IQSK Meeting Held at Hilton Hotel, Nairobi


The meeting of all stakeholders in the Quantity Surveying profession was held in Hilton Hotel on 16th March 2016 at 9am. Founded in 1994 with the aim of increasing professionalism, training and regulation in the quantity surveying industry, IQSK was happy to state some of the achievements it had like the sponsoring of over forty students through their education and the joint programme with BORAQS-Kenya in the CPD programme of training to enhance efficiency and quality, numerous involvements in Public Private Partnerships mostly in the real estate industry in Kenya, the Standard Gauge Railway, LAPPSET involvements and many more.

The Principal Secretary graced the occasion and pointed out the need of gender balance in the professional industry thus a gender policy document to be enacted. The quantity surveying profession is one of the drivers of the economy which if well driven would go a long way in boosting our country’s economy, increasing GDP and creation of employment.

Part of the stakeholders attending the meeting
Part of the stakeholders attending the meeting

The new dispensation of devolution should be embraced by such a profession and a national presence felt through all counties. A roadmap program is to be drafted to understand our value in development in the counties.

It was noted that there have been emerging challenges in the industry brought about by education diversity. A guide was needed so that training trends are changed from being objective to market-oriented trend which is the true auditor of professional curriculum.

There was need for expansion, growth and collaborations with cross border partnership especially in young countries like Rwanda and despite the restrictions of the Kenyan Cap 525 there was assured intervention and assistance in coming up with a new contract document in line with current trends.

It was noted that there was need to identify members who will work as drivers of change in the IQSK team

The chair of the Kenya Green Building Society brought in a new workable concept enhancing architecture, solar lighting and water recycling and it was noted that green building technology significantly reduces the negative impact of development in the society. Building maintenance is another key aspect all of us need to focus on and the main area that the green building technology focuses on are maintenance, indoor environmental quality, monitoring energy, transport sector, water management, use of building materials, land use and ecology, innovations in the industry and the socio-economic changes brought about by buildings.

CIBEX East Africa – the international trade show for Construction, Infrastructure, Building and Energy

CIBEX East Africa is proud to announce the visit of S.E. Professor Jacob Kaimenyi, Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Lands, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works. He was the chief guest of CIBEX East Africa 2016 and inaugurated the show.

Highlights from the Trade Fair:

Further details and programme can be obtained on the CIBEX Website

Growth And Creativity In The Construction Industry

 AAK Awards Of Excellence – Dinner on 18th February  2016

Talking Notes by: Prof. Arch. Paul M. Maringa (PhD) Corp, Arch. Maak, Mkip,
Principal Secretary, State Department of Public Works


Awards promote our national aspirations for transformation catalyzing:

  • Excellence in professional service provision;
  • Responsible environmental management;
  • Competitive enterprise development; and
  • Social cohesion

Awards renovate the natural cycle of creativity of:

  • Work and play; and
  • A blending of the unusual common patterns and rhythms.

Awards point direction to future higher horizons that:

  • Help youth to stand on the shoulders of their heroes and thereby aim higher and further

Awards would ideally anchor the  concept of image-ability – the emotional meaning of Architecture; promoting a built environment that resonates with our emotional psyche is shaped by cultural, spatial function contexts.

Awards should ideally acknowledge mentors, and for our purposes today, just to name a few; Practitioners: Dangliesh Marshialls, Jimmy Archer, Waweru Senior, James Kimathi, Stanley Kibathi, David Reuben, David Mutiso and Daniel Mutiso. Lecturers: Prof. Kurulz Vavkey, Dr. Khan Kalander Chayz, Prof. Eric Mettert and Arch. Bruce Kreazer.

Maawy Presents Award
PS Mariamu elMaawy, presents an award to Planning Systems

Some Thoughts for Consideration – Discussion Notes

A. Members to embrace the concept of peer review for auditing among practitioners based on individual targets and mutually accepted standards of practice as well as growth projections for the profession. Such would be:

  1. Adoption of contemporary and futuristic methods of practices;
  2. Institutional arrangements and mergers to promote increased regional and global competitiveness;
  3. Absorption of emerging design and I.T. production technologies;
  4. Mentoring profiles of firms for younger, smaller firms and apprentices and students on practical attachment for purposes of boosting succession management in the profession;
  5. Gender inclusion in the market place guided by clear gender audits in firms and subsequent gender policies.

B. Members urged to support practical initiatives for peer recognition that would include and not be limited to:-

  1. Setting up a Hall of fame in well chosen spots that are visible to the practitioners and public and at a possible AAK Museum or offices;
  2. The hall of fame to pay tribute to retired and retiring Architects who have mentored current generations and whose contribution to the profession is noteworthy;
  3. Broadening the Awards of excellence to capture creativity in the entire spectrum of the profession, vis: old, young, students, interns, practitioners, individuals, firms, women etc;
  4. Hall of fame to also capture in plaques the past office holders of important dockets in the fraternity (BORAQS, AAK, School of Architecture).

C. Members to give attention to International Bench-marking and have firms sign-up to ISO-certification where possible.

Maringa Presents Award
PS Prof. Paul Maringa presents award to Beglin Woods

D. Peer information sharing platforms to assume a more intrusive dimension, vis:

  1. More regular and wider rage of journals, with increasingly thought provoking articles and features of innovation and more inclusive, diverse contribution across the spectrum of the fraternity;
  2. Journals to multiply to embrace the practice and the academic;
  3. More public forums aligned to prevailing government structure of central government and the county governments, public and private sectors and civil society;
  4. Websites that link up to other principal players in the industry, vis-a-vis : IQSK, BORAQS, ISK, KIP, Public Works, Manufacturers, NCA, Contractor Associations, Building Exhibitors etc for more active and wider information sharing.

E. Members to encourage creativity through:

  1. Inclusion of radical contributions to discourse by the youth;
  2. Practical innovation in firm management, service provision and design approaches;
  3. Action research which typified Hassan Fathy’s life and work “Architecture for the poor”;
  4. Partnerships beyond our borders that will infuse peculiar thought and processes from outside;
  5. Small casement in form of active regular discourse that is guided by well structured themes in meetings, learning environments and the media (TV and Newspapers) with selected thematic groups and leaders;
  6. Fraternity to adopt a decisive market orientation and therefore to:
    1. Clearly identify its market – rich and poor
    2. Clearly profile its market with respect to client preferences;
    3. Compulsively engage its market in order to guide it to its desired goals;
    4. To endear itself to the nation through visible community service by individual members group, firms and the entire Association.

    Please visit the link below for the complete list of Awards:

2016 Awards of Excellence in Architecture