About Us

Below find the Lead Architect’s CV and supporting documents.

CURRICULUM VITAE

Surname: GICHUHI

First Name: FRANCIS KAMAU

Date of birth: 23rd July, 1975

Contact Address: P.O. BOX 224 –00208–,Ngong Hills

Tel.: +254 721410684

E-Mail: info@a4architect.com prismafrica@yahoo.com
EDUCATION
• Bachelor of Architecture Degree, University of Nairobi 1995 to 2001
• Lenana School Nairobi, 1990 to 1993
HONOURS AND AWARDS

Awarded certificate of Leadership Achievement in University of Nairobi,[2000]
Member, Architectural Association of Kenya[since 2004]
Registered Architect-Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors of Kenya-[since 2005]

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES
Space needs analysis; schematic design, design development; construction documentation; local authority and council plan approvals; Preparation of tender documents; tender analysis and advice to client on selection; tender award and supervision of contract; organizing site meetings and inspections; preparation of payment and completion certificates; advice to client on building maintenance after completion;

RESEARCH

Writer on scholarly articles regarding construction industry on www.a4architect.com/feed

COMPUTER SKILLS
Proficient in the main MS office packages [MS Word, Powerpoint, Exel, Access]
Design software [ArchiCAD, Artlantis, Corel, PageMaker, and Photoshop
Web Design software [Dream weaver, MS Frontpage]
Project Management software [MS projects]
Internet, networking and basic trouble shooting.

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  30 comments for “About Us

  1. frank
    August 12, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Feel free to call us any time on +254721410684. Email: info@a4architect.com

    • frank
      August 12, 2011 at 9:52 am

      +25421410684

  2. mary mumira
    August 16, 2011 at 8:05 am

    is it possible to get a 3 bedroom low cost prefabricated house from your firm and what are the cost range i am very interested i have a piece of land i am financially strained from paying rent

  3. September 16, 2011 at 1:50 am

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  4. Albert Kamau
    November 2, 2011 at 11:56 am

    This is very encouraging idea. I will get in touch.

    • November 3, 2011 at 4:38 am

      Thanks Kamau.

  5. naomi
    November 3, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    hi frank. .. these interlocking bricks do they need filling to keep them together or is it as long as they interlock? also i would like to know how much it would take to redo a bathroom just to have the essential instant hotwater shower, wall and floor finishings on a very tight budget.

    • November 4, 2011 at 3:52 am

      Hi Naomi..

      Interlocking bricks dont need any joining mortar. They interlock through a tongue and groove design.
      For hot water shower prices, check here[scroll to the bottom]
      http://www.a4architect.com/2011/10/12/a4architect-com-construction-material-price-index/
      For wall and floor finishes, visit Kijabe street-there are numerous ceramic tile shops there.
      With this info, you will be in a position to determine your budget since all these products have a wide range of pricing.

  6. November 5, 2011 at 11:05 am

    hi frank, do you have any latge projects involving prefabricated housing on the drawing board? am intersested.

  7. November 9, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Hi,Franc my name is paul i work with these company ideal interiors East africa and we publish a magazine called ideal interiors east africa ,i dont know if you have seen it or got a copy of it ,well if not then let me know how i can drop a copy for you as we talk ,thanks in advance .0732 74 52 75.

  8. george
    November 22, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    A great article indeed. Very interested in interlocking bricks technology. Is it acceptable by the kenya government regulation. Is it also firm enough to raise a house one floor up. Where can one buy the manual brick making machine and be trained in how to use it in Nairobi

    • November 23, 2011 at 5:31 am

      Hi George. You can contact Makiga Engineering

  9. Anne
    November 24, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Good job and good advices from ur article. My question is can steel for roofing instead of timber on versatile mabatis. Which is cheaper timber or steel.

  10. Anne
    November 24, 2011 at 6:23 am

    Good job and good advices from ur article. My question is can steel be used for roofing instead of timber on versatile mabatis. Which is cheaper timber or steel.

    • November 24, 2011 at 6:25 am

      Thanks anne. Steel is increasingly being used for trusses instead of roofing. The cost savings depend on the span , shape and pitch of the roof.

  11. Anne
    November 24, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Thanks Frank. A residential house using the hip style of roofing with versatile mabatis can it work.

    • November 24, 2011 at 10:24 am

      yes it can. You will need to consult a structural engineer to design the trusses for you

  12. DAN
    November 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Hi Frank
    Thankyou for your articles they are so helpful,
    Im a trained interior designer with 7 years experience, im running a small firm “INTERIOR CONSULT. I studied for a diploma in interior design at BIFA- Buruburu institute of fine Arts -3yrs Regular Fulltime.

    Wanted to find from you whether there is any recognized body that registers Interior designers in Kenya or Any registered Architects who can agree to form a consortium with my Company.
    Im considering doing this to improve my cv and esp the requirements for tendering and coperate jobs.

    Kindly Advice.

  13. December 2, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Good article. it has the best kind of information on construction materials.

  14. munyi
    December 2, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Hello Frank,
    I have a 1.5 acre piece of land next to Syokimau a place called Katani. It is approximately 8 kilometres from Mombasa rd going through Syokimau.
    i would like to develop this land, have some houses built within a gated community( im thinking about 15 units of 3 bedroom maissonettes- probably Buruburu style), something tastefull..cabro paved, swimming pool, the works!
    From your experience, is this viable? Would the ROI make sense?
    I dont have the money but the property has a title that could be used as chattel.

  15. naomi
    December 7, 2011 at 7:38 am

    hi frank. mazeras is suitable for which floor finishings?

    • December 7, 2011 at 8:37 am

      mazeras is suitable for residential or recreational facility floor finishes.

  16. January 13, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    So, when do you think you can start constructing the houses using your company “Fundis”(Labour)
    Do you also think Kenyans who own land and are somehow unable to raise buildings could easily get your help for financing and completing the house?
    Which are your contact banks?
    Also do you have typical building plans (Profiles) that you encourage people to adopt depending on location and space or taste for that matter

  17. February 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Hello Everyone
    I am so happy to receive your mail and have visited your
    site.I am impressed with your professional skill.
    I think everyone dealing with you can get the best
    advice and price and can be a beneificiary.
    Thanks
    Waqar Azim

  18. mwake
    April 16, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Hallo Francis, I have like what you have done on this site. I would like to put up two storey I bedroomed but I am stuck at the slab. What materials do you recommend to enable me complete or what advice do you have?

  19. Juliana Maiyo
    February 22, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Hi Frank do you sell houses ?I am looking for a 4-5 bedrommed mansinate KES 7M

    • April 5, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      Hi Juliana, yes i do. Get in touch 0721410684. Better still, we can help you get land,design and construct the maisonette within 4 to 5 months. This option saves you lots of money.

  20. Elizabeth Rugoiyo
    April 8, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    What is the current land value (estimates) – one acre in Ngong about 500 m from the tarmac? I would like to invest in rental houses/apartments and I am trying to see if investing in Ngong is a good option.

    • April 9, 2014 at 8:37 am

      assuming a 1/8th is kes 2.5m, then an acre will be 20m. A licenced land valuer would be best placed to give a better valuation.

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