CPDI Africa Newsletter 13 September 2017
Professional Architecture Associations on the Continent: Kenya


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 and financial institutions.

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CPDI Africa Feature:

A Peaceful Weekend Home In Zimbabwe’s Matobo Hills

“To me, a house must be unpretentious and built with an acute awareness of its surroundings. I think we have achieved this. It is organically built, a clean and uncluttered space that is honest to the environment in which it finds itself.” – Beks Ndlovu, VISI

Matobo also known as Matopos in the southern region of Zimbabwe is an area of outstanding natural beauty, known for its imposing gravity-defying granite formations, balancing rock formations created by the gradual erosion of the area’s granite plateau. These formations form the Matobo National Hills a part of the Matobo National Park. The Matobo Hills are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as the area is recognised for the highest concentration of prehistoric rock paintings in Southern Africa. It is also the historical land of King Mzilikazi and his son Lobengula. For lovers of wildlife the Matobo National Park is also home to significant populations of black eagles and black and white rhino. And it is in these picture perfect surrounds located just outside the Park that you will find a home aptly called Khayelitshe, which is the Ndebele word for “house in stone”. Khayelitshe is the weekend home of Beks and Sophia Ndlovu and their three children. The family who live nearby in Zimbabwe’s second city Bulawayo escape to the Matobo Hills most weekends for peace existence away from the demands of busy and digital lives. I came acrosS the home on a feature in the South African design magazine VISI.




The Community Planning & Design Initiative Africa (CPDI Africa) is a culture-inspired, research based, design-build competition, created to inspire the development of successful neighborhoods and communities on the continent, with modern African architecture that is both culturally and environmentally sustainable.

Nmadili Okwumabua - Founder, CPDI Africa
Amina Manko Ibrahim - Project Manager
Nicole Moyo - Social Media Intern
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