Growth And Creativity In The Construction Industry

 AAK Awards Of Excellence – Dinner on 18th February  2016

Talking Notes by: Prof. Arch. Paul M. Maringa (PhD) Corp, Arch. Maak, Mkip,
Principal Secretary, State Department of Public Works


Awards promote our national aspirations for transformation catalyzing:

  • Excellence in professional service provision;
  • Responsible environmental management;
  • Competitive enterprise development; and
  • Social cohesion

Awards renovate the natural cycle of creativity of:

  • Work and play; and
  • A blending of the unusual common patterns and rhythms.

Awards point direction to future higher horizons that:

  • Help youth to stand on the shoulders of their heroes and thereby aim higher and further

Awards would ideally anchor the  concept of image-ability – the emotional meaning of Architecture; promoting a built environment that resonates with our emotional psyche is shaped by cultural, spatial function contexts.
Awards should ideally acknowledge mentors, and for our purposes today, just to name a few; Practitioners: Dangliesh Marshialls, Jimmy Archer, Waweru Senior, James Kimathi, Stanley Kibathi, David Reuben, David Mutiso and Daniel Mutiso. Lecturers: Prof. Kurulz Vavkey, Dr. Khan Kalander Chayz, Prof. Eric Mettert and Arch. Bruce Kreazer.

Maawy Presents Award
PS Mariamu elMaawy, presents an award to Planning Systems

Some Thoughts for Consideration – Discussion Notes

A. Members to embrace the concept of peer review for auditing among practitioners based on individual targets and mutually accepted standards of practice as well as growth projections for the profession. Such would be:

  1. Adoption of contemporary and futuristic methods of practices;
  2. Institutional arrangements and mergers to promote increased regional and global competitiveness;
  3. Absorption of emerging design and I.T. production technologies;
  4. Mentoring profiles of firms for younger, smaller firms and apprentices and students on practical attachment for purposes of boosting succession management in the profession;
  5. Gender inclusion in the market place guided by clear gender audits in firms and subsequent gender policies.

B. Members urged to support practical initiatives for peer recognition that would include and not be limited to:-

  1. Setting up a Hall of fame in well chosen spots that are visible to the practitioners and public and at a possible AAK Museum or offices;
  2. The hall of fame to pay tribute to retired and retiring Architects who have mentored current generations and whose contribution to the profession is noteworthy;
  3. Broadening the Awards of excellence to capture creativity in the entire spectrum of the profession, vis: old, young, students, interns, practitioners, individuals, firms, women etc;
  4. Hall of fame to also capture in plaques the past office holders of important dockets in the fraternity (BORAQS, AAK, School of Architecture).

C. Members to give attention to International Bench-marking and have firms sign-up to ISO-certification where possible.

Maringa Presents Award
PS Prof. Paul Maringa presents award to Beglin Woods

D. Peer information sharing platforms to assume a more intrusive dimension, vis:

  1. More regular and wider rage of journals, with increasingly thought provoking articles and features of innovation and more inclusive, diverse contribution across the spectrum of the fraternity;
  2. Journals to multiply to embrace the practice and the academic;
  3. More public forums aligned to prevailing government structure of central government and the county governments, public and private sectors and civil society;
  4. Websites that link up to other principal players in the industry, vis-a-vis : IQSK, BORAQS, ISK, KIP, Public Works, Manufacturers, NCA, Contractor Associations, Building Exhibitors etc for more active and wider information sharing.

E. Members to encourage creativity through:

  1. Inclusion of radical contributions to discourse by the youth;
  2. Practical innovation in firm management, service provision and design approaches;
  3. Action research which typified Hassan Fathy’s life and work “Architecture for the poor”;
  4. Partnerships beyond our borders that will infuse peculiar thought and processes from outside;
  5. Small casement in form of active regular discourse that is guided by well structured themes in meetings, learning environments and the media (TV and Newspapers) with selected thematic groups and leaders;
  6. Fraternity to adopt a decisive market orientation and therefore to:
    1. Clearly identify its market – rich and poor
    2. Clearly profile its market with respect to client preferences;
    3. Compulsively engage its market in order to guide it to its desired goals;
    4. To endear itself to the nation through visible community service by individual members group, firms and the entire Association.

    Please visit the link below for the complete list of Awards:

2016 Awards of Excellence in Architecture

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