Paint maker, Basco Paints, has renewed its sponsorship of the AAK Duracoat Awards of Excellence for architects for a new six year term at a cost of Sh 5.5 million.
The awards held in partnership with the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) were first celebrated in the year 2006.
Subsequently they are held every two years and recognize exceptional architects practicing in Kenya.
Basco Paints Managing Director, Kamlesh Shah, said Basco Paints under the flagship brand Duracoat were keen to support initiatives in the built environment.
“The Duracoat brand promise is; Ask the experts, and the awards highlight some of the expert architects present in Kenya.”
For the 10th year of hosting the awards, he believed the initiative would help add an additional competitive dynamic into the architectural field and encourage the consultants to push themselves to the limit.
Architect Gad Opiyo the Chairman of AAK Architects Chapter, on his part appreciated the role played
by Basco Paints in supporting the body in various ways over the years.
He reiterated that the role of the AAK as a professional body was to provide a front for architects and reinforce positive values that enhance the profession.
Among 10 cartegories architects will battle for include Best Residential Building Project,
Best Commercial Building Project, Best Urban Design / Town Planning Project, Best Hospitality Industry Project and Best Cultural Building Project – (Art Gallery, Museums, Religious Buildings etc).
Other categories include, Best Health Centre / Hospital Project, Best Educational Institution Project,
Best Landscaping Project, Best Building Transformation/ Renovation and Best Concept / Ongoing Project.
A jury of renowned International Architects will be selecting the winners prior to the awards ceremony
which will be held at a Gala Dinner on February 18 at the Hotel Intercontinental.
Entries for the awards which have been open for submission since November 2015 will be closed on February 11th 2016.