Architect behind Nairobi’s Iconic Buru Buru Estate Dies

Architect Timothy Vaulkhard also designed Nairobi National Museum, KPCU Building and Norfolk Towers


Veteran Architect Timothy G. Vaulkhard, retired director at Triad Architects, died Friday 8th February 2018.

Born and raised in England, Tim first came to Kenya in 1969 courtesy of Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) upon completion of his architectural training at the University of Nottingham.

His first job was at the Ministry of Works in Kisumu; he later came to Nairobi and was recruited by Braz Menezes becoming part of the team planning the iconic Buruburu Estate in Nairobi’s Eastlands.

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Buru Buru Estate

Upon completion of the contract, Tim decided to travel overland across Asia to England to advance his career. In the 1970s England was not an attractive place to pursue architecture and Kenya held happy memories for him. He received a job offer from Triad Archiects and it took little to convince him to accept it.

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In 1975, he championed the formation of new Triad together with the late David Bristow and Daniel Mutiso. They became the partners in the new practice, kicking off with commissions to design the KPCU building and the Norfolk towers in Nairobi.

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Garba Tula School

In his career spanning nearly 50 years, Tim also designed Garba Tula School, recognized as the best educational buildings since independence, Isiolo Hospital, Nairobi Business Park at the Race Course,, the Nairobi National Museum, the ICRAF head quarters, the Moi University library, and the recently completed Cathedral in Kericho, winner of several international awards.

Over the past four and half decades, Tim lived on his farm in Limuru, Kiambu County.