by Amyas Connell and Graham McCullough, the ownership and management of the firm has changed hands severally and is currently under the stewardship of four directors, Tim Vaulkhard, James Gitoho, Julius Kibwage and Charles Ndung’u. The firm’s profile of projects ranges from the legendary Parliament Buildings to more recent Barclays Plaza and Times Towers among others.

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