The 2017 Awards event wound up in a colourful event held at the Villa Rosa Kempinsky on 5th December last year. The event, which also featured the awarding of the children’s competition winners was specially held in celebration of the Association’s 50th year anniversary and was combined together with the annual President’s dinner.

It attracted 54 entries from firm members of the Architectural Association of Kenya. Out of these, seven (7) were awarded under the categories outlined below:

CategoryWinner1st Runner up2nd Runner upNotable mention
Best residential
Building Project
Swahili Gem by
Urko Sanchez Architects
Munje Beach House
by Gronlykke Studio
Best Commercial
Building Project
The Hub Karen
by Bowman Architects
Best Educational
Institution Project
Mara Girls Leadership
School by Mellbye
Architects & Ecospace Architects
International School of Kenya
Elementary School by
Team2 Architects
USIU Students Centre
by Beglin Woods
Best Low Cost / Social Project
(Residential, Healthcare, Educational)
SOS Children’s Village,
Djibouti by Urko Sanches

Category – Best residential Building Project

Winner – Swahili Gem by Urko Sanchez Architects

Category – Best Commercial Building Project

Winner – The Hub Karen by Bowman Architects

Category – Best Educational Institution Project

Winner – Mara Girls Leadership School by Mellbye
Architects & Ecospace Architects

Category – Best Low Cost / Social Project

Winner – SOS Children’s Village,Djibouti by Urko Sanches Architects

The Children’s Competition

In celebration of the 50 years of AAK, the Association held a children’s design competition for children between seven (7) and twelve years old. The competition themed ‘My future Home’ required the children to give an impression, through artistic work, of how their future home would look like. A total of 52 submissions were received from children from schools within Nairobi County. The submissions ranged from hand drawings, mosaics to models.

The jury considered the aspects outlined below in their evaluation:

  • Aesthetics
  • Presentation Quality
  • Understanding of the assignment
  • Creativity in media exploration
  • Futuristic elements
  • Features in the home
  • Consideration of the age of the child making the submission

Seven year old Ali-Jamee Mohammed emerged winner in the competition. The jury found his entry to be very futuristic and had key sustainable design elements including solar heating and rain water harvesting. The submittal also used mixed media including paint, cardboard, toothpicks, aluminium and glitter pen in the artwork.

The winners of the children’s competition. L-R: Leonel Ngatia, Ali-Jamee Mohamed and Allan Mogoi Karioki