A ZAMBIAN, renowned for some landmark architectural works both in Zambia and South Africa has emerged 2016 second best architect in South Africa after being conferred with the honour by the South African Professional Services Awards (SAPSA) last week.

Mr. Kelly Kalumba, who has been practicing in South Africa, was selected second best from among two other finalists for the Professional of the year in the ‘Architecture Class of the Built Environment’ category at an awards presentation ceremony held at Monte Casino in Johannesburg on 3rd November, 2016. Mr. Kalumba reached the last three from more than 2, 500 nominees selected in March this year when the competition started.

The finalists, including Mr. Kalumba, where each presented with a framed and duly signed certificate and a custom made trophy.

The 46 year old has, since 2003, been Senior Partner at Louis Karol Architects in charge of the Johannesburg office taking care of projects on the continent, including the re-development of Society House on Lusaka’s Cairo road.

SAPSA seeks to recognise individuals and organisations that have excelled within the South African Professional Services Industry. 

The process undertaken to identify nominees, finalists and eventual winners started in March, 2016 with a call for nominees for the various individual and organisation awards directly to professional service firms as well as to the South African business community.

Awarding of companies was based on business growth, customer service, technical excellence, contribution to the community, contribution to the profession, transformation record and commitment to ethics and professionalism. 

The criteria for individual awards, to which Mr. Kalumba was subjected, included demonstration of management and leadership qualities, success of the units headed, innovation within the bounds of available resources, mentorship record, passion and drive, personal values, notable career achievements, concrete future objectives, embracing lessons from challenges, breaking of new ground, taking of risks and changing paradigms, standing out among peers and making a difference. 

The judges found Mr. Kalumba to be an individual who epitomised the two aspects needed to be a good professional services leader namely good technical skills as demonstrated by his exploits in architecture and good management skills as proven by his taking charge of a new Johannesburg office for Louis Karol Architects.  

Mr. Kalumba has been a project architect for well-known structures such as the V and A Waterfront Shopping Mall in Cape Town; the 2010 World Cup Stadium in Cape Town; Liberty Life Regional Headquarters (Office and Hotel) in Umhlanga, Durban; Gautrain train stations (Midrand, Centurion and Pretoria), and Nkwashi Mixed Youth Development on Leopards Hill road in Lusaka where10, 000 houses, a university, international boarding school, retail and office park are being constructed.

Others include Essex College in the United Kingdom; Crown Street up-market residential apartments in Glasgow, Scotland; extension to the Birmingham International Airport (with bussing facility); Seacon up-market residential apartments on the River Thames in London; Eco Towers (office development) in Accra, Ghana; Intercontinental Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport; The Zone Shopping Mall in Rosebank, South Africa; Jabi Lake Mixed Youth Development (offices and hotel with residential complex) in Abuja, Nigeria, and Onomo Hotel in Free Town, Sierra Leone.

Mr. Kelly Kalumba shows off his certificate after he was nominated as one of the finalists for the Professional of the Year in the ‘Architecture Class of the Built Environment’ category
Mr. Kelly Kalumba shows off his certificate after he was nominated as one of the finalists for the Professional of the Year in the ‘Architecture Class of the Built Environment’ category
The finalists' certificate for the Professional of the Year in the ‘Architecture Class of the Built Environment’ category presented to Mr. Kelly Kalumba by the South African Professional Services Awards
The finalists’ certificate for the Professional of the Year in the ‘Architecture Class of the Built Environment’ category presented to Mr. Kelly Kalumba by the South African Professional Services Awards
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34 COMMENTS

    • I know that we are good in all professions. Our only weakness is we allow id!ots to run our political governance.

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    • Good for Zambia and your family in particular. Congrats. Stay where you are though and don’t accept any political appointment from ZAMBIA or you will be finished like our Mvunga.

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    • Because ourselves we can’t govern properly, too much money, too much quarreling, too much pompous. But its true we are geniuses.

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    • @zedoc how can your child follow in Kalumba’s footsteps when you are in ZEDOC and the Architect is in South Africa! Have you ever heard of an Architect practicing in Zambia winning such an award! Even ACCA- only ba mwisa are excelling!

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  1. Zambian professionals do well in our individual careers when transplanted to the right conditions. Wherever in the world a Zambian professional is they are top of their game. What we lack is the ability to self organise and turn our country into the right conditions.

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  2. What is of note about Zambian professionals is that we have the skill but no professional opportunity back home. This is different from a lot of environments where skill is compromised for expediency (if you look closely at SA pass rates you will know what I am talking about). So the Kalumbas, the Dambisas, the Mwendas and many more making a mark in the world outside their native Zambia is testament of how little we need to do to get things right right back at home! Congratulations again, Kelly!

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  3. Kalok: Very true. I have just discovered in my own opinion that Zambian professionals have stopped thinking like professionals. We think for politicians and at the end the day we loose focus of our professional duty in this country. Instead of professionals thinking on how best they can contribute to the development of this country, we are busy thinking of how politicians should think to make good policies. We are wasting time. Those awards were planned, adjudicated and delivered by a professional body. Here we wait for a politician to grace every award ceremony. I can tell you that maybe not even the South African Minister of Infrastructure Development (Building works fall under this ministry on RSA) was aware of those awards let alone the date the awards were being given. It was purely…

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  4. When Lungu and his felow drunks call you, tell them u are busy. They will come and finish u like a Zombie like they did to Chirwa. Congrats my man

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  5. Congratulations Kalumba! Flying the flag for mother Zambia. I bet he’d have won if he was from South Africa.
    Well done to you.
    On a side note why do some people have to politicize everything? Can’t we just celebrate someone’s achievement without resorting to political parties? People let’s focus on being positive and moving forward. It gets tiresome. Not everyone comes here to make political statements.

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    • It’s impossible to avoid making political statements when the situation demands so. How do you keep quiet when the country is headed by a heavy drinker and dishonest president whose govt is managed like a criminal Mafia organisation? Do you just look the other way when the ministers are shredding the economy to pieces? If you are able to relax amid such chaos you aren’t a true Zambian.

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  6. Well done, great stuff ! All the shod structures especially next to the rail near inter city and around Kampala shopping area should be demolished and Mr Kalumba should redesign the new modern world class city buildings. All owners of all those buildings must not only demolish those structures but be made to pay for bringing the city int questionable city status

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  7. Yes,but you’re on the wrong platform to be making political statements.
    This is about an individual Zambian doing well. Let’s not turn this into politics.

    If you want to discuss politics why don’t you do an intelligent thing like start petition of the things you’re unhappy about.
    Otherwise like an empty can you will just making noise for those of us who are not interested in hearing your noise.

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  8. Congrats Kelly! We were intake mates at Hillcrest Senior Technical Secondary School many years ago, and contemporaries at The Copperbelt University (CBU) later on. Bravo once again!!!

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  9. Congratulations Kelly,
    This is so inspiring and motivating.
    One up for Zambia!!!, we celebrate with you on this milestone.
    God bless,
    Adon Mbewe.

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  10. CONGRATULATIONS MR. KAYUMBA. YOU HAVE ZAMBIA PROUD. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU. WHAT NOW SURPRISES ME IS WHY CERTAIN COMMENTS SHOULD TAKE A POLITICAL AND TRIBAL STANCE!

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  11. Congratulations Mr. Kalumba. Sir keep it up. And Motivate our young Zambians to be determined and achieve such awards. Congrates Sir.

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