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SIAF: Emerging Markets In Africa

Three experienced architectural practitioners will share their experiences of embarking on projects, setting up branch offices and consulting on large scale works in Africa.  The architects will focus on regional opportunities and challenges to working on the continent.  The event begins with networking and refreshments.

This Forum aims to encourage a greater awareness of the opportunities and challenges of expanding markets for architectural and planning projects on the African continent.  A brief, informative presentation on the cultural and professional context of working in Africa will be followed by three presentations, during which experts in the field will share their experiences and engage in Q&A with the participants.

Dr. John Onyango
.  Dr. Onyango, associate professor of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame, has designed hotels, hospitals and office towers since 1991. His research encompasses sustainability, floods and heat waves in multiple research projects worldwide, drawing from <$430k in competitive research grants.  A native of Kenya, John is active on multiple design teams in Kenya.

Christopher Bell, AIA, LEED.  Mixed-Use | Master-Planning Design Leader, DLR Group.  Chris is currently splitting his time between Seattle and Nairobi, where he is designing a number of new buildings and communities.

Selas Araya.  Selas spent 6 years in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as Managing Director of Barcelona based Vilalta Architects.  He also consults for Deloitte on major infrastructure projects such as Addis Ababa’s Transit Oriented Development project.  Selas’s other roles involve commercial mixed-use, hospitality, retail, institutional, and multi-family residential projects worldwide.

Kira Jungfleisch, MIPM, Dipl.-Ing. Architect AKS (GER), Int’l. Assoc. AIA.  Kira, a UW graduate, worked as project manager and architect in EMEA for a decade before she started her international consultancy “architekktur.de” in Seattle last year.

Kun Lim, Assoc. AIA.  Moderator, Co-Chair SIAF.  Principal of Kun Lim Studio LLC in Seattle and Kun Lim Architect in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  More info at www.kunlim.com

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Registration encouraged to guarantee LUs. This event is free to attend.

Program Questions?
Contact Connor Descheemaker, Membership & Volunteer Manager at AIA Seattle



May 29, 2019
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Price
Class Credit
2 LU


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