The Year 2019 is barely 3 months old but has proven to be one packed with a lot of activities so far. The Architectural field is not left out in this as quite a number of events are scheduled to take place this year within and outside the country. Although with the months of January and February lost, one still has a lot of events to catch up with as regards Architecture. So without further ado, let’s delve in
4th. RWANDA CHAPEL: Call for entries. This is a competition organised by the Young Architects Competition (YAC) and is a competition of the best idea for the design of a church for the people of Rukomo, a small
religious community there in Uganda. The competition would reward the best designs with cash prices. The Jury boasts of some of the best in the field of Architecture and Design in Rwanda. Early bird registration has begun since 4th of March to end 7th of April. Standard registration, however, begins 8th of April and ends 5th of May. The submission deadline for the works is on the 5th of June, 2019.
6th-29th – NIA Exams
The NIA Exams for PPE, FE I & FE II come up this month. Interested participants are to take note.
3rd. African School Project: Education for the future. Taking place in Benga, Malawi, this is a competition calling on the design for a secondary school to be located in same Benga. The winning proposal would be one taking into account cost-effectiveness and the use of local materials and energy-saving systems. Registration and submission for the competition have started since November 2018 and will end on the 20th of March, 2019. The Jury meets between 20th of March and 3rd of April to decide on a winner, who would be picked on that same day.
Cash prizes are up for grabs with the winner taking up to 20,000€ + construction fees.
4th-6th. LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction 2019. This takes place in Egypt and is set to feature over 300 experts in various fields including material sciences, architecture and civil engineering. The venue is the American University, Cairo.
9th. NIA Strategic Meeting
On the 9th of April, we have the first NIA strategic meeting for the year.
15th. On this day, we have the Founder’s Day Celebration, and also the1st Quarterly Dinner.
23rd. The NIA Executive Council Meeting No. 8 happens on this day.
24th-26th. We have the Architects Colloquium for the year 2019, taking place in the capital city, Abuja.
1st-4th. The Osun State Chapter has its OASIS, which happens in Osogbo.
4th. Kaira Looro Architecture Competition for a Peace Pavilion in Senegal, A memorial for the Innocent Victims of War in Africa. The event is one inspired by the souls of millions of Africans who have lost their lives in the many conflicts and wars that have ravaged the continent and seeks to act as a unifying factor. Winners are announced on the 4th of May although registrations have started since January 18.
8th-10th. Between these days, the 10th edition of the Lagos Architects Forum would hold.
8th-10th. Identity Through Architecture and Arts. An event holding in Cairo Egypt. The conference would cover topics in the field of urban arts, architecture and technology and would highlight areas such as conservation of architectural heritage.
23rd-25th. Imo State would host its annual lecture, summit, and Architectural competition.
23rd-25th. Rwanda BUILDEXPO 2019. This mega event is scheduled to hold at the award-winning $500 million Kigali Convention Center. Probably the biggest expo of the year, it would feature construction, natural stone, and equipment exhibition.
23rd-26th. The SENCON 2019. This would feature construction and machinery expo, holding in Dakar, Senegal.
28th. On this day we have another NIA strategic committee meeting.
11th-13th. The 6th edition of the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa. As usual the event promises to be as solid as its predecessors with a show of the best in construction, innovation and design. Little wonders it is dubbed Africa’s mega construction and infrastructure show.
18th. The NIA Executive Council Meeting No. 9.
19th. The 5th NIA distinguished lecture series.
20th. Here we have the 2nd Quarterly Dinner
27th. The Benue State Chapter of the NIA would hold its Wilson Enyi Memorial Lecture.
27th. Nigeria BuildExpo – Lagos. This would feature international building and construction exhibitions.
29th. The Adamawa State Chapter of the NIA would have it’s Biennial General Assembly and would also hold its election of new excos.
The NIA Professional Development Workshop comes up this month. Details as regards date and venue would come in due time.
15th-17th. The Abuja Chapter of the NIA would have its Annual General Meeting.
23rd-25th. The Oyo State Chapter would have its Annual General Meeting.
30th. The NIA would have a strategic committee meeting.
4th-6th. BUILDEXPO Africa – Kenya. Kenya’s edition of the prestigious Buildexpo holds in Nairobi and would feature the usual construction and building exhibitions.
6th. The NIA would hold its Executive Council Meeting No. 10.
13th-18th. On the day, Kenya would play host to other countries for the General Assembly of the Commonwealth Association of Architects ( CAA).
14th-16th. The AAK Convention. The 2019 Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) Convention would take place in Mombasa, Kenya on the given dates. The venue is the prestigious Sarova Whitesands Beach Hotel.
27th-30th. We have the 2019 edition of the AFROSIA. Also between these days, the Archbuilt Expo would take place in Abuja.
29th. The Benue State Chapter would have its biennial general assembly and also the elections of new excos.
2nd-6th. The month of September starts with the NIA preparatory seminar for the September 2019 examinations.
12th-14th. BUILDEXPO Africa – Tanzania. An expo that features construction and building exhibitions takes place in Dar es Salaam.
23rd-27th. The NIA examinations for PPE, FE I & FE II would hold.
3rd-5th. October rightly begins with the World Architecture Day celebration.
7th. The NIA would hold a strategic committee meeting
8th. The NIA Executive Council Meeting No. 11.
9th. The 3rd Quarterly Dinner
18th-27th. Open Design Afrika. The last time this event was held was in 2016, and 3 years later, it’s back. Taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, the Open Design Afrika would reveal to the world Africa’s contribution to “design-led innovation” in the construction world.
22nd-23rd. The Rivers State Chapter would host West Africa Architecture Festival (WAAF).
The Female Architects of Nigeria (FAN) would hold its Annual General Meeting this month. The date would be made known soon.
The ARCHIBAT, a Building and Architecture fair, also comes up this month in Abidjan. The venue is the Boulevard L’aeroport, and the date would soon be made known.
26th-30th. The 2019 NIA Biennial General Assembly.
27th. The NIA Executive Council Meeting No. 12.
13th. The NIA Secretariat would close for the year.
22nd. The Kano State Chapter would have its M. T Waziri Lecture.
So those are some of the major Architectural events scheduled to hold this year within and outside the country. Every month promises something wonderful.