- Renowned architect, Sir David Adjaye, has opened up months after criticisms that his company has been awarded government's iconic projects
- Some local architects have expressed reservations about the manner in which the contracts were awarded to persons or groups
- But Sir Adjaye says the local architects should not worry about him because there are enough projects in Ghana for everyone
UK-based architect, Sir David Adjaye, says local architects have no reason to be threatened by his exploits in the Ghanaian industry.
According to him, there are enough projects in the industry for architects to go for, adding that competition is very healthy.
“I’m not going for everything [every project]. There are tons of work to be done in Ghana… jobs are there for all the architects to go for,” he told 3FM.
“There are hospitals to be built, there are schools to be built, there are roads to be made… and they [local architects] should be going for them.”
Sir Adjaye was responding to complaints by some local architects who feel the government is favouring him when it comes to the awarding of contracts.
In July 2019, the Design Associates Development Consortium wrote to President Akufo-Addo on the matter.
The company held that David Adjaye and Associates, owned by the UK-based architect, is not licensed to operate in Ghana.
They added that Adjaye’s company is neither registered under the Architects Decree, 1968 (NRCD357) nor with the Ghana Institute of Architects.
However, the Parliamentary Service Board (PSB) dismissed the claims, insisting due diligence is done before any contract is awarded.
Sir Adjaye is the man behind the architectural designs for the controversial National Cathedral and the new Chamber for Ghana’s parliament among others.
According to him, he is not in Ghana to hijack every contract, but to offer his services where his expertise is required.
“I understand that there is a sense that I’m somehow hoovering up work. I have no interest in hoovering up any work. I’m interested in doing work where my expertise is of benefit to the nation,” he said.
On claims that his company is not registered to work in Ghana, he said: “Why will I come to Ghana and not be registered? I’m a professional, I work globally professionally. I work with licences in every jurisdiction that I work in the world. Why will I not do that when I came to Ghana?”
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