The Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) in conjunction with Duracoat, showcased their 2016 edition of the excellence awards. The biennial award scheme is intended to recognizing excellence in architecture for projects designed in Kenya over the last 50 years.
In the recent award ceremony which took place on the 18th of February 2016 at the Intercontinental Hotel Nairobi, a whopping 26 projects which were divided into 10 different categories emerged as most unique and stood out of the various companies that were nominated.
AAK chairman Gad Opiyo confirmed that the awards aim at promoting excellence in the sector.
Some of the categories that were awarded include best residential project, best commercial building, best hospital facility, best cultural building project, best hospitality building, best educational building and best landscaping.
Winners compiled of Lamu Apartments – Urko Sanchez Architects under the residential Building Category, Kenya Commercial Bank by Planning Systems Services under the Commercial Building Category, Nairobi Intervention Masterplan – Planning Systems Services under the Urban Design/Town Planning Category, Enashipai Resort and Spa – Dimensions Architects & Interior Designers under the Hospitality Industry Category.
Other winners included; Don Bosco Shrine by Space and Systems Consulting Architects under the Cultural Building Project Category – (Art Gallery, Museums, Religious Building), Pamoja Shell of Steel by Planning Systems Services under the Health Centre / Hospital Project Category, Braeburn School Gitanga by Planning Systems Services under the Educational Institution Project Category, Uhuru Highway Landscape Project – AAK Landscape Chapter under the Landscaping Project Category, The Nairobi National Museum by Triad Architects under the Building Transformation/ Renovation Category and finally The Nova Apartments by Beglin Woods Architects under the Concept / Ongoing Project Category.
Kenya’s architectural field has continued to grow and transform for the better with excellent projects already done and more earmarked for the future.
In attendance during the ceremony included AAK Architects Chapter chairman Gad Opiyo and Duracoat Paints Managing Director, Mr. Kamlesh Shah.