CHIBWE AFRITECTS 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
"I remember sitting with one desk, a computer and a phone ;anxiously waiting for the phone to ring…." that was Mr. Laurence Chibwe, MD of Chibwe Afritects reflecting on his early days that saw the birth of Afritects Architects. There was no nostalgia in these references - rather a mixture of memory and pride.
Afritects was first established in 1998! 10 years ago. Originally known as Chibwe Ritschl Afritects changed in 2002 to Afritects. The firm currently employs well over 10 highly qualified professionals with more than 50 years combined experience in the fields of Architecture and construction.
It was on the 29th August, 2008 that Afritects Architects celebrated its 10th Anniversary. The event was held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa as a true testimony of the success that Afritects has enjoyed in the past years growing from strength to strength.
The Director, Clara da Cruz Almeida who joined Afritects in 2004 in her welcoming speech spoke of the heart-warming experience she has had as part of the dynamic team of Afritects describing it as a fresh and dynamic architectural practice with a passion for Africa and its heritage. The event was marked with a superb 5 course meal and very brief speeches from both directors. Invited guests - ranging from fellow consultants to clients and contractors - have all played a major role in the development of the company to where it is now.
Two parallel slide projectors with inspirational and actual work entertained the guests; much prized was the 1 gigabyte flash disk presented to each guest as a token of appreciation.
Summing it up, the Afritects team gave the evening a cozy atmosphere, reminiscent of a family celebration which was all the more surprising as it was the least expected outcome by the invited guests.
Clara with Isaac
Afritects Architects & Staff
Laurence with staff members.