Landscape Architects Chapter
Landscape Architects offer diverse landscape architectural services which primarily serves residential, commercial and government agencies. Landscape architects have considerable expertise in the area of park an resort recreation design, commercial beautification, irrigation design, community resource planning, urban and regional design, environmental planning and management.
The areas mentioned above offer an overview of the range of activity and services offered by landscape architects which are inclusive of:-
- Analysis Services
- Feasibility Services
- Site Selection and Utilization Analysis
- Design and Planning Services
- Contract Documentation and Administration
Landscape Architects are employed by clients who may be private individuals firms, business, corporations or by public agencies. Landscape architectural firms sometimes form collaborative associations to offer full service work on projects. This would involve temporary partnership between two or more firms for a specific project. They may sell their services to other firms as consultants.
Why Use a Landscape Architect
- To save on the risk of spending money without sacrificing the quality of work
- Enhance the value of your property with relatively low inputs
- Rationalization of your outdoor space through sound design and planning principles
- Conservation and improvement of the natural environment
Professional fees are not necessarily high and are usually calculation on a time basis or as a percentage of the projects cost depending on the nature of the project. The division of services and fees is clearly stated in advance of project commencement.
The Landscape Architects’ Chapter was formed in 1989 after almost 10 years of deliberation by the AAK. From its earliest days the chapter was fortunate to have the support of Mr. Ruben Mutiso who worked tirelessly to smooth the way of formation and create recognition for the profession.
Since its formation the growth of the chapter has been slow due to the fact that not many universities offer Landscape Architecture degree in Africa. The small group of practicing landscape architects in Kenya does, however undertake a wide range of different types of work from landscape planning, environment impact statements and education to urban design, commercial and residential landscape design.
In recent years, the Chapter of Landscape Architects and the profession has experienced a changed in its role and development. Development has mainly bee at the Association level where our members have actively taken part in the very real process of restructuring the AAK. This was a concerted effort by all the AAK members Chapters.
Although Landscape Architects practice their profession in this country without legal constraint, it is important for the profession to begin laying foundations for a regulated system of conduct. This is in anticipation of a time when there will be many of us practicing and so the need for order in a structured environment. The regulatory aspects of the profession must be address now for the future so that laws governing the practice are put in place to ensure the profession remains scrupulous in its practice and conduct.
The landscape architecture is a little known profession, but this definition by Garret Ecko serves to illustrate how it fits with some of the other building profession under the umbrella of AAK.
Landscape Architects Chapter Representatives
- L/Arch. Hosea Omole – Chairman
- L/Arch. Lorraine Odhiambo – Vice Chairman
- L/Arch. Dempsey Murage – Secretary
- L/Arch. Kate Mwikali – Asst. Secretary
- L/Arch. Samuel Mugo – Treasurer
- L/Arch. Robert Munene – Registrar