Architectural Showcase – EAIA at 100

The object of the East Africa Institute Of Architects is the promotion and maintenance of excellence in the education and practice of Architects and Architecture in the East Africa Region.

With this in mind we felt it time to list down what this generation of architects in East Africa feel captures the evolution of our formal architectural practice from the formal establishment of the East Africa Institute of Architects in 1913 to its centenary year 2013.

What follows below is a snapshot of some of the projects from Kenya selected:

Kipande House, CBD, NairobiKipande House, CBD, Nairobi

Architect: Wevill and Davies 1913

The first high rise building in the fledgling city of Nairobi. It was initially the Government labour department office issuing the ID card (kipande). Now 100 years old it has successfully been converted into a modern banking hall and is in mint condition.


Parliament Buildings, CBD, Nairobi, Architect: Amyas D. Connell & Thornly Dyer, 1962Parliament Buildings, CBD, Nairobi

Architect: Amyas D. Connell & Thornly Dyer, 1962

A surprisingly confident and skilled use of modernist line, mannerist delight and almost baroque drama and composition. This fine civic building sets itself apart from the often literal symbolism and ponderous expressive urges of post colonial buildings for the functioning African governments.


Kenya High School, Nairobi, Architect: Cobb, Archer Scammell Architects, 1948Kenya High School, Nairobi

Architect: Cobb, Archer Scammell Architects, 1948

The epitome of European only Girls education facilities in the colony the Kenya High school is a master planners dream. Elegant gardens with precise class & dormitory blocks surrounding the Lush central Africa shaped garden courtyard.

Photo by Estudio Camouflage


Don Bosco Church, Upper Hill, Nairobi, Architect: Space & Systems Architects with Fr. Tony Fernandez, 1993Don Bosco Church, Upper Hill, Nairobi,

Architect: Space & Systems Architects with Fr. Tony Fernandez, 1993

As a shrine dedicated to the faith, the Don Bosco Church exudes glorious imagery and an aura of benevolence to the architectural eye. A modern church built in full appreciation of its African setting, Don Bosco proudly adopts a circular layout stepped and naturally well lit with warm chromatic shades that remain true to its purpose.


Coca-Cola Africa HQ, Upper Hill, Nairobi, Architect: GAPP Architects & Urban Designers, South Africa with TRIAD Architects, 2009Coca-Cola Africa HQ, Upper Hill, Nairobi

Architect: GAPP Architects & Urban Designers, South Africa with TRIAD Architects, 2009

A simple design executed flawlessly giving a green energy efficient building that provides a great working environment.