Bachelor of Architecture students have won the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) 2015 “Konza Innovation Hub and Park Design Competition,”organized by AAK as part of its Annual Convention that was held from 19 –22 August, at Leisure Lodge Resort, Diani, Mombasa.
The five fifth year Bachelor of Architecture students namely; Reinier Khamala, Diana Machoka, Emmanuel Wekobo, Dickson M’Rinyiru and Felix Achar whose group, christened:Vision Future, scooped the 1st runners up honors after the 4 designs for the Proposed Konza Regional Innovation Hub and Park, they had entered for the competition were adjudged the 2nd best overall beating other groups in a contest that attracted 32 registered groups drawn from higher education institutions offering Architecture studies in Kenya.
For their impressive interpretation of the contest task and show of creative architectural design genius, Team Vision Future was awarded a cash prize of Ksh. 100,000 and certificates.
Their 4 winning designs of: “Innovation Park/and Hub, Police Post and Housing and Entrance Feature” as well as their innovative ideas will be taken into consideration in coming up with the design of the Konza Techno City’s Proposed Konza Regional Innovation Hub and Park.
Out of the thirty two (32) groups that registered on line for the design competition, 16 managed to submit their designs, out of which only 4 groups were shortlisted to participate in the national convention in Diani.
To underscore JKUAT students’ passion for the innovation, a total of 4 groups registered for the competition with three (3) coming from the same 5th year class, while one group came from the final (6th year) class.
Vision Future team leader Reinier says, “The innovation design we showcased was captured in a concept called ‘Innovation Illusion’ to demonstrate the fact that innovation is not a static quality, but rather relative and dynamic quality.”
Diana, like her colleagues, was upbeat: Alongside emerging one of the best, “as JKUAT students, we had a good opportunity to learn from the feet of seasoned architects on the importance of collaboration,” she explained.
The student Architects are full of praise for their School of Architecture and Built Sciences especially the Department of Architecture staff for being supportive and understanding.
“They gave us ample time and the necessary support we required that enabled us to conceptualize and come up with the designs for the contest,” the group averred.