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About AEA

The Association of Ethiopian Architects (AEA) was formed on 1991 to promote and advance the profession of architecture in Ethiopia. The mission statement of Association of Ethiopian Architects (AEA) is to develop, promote and sustain the practice and practitioners of architecture. The vision of AEA is to enhance the built environments in all parts of the country through design excellence to protect the health, safety and welfare of society. The executive committee is guided by the following principles in carrying out their duties: Environmental stewardship, Member focus, Ethics and Integrity, Community Involvement, Making design accessible for the under privileged.

Background of AEA

In light of this role of architects, entrusted by the society it is serving, the Association of Ethiopian Architects (AEA) recognized the needs of improvement in competencies of professional practice and the need to prepare for the ever changing complexity of the industry. The AEA believed it is high time to engage in the capacity building of its members, which is among the elements of broad spectrum strategies it has set to work on. It is now a global phenomenon in the building industry to provide lifelong professional continuing education program to architects in practice aiming to advance the profession through mastering new knowledge and skills. Towards implementing such scheme of continuous capacity building, AEA is working to collaborate with local & international established higher institutions, the industry and public offices in developing the system itself, which is new in its nature for nation, and in recruiting continuing education providers.

Message from Executive Team:

Architecture, in relative terms, is said to be a permanent form of expression of thought and value of a society holding a lot more beyond the vocabulary it can manifest emanating from contexts. The built environment, more particularly the practice of architecture is strongly influenced by the dynamic situation of economy, culture, politics and advancement of technology to say the least, resulting in continuous changes of needs.
Architects are playing their pioneering role within this context, as one of the professionals engaged in the realm of shaping and reshaping the built environment. The responsibility of responding to the changing needs of the society and in certain circumstances positively dictating the development of the built environment within the stated influences is shared among various actors at a varying degree. Significant share of this burden and challenge of fulfilling the immediate needs of the society, required by particular projects, along with due consideration for future circumstances goes to the architect. However, in order to fulfill this responsibility of attaining best quality results, a well versed orchestration of acts of all players involved in the built environment development is as crucial as individual competencies required from each and every discipline.
The current trend and near future tendency of the Ethiopian building industry and development of the built environment in general in many terms is at its high time offering enormous potentials but also facing considerable challenges as well. These challenges of the industry can only be addressed through continuous improvement of collaborative working environment of all actors and maintaining and upgrading of competency.
In line with this, the Association of Ethiopian Architects (AEA) is creating and will continue creating various platforms of dialogue among its members, concerned law makers and implementing agents to identify and prioritize challenges hindering the efforts of rendering good quality service to the society. The outcome of these dialogues is intended to recommend solutions to the challenges towards creating better working environment to the practice of architecture, which eventually will enable architects to render their service at its best and ultimately to create better and improved habitat to the society.
The AEA executive team calls and counts on active participation of its members in the upcoming series of Panel Discussions, Trainings, Exhibitions, Competitions and various other programs intended to be provided at intervals between September 2016 and August 2017, celebrating AEA’s 25th year anniversary. //

Who we are

The building industry plays a vital role in shaping the Built Environment, which involves several crosscutting issues including but not limited to; design, construction, economics, law & public policy, health, environmental sustainability, technology, culture and obviously many more. In the making of such an essential realm of a society, it is not difficult to imagine the enormity of responsibility laid upon all actors of the industry towards creating a balanced and conducive manmade environment, which is responsive to the well-being of communities sustainably. None of the actors & issues can act and stand in isolation claiming to achieve the ever growing demand of improved built environment. Synergetic effort is thus mandatory and inevitable. Systems of collaboration and delivery of projects are in place and in continuous improvement. Moreover, each actor of the industry also are expected to deliver its function properly in order to attain the required improved built environment.
The architects’ role and responsibility in the building industry towards delivering sustainable built environment stretching from the inception to realization is crucially indispensible. If architects are to play their crucial role in fulfilling their social and professional responsibility, it is essential to maintain, improve and advance competency in all

What we do

The Association of Ethiopian Architects AEA carries out the following activities:

  • SUSTAINABILITY INTITATIVES

    Mobilize task force to study and report on sustainable architecture in the context of Ethiopia to:
    - Complement Green Economy Plan of the country
    - Identify alternative education resources and delivery methods

  • ADVOCACY

    Taking proactive positions to identify priorities and issues of concern such as professional fee standards, licensing architecs, architects education, and building permit procedures.

  • MEMBERSHIP ENGAGEMENT

    Develop benets and service of value to practitioners and practices:
    - Collective legal assistance HR services
    - Respond to members frequent questions by the association by-law
    - Recruitment to increase AEA members
    - Continuinf education
    - Scholarships and Awards
    - Annual convention exhibition
    - Connect members through social media

  • PUBLIC  PROFESSIONAL AWARENES

    Create a way for developing and delivering consistent messages from AEA to the public and members through website, social media and AEA journals.

Mission

The mission statement of Association of Ethiopian Architects AEA is to develop, promote and sustain the practice and practitioners of architecture.

  • SUSTAINABILITY INTITATIVES

    Mobilize task force to study and report on sustainable architecture in the context of Ethiopia to:
    - Complement Green Economy Plan of the country
    - Identify alternative education resources and delivery methods

  • ADVOCACY

    Taking proactive positions to identify priorities and issues of concern such as professional fee standards, licensing architecs, architects education, and building permit procedures.

  • MEMBERSHIP ENGAGEMENT

    Develop benets and service of value to practitioners and practices:
    - Collective legal assistance HR services
    - Respond to members frequent questions by the association by-law
    - Recruitment to increase AEA members
    - Continuinf education
    - Scholarships and Awards
    - Annual convention exhibition
    - Connect members through social media

  • PUBLIC  PROFESSIONAL AWARENES

    Create a way for developing and delivering consistent messages from AEA to the public and members through website, social media and AEA journals.

Services

One of its key areas of interest is the promotion of architectural design competitions for the selection of designs that have an urban, cultural, social and economic signicance in the country. Ever since , the AEA had fruitfully collaborated with various institutions in conducting architectural design competitions for their headquarters building. This is conducted through an internationally recognized competition by law that was adapted to the Ethiopian context from the experiences of the United Nations Economic Scientic and Cultural Organization UNESCO and the International Union of Architects UIA, of which the AEA is a member. The AEA has a diverse set of collaborators with whom it has successfully conducted architectural design competitions. They range from government agencies to private nancial institutions to higher schools of learning. They include the following:

1.The architectural and landscape design competition for the Repi park
2. The Ethiopian Insurance Corporation headquarters building
3. The AAU Forum building and student dormitories building
4. The House of Federation HOF and the House of Peoples Representatives HOPR Parliament building of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
5. The National Stadium of the Federal Ministry of Sports
6. The United International Bank headquarters building
7. The Oromia International Bank headquarters building
8. The headquarters building for the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce Secretarial Associations AACCSA
9. The Jimma University headquarters building
10. The National theater extension building

Executive team

The AEA executive team calls and counts on active participation of its members in the upcoming series of Panel Discussions, Trainings, Exhibitions, Competitions and various other programs intended to be provided at intervals between September 2016 and August 2017, celebrating AEA’s 25th year anniversary.