Architects in Anambra state have been charged to embrace emerging opportunities in their professions to expand their career goals.
A varsity don, Arc. Mike Nwafor gave the charge at the 2021 Anambra Architects Conference themed: “Architectural Practice in Nigeria; Challenges and Future Possibilities”, held at the Chikotel Hotel, Awka, the state capital.
He further urged them to venture into estate developments and explore various business models relating to the profession.
He challenged the achitects not to wait for recognitions but force themselves to be recognized through their products and services.
He said, “Architect is created to rule his world. All he needed is to reach out, subdue and conquer his world with innovative ideas and architectural inventions.
“Architects shouldn’t wait for recognitions but force themselves to be recognized through their products and services. Business opportunities abound for architects and all other professionals.
Nwafor however regretted that Nigerian architects were faced with rigorous challenges which militate against their supposed impact in the nation’s economy.
“Some of these challenges include climate change, shortage of qualified personnel, use of local building materials and affordable technology.
“But skills in graphic designing, drone aided projects, effective communication and expertise in real estate can enable an architect expand his career path in the technology driven world,” he added.
Earlier in his welcome remark, state chairman, Nigerian Institute of Architects, Arch. Osita Okafor, said the conference would enlighten young professionals in the field to imbibe techniques of harnessing the potentials of the profession for survival in the COVID-19 induced hardship in the country and world at large.
He said the topics discussed were carefully selected to educate young ones on developmental practices and means for self upgrade with skills to sustain the evolving practices of the modern era.
Chairman of the occasion, Arc. Ven. Chuks Okoli, opined that the conference was an opportunity to address the declining patronage of professionals in the execution of government projects as well as the emerging loopholes in beautification of the environment.
Other speakers at the event included Arc. Sir. Peter Okpala, Includsive and Innovative Solutions to Sustainable Development in Anambra; Arc. Tony Maduabum, Architectural education in post COVID-19 era; Arc. Okey Innocent Ezeobi, Architecture and Entrepreneurship and Arc. Nkemakolam Ume who spoke on ARCON, APCE and APRN.
Architectural students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University who were part of the conference, Miss Precious Okafor and Mr Joshua Akore, described architect as a broad course, thanked the Institute for giving them the opportunity in acquiring more knowledge.
The conference graced by seasoned Architects and students from various institutions in the state featured presentation of prises to the winners of the student design competition where the first to fourth winners smiled home with N100,000, N75,000, N50,000, and N20,000, respectively.