Architects in Ghana angry at NPP government for awarding top projects to David Adjaye

Architects in Ghana angry at NPP government for awarding top projects to David Adjaye

- The association of designers and architects have expressed displeasure at the NPP government for awarding all of Ghana's top projects to one individual

- According to a statement addressed to President Akufo-Addo, the architects says even when they have bidded along side this 'government preferred' architect and won on merit, a decision is taken to give the project to this individual

- The architects further noted that, Sir David Adjaye is not licensed or registered to practice in Ghana

A Ghanaian architect, Dr. Ekow Sam, has petitioned President Akufo-Addo to look into the trend of awarding government projects to one particular architect.

In a letter, the coordinator of Design Associates Development Consortium said he has observed a trend where almost all government projects are awarded to David Adjaye and Associates.

He listed 12 government projects which have been awarded to David Adjaye and Associates, since the New Patriotic Party (NPP) assumed office.

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Your Excellency, I am inclined to believe that you may not be aware of all these matters hence the need to bring them to your attention,” Dr. Sam said.

Our concerns are premised on the total and absolute disregard and non-adherence to principles of transparency, fairness, equity and the laws governing the procurement of professing services by statutory companies and bodies.

According to him, David Adjaye and Associates, owned by UK-based architect, David Adjaye, is not licensed to operate in Ghana.

He explained that the company is neither registered under the Architects Decree, 1968 (NRCD357) nor with the Ghana Institute of Architects.

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Dr. Sam, therefore, wants Akufo-Addo to step in, adding that it is bizarre for one company to be awarded all government contracts.

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