The Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) has validated programmes offered in the School of Architecture and Building Sciences (SABS) at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
The certification was affirmed when SABS met the required threshold set by the CAA after a three-day assessment of the architecture programmes conducted between May 6-8, 2019, by the regional and local officials from CAA whose affiliate members include the Architectural Association of Kenya(AAK), Board of Registration for Architects and Quality Surveyors (BORAQS).
In a presentation of the final report to the Vice Chancellor, CAA representative, Mr. Jayantha Perera who chaired the Board, commended the high motivation of staff members in the Department of Architecture and impressive display of student work. He also lauded the emphasis laid on the design process of student projects saying it was a key factor in the learning process.
The Board observed that the department had taken steps to increase the number of staff by new recruits as well as adjunct lecturers to manage the increasing student numbers streaming to the University.
The Board further reported a satisfactory level of gender balance among the students while applauding SABS for an early exposure of students to practical training in fabrication work, masonry, woodwork, plumbing and metal work.
Vice Chancellor, JKUAT, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, congratulated the Department for attaining the milestone and recognized the joint students and staff efforts that made it possible to get the certification.
Prof. Ngumi said JKUAT will fully implement additional recommendations of the Board as a way of fostering quality training of architects for Kenya and the region.
The Chairman, Department of Architecture, Arch. Nadi Hashim, revelled at the achievement saying it marked a major milestone for JKUAT, having successfully bench-marked with the experts at the highest level.
While expressing his gratitude to the University management for supporting the course, Arch. Nadi urged the students to grab the opportunity and unleash their learnt architectural ingenuity in order to place JKUAT on the global map.