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Lagos architects elect chapter executives

Newly elected executives of the Nigerian Institute of Architects, NIA, Lagos chapter during their inauguration last Thursday

Dotun Akintomide:

Arc. Fitzgerald Umah, has been elected the Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Architects, Lagos State. The event which took place at Kongi Hall inside Freedom Park, Lagos Island witnessed the election and inauguration of the new executives of the chapter.

The newly elected executive council members of the Chapter include Arc. Fitzgerald Umah, Chairman; Adebayo Ogunmefun, Vice Chairman; Samson Akinyosoye, General Secretary; Bolanle Monica Olukareh, Treasurer; Abiodun Fatuyi, Public Relations Officer; and Adebowale Adekunle Fafore, as Social Welfare Officer.

The new Lagos Chapter Chairman, Arc. Fitzgerald Umah who spoke with Nigerian NewsDirect at the event said: “I am grateful for the trust reposed in us by members to lead the Chapter for the next two years and we would try our best to take the Chapter to a new height.”

Speaking earlier, the immediate past Chairman, NIA, Arc Ladipo Lewis, applauded the governor of Lagos State for undergoing massive infrastructural development of the state despite harsh economic challenges.

He said, “Ambode has promised an enabling environment in the city of Lagos that will foster landmark urban infrastructure developments all over the city and the State Chapter and its members is poised to partner the State government in achieving this laudable goal.

“It is critical we continue to take up the issues of foreign incursion, proliferation of quacks and planning of regulations.”  ”We should also embrace the best professional practice in planning approval process and delays, fees and conditions of engagement, architecture construction, practice documents and agreement.” Lewis stated.

Meanwhile, the chapter in a communique issued at the end of its 8th Lagos Architects’ Forum entitled “Lagos 7.0, The Evolving Architecture” informed professionals in the building industry and the general public on the new Building Information Modeling (BIM), an intelligent 3D model-based process that equips architecture, engineering, and construction professionals with the insight and tools to plan, design, construct and manage buildings and infrastructure projects more efficiently.

The communique further states that, the adoption of BIM, a new cutting edge technology in architecturE design could result in 20% reduction in building cost as well as facilitate effective coordination of production information among project Sand production teams.

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