Architects, Quantity Surveyors Act being amended

By Ronald Owili

The Architects and Quantity Surveyors Act is being amended to enhance competition and eliminate quacks.

The Architectural Association of Kenya chairperson Gad Opiyo says up to 60 percent of those involved in architectural design are not qualified professionals.

He was speaking during the launch of the Excellence in Architecture 2016 Awards seeking to reward best designers.

The real estate and construction sector in the country is booming as investors race to put up buildings, both residential and commercial to meet demand.

This rapid growth has also come at a price where rogue investors opt for shortcuts, often side stepping the law and acquiring services of unlicensed professionals such as architects and quantity surveyors, the aftermath is collapsed buildings leading to loss of lives and portraying the profession in bad light.

To eliminate 60% of quacks operating in the industry, the Architects and Quantity Surveyors Act cap 525 is being reviewed to streamline the industry.

Among areas to be refined are liberalization of fees currently set at a minimum 6% of the total project cost, while allowing the professionals to advertise for their services to enhance competition.

This comes as the Architectural Association of Kenya hold its excellence in architecture awards 2016 this month with a 5.5 million shillings sponsorship from Basco Paints. The award which has 10 categories is scheduled for 18th this month.




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