Mugure Njendu, 38

President

Architectural Association of Kenya
My Story,

The home-maker, figuratively

When the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) held its elections earlier this year, Mugure emerged as a clear winner although the membership of the association is 85 percent male.

Although she is better known as the director at Gitutho Architects and Planners, she is also the founder of Little Einsteins East Africa, an organisation that teaches young learners about the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through fun and hands-on activities. It is based at the Science Explorers Lab in Nairobi. Founded in 2015, Little Einsteins also offers training through in-school workshops and holiday camp activities. The programme is now offered in over a dozen schools in Nairobi and has registered more 3,000 children.

As an architect, Mugure has experience in institutional, commercial, residential and mixed-use design as well as master planning and feasibility studies.

The mother of two has been in practice in the built environment in East Africa for over a decade now, straddling between her vocation, leadership and mentoring young architects.

She attended the Kenya High School, and later went to the US for higher education at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, and a Master’s of Architecture degree in Urban Planning from the University of Miami, US.

"...that you can see the product of your ideas, standing in the skyline as a testament to your hard work" is most rewarding part of Mugure's work."

She started her career in the US before returning to Kenya to earn her registration as an accredited architect in Kenya.

And what is the most rewarding aspect of the job?

“Definitely the fact that you can see the product of your ideas, standing in the skyline as a testament to your hard work,” says Mugure.

Mugure believes in giving back to the community and she is a founder and trustee of the Ex-Bomarian Educational Fund, a non-profit formed by the Kenya High School Alumni that sponsors needy students admitted to the school.

–Brian Njoroge