East Africa: Architects Want More Say in Planning, Construction

The East African (Nairobi) http://www.nation.co.ke
26 October 2008 / Posted to the web 30 October 2008
Halima Abdallah K - Nairobi

Architects from East Africa want to play a more active role in government construction and planning departments to correct the current mess in the region's urban centres.

According to the architects, underqualified or unqualified personnel have usurped the role of professionals with political heads such as mayors and councillors taking over technical roles like approval of plans.

"The cities are not properly planned because we have left the planning to politicians -- mayors and councillors -- and locked out the professionals," said Gideon Mulyungi, president of the East Africa Institute of Architects and also Permanent Secretary in Kenya's Ministry of Works.

Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/200810300487.html

Kenyan Architects & QS Associations: http://architectafrica.com/NETWORK/KENYA/node/3