TRIAD – THE LEADING CENTRE OF QUALITY ARCHITECTURE IN EAST & CENTRAL AFRICA (Triad at 50)
Triad Architects was established in 1963 by RIBA Bronze medalist Amyas Connell and the Professional Centre founder, Graham McCullough. The name ‘Triad’ was derived from the original concept of a multi-disciplinary practice, being an amalgamation of three different building professions; architecture, engineering and quantity surveying.
Through its many years of practice and experience, Triad has grown to become a regional leader in design, holding signature to national historic landmarks like the Parliament buildings and National museum among thousands of their other masterpiece projects.
Other notable projects by the firm include; Corner House, Loita House, Moi University Margaret Thatcher Library, Nairobi Business Park, British Council Nairobi, CCK Headquarters, Barclays Plaza, Longonot Place, UAP Tower, Rwenzori House and Court in Kampala and Bank of Kigali in Rwanda.
The firm has been at the forefront in promoting and supporting the development of the architectural profession in particular and the building and construction industry in the country in general. It is a member of both the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) and the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors of Kenya (BORAQS) from where it participates in programmes aimed at growing the profession. Its partners have served as senior office bearers in the professional bodies.
The firm’s profile has grown bigger and stronger hence invaluable skill transfer to its team through partnerships with foreign firms in designing complex and sensitive projects such as the Coca-Cola Headquarters, British Council, UAP Towers as well as airports and hospitals.
In a country lacking adequate and quality professionalism in architecture, Triad has stepped in with a career development programme to train and build professional capacity in young graduates. The firm offers internships to two university students annually and pupillage opportunities to high school students who aspire to pursue architecture in their undergraduate course.
A boiling pot of mixed cultures, Triad Architects is a reflection of not only development in Kenya but also the move to abolish racism and tribalism in the nation. It’s staff team include whites, Asians and Africans working together in unity despite the cultural differences.
Triad is also a reflection of Kenya’s development since the country attained independence in 1963 and today, it’s among the few architectural practices in the country that are ISO certified. The quality of service assured by ISO makes it a potent force in the building industry.