In Summary

  • Speaking at the launch of BORAQS’ first strategic plan on Monday this week, Ms Aidah Munano, the Principal Secretary in the Department Housing and Urban Development, expressed concern that unregistered people continue to fleece unsuspecting citizens by purporting to offer them conveyance and architectural services.
  • For one to qualify as a registered architect or quantity surveyor, they are expected to sit and pass the BORAQS examinations.

Kenyans will soo be able to tell genuine architects and quantity surveyors from fake ones by asking them  to produce a smart card to be issued by their regulator, the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors (BORAQS).

Speaking at the launch of BORAQS’ first strategic plan on Monday this week, Ms Aidah Munano, the Principal Secretary in the Department Housing and Urban Development, expressed concern that unregistered people continue to fleece unsuspecting citizens by purporting to offer them conveyance and architectural services.

In a speech read by the PS, the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development,  Mr James Macharia, expressed hope that in the near future, payments to, and by, architectural and quantity surveying firms will be effected through the smart cards.

“We will extend the use of the e-card by partnering with other approving authorities and county governments regarding payments for statutory charges and building plan approvals, which will be effected via the card,” Mr Macharia said.

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This development is also good news to industry professionals since the card, developed jointly with the National Bank of Kenya and supported by Visa, will allow architects and quantity surveyors a credit line which they can use to buy goods and services

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