Wilson Mugambi, 38

President

Architectural Association of Kenya
My Story

Wilson is the youngest council member in two international architects associations, which is a testament to how his work in Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) and the built environment is significant.

He sits at the helm of the AAK as its president and he is also the co-founder and managing partner at Artcore Design Build LLP.

“I was always intrigued by buildings, awe-struck by their forms, shape and outlook. My first sketch as a child was of a house,” says the Strathmore School alumnus.

After Form Four, when many took computer courses, Wilson looked for a job in an architectural firm. While still in school, he designed his parents’ home with the assistance of his then boss. He later joined Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology to study architecture.

"I was always intrigued by buildings, awe-struck by their forms, shape and outlook. My first sketch as a child was of a house."

He says the turning point in his career came while working for a development company, Lantana Homes, between 2009 and 2013, where he was exposed to the development side of the building industry.

He would go on to start Artcore in 2020 with Dennis Senga, a firm specialising in architectural design.

“We stand out because we have a good appreciation of what the industry needs as well as deep insights. ”

Drawing from his passion for the built environment, Wilson is mentoring the younger generation.

He points out that this is a form of giving back to a society that brought out the leadership acumen in him, an ability he did not know he possessed.

“I always believe that fortune favours the brave and so a person should be bold and go for whatever they believe in,” he says.

What does success look like to him?

“Success for me is using my position to bring positive impact to the industry in terms of formulation of rules, improving standards for the more than 2,000 members, and pushing the government to formulate laws with mwananchi in mind as opposed to revenue,” he says.

Collins Omulo