Established in 1967, the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) is Kenya's leading Association for professionals in the built and natural environment in Kenya incorporating Architects, Quantity Surveyors, Town Planners, Engineers, Landscape Architects and Environmental Design Consultants and Construction Project Managers.
The Association is registered under the Societies Act and brings together professionals from the Private Sector, Public Sector and Academia. The Association also acts as a link between professionals and stakeholders in the construction industry: Including policy makers, manufacturers, real estate developers, financial institutions, and so on.
It is in this context that the Association continues to collaborate and affiliate itself with both municipal and international organizations.
The AAK is purely a social professional Association with no legal executive mandate. However based on its objectives, the Association takes interest and participates in several issues of public concern. Among these are:
The Association participates in the drawing up of the Training Curricula at the local Universities and Polytechnics. I some cases like Architecture, the Association has solicited the support of the Commonwealth Association of Architects( CAA)to accredit our schools of Architecture to give our degree courses international recognition.
B) Continuous Professional Development
In order to keep pace with changing technologies throughout the world, the association conducts seminars and workshops through which the members continually develop their professional skills. Kenya is one of the few countries in Africa, that conducts continuous professional development exercises.
C) Building Construction Standards:
The Association takes interests and participates, as a public watchdog, in the setting up of building construction standards through local authority by-laws. Our Association makes periodical written submissions to the local authorities for adoption or amendment of construction standards.
D) Construction Cost Control
The Association in collaboration with the Kenya Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors (KABCEC) have established the Joint Building Council to periodically review and publish recommended prices for building material and labour within the Building Construction Industry. The two Associations also publish the Standard Agreement and Conditions of Contract for Building Works.
E) Town and County
AAK takes particular interest in Town and County. This includes preparation of national, regional and local/Town development Plans. Town Planners are also included in development Control.
F) Professional Ethics
Members of AAK sit on the respective Boards of Registration of the different building professional ethics.