JKUAT Don to Lead Architects Chapter

Arch. Wycliffe Waburiri

Arch. Wycliffe Waburiri is the new Chairperson of the Architects Chapter of the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK). The Tutorial Fellow in the Department of Architecture at JKUAT was elected during the Association’s Annual General Meeting held in February 2023. Arch. Waburiri, is the outgoing Chapter Treasurer having served for two years. He also served as the Chapter Registrar from 2019 to 2021.

The JKUAT alumnus has outlined a number of action points that will define his leadership tenure. Top on his priority list is to develop the recently launched David Mutiso Bursary Fund to enable needy students access higher education in Architecture.

Another target area for Arch. Waburiri is to grow the Association’s membership from the current number of 2000. He says that despite the country having many trained personnel in the area of built environment, registration remains a key challenge for many prospective candidates. Part of the strategy, according to Arch. Waburiri is to provide mentorship and training opportunities for early career architects.

The Chapter Chair has also set out to ramp up advocacy through a knowledge management platform that will provide exposure to AAK members’ work portfolios beyond their respective institutions. He believes that by having members join regional and global professional bodies, they would increase their visibility and provide opportunities for cross-border engagements in countries like Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda which have signed Mutual Recognition Agreements with Kenya.

Established in 1967, the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) is Kenya’s leading Association for professionals in the built and natural environment in Kenya incorporating Architects, Quantity Surveyors, Town Planners, Engineers, Landscape Architects and Environmental Design Consultants and Construction Project Managers.

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