RMJM Architecture in Africa

RMJM’s first steps in the African continent were in Nigeria in the early 1960s when the firm was commissioned by the Nigerian Government to develop standards for schools and later for Universities across the country. The project resulted in the construction of over 100 schools in Nigeria, with founding father Robert Matthew maintaining an office in Lagos throughout the Nigerian civil war.

More than 50 years later RMJM were once again working in Nigeria, this time for an International Development Firm investing in the country.

Despite RMJM’s long history across sub-Saharan Africa, it was not until 2014 that the first RMJM office was established. RMJM South Africa was established with a focus on supporting international developers seeking to invest in the region.

In early 2015 RMJM’s presence in Africa was further strengthened through the formation of RMJM Symbion. This investment would lead to a stronger RMJM presence in sub-Saharan Africa. Today RMJM Symbion is headquartered in Nairobi in Kenya, with further offices in Mombasa (Kenya), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Kampala (Uganda), Gaborone (Botswana).

Continuing to Redefine Architecture

We have assembled a family of Architects worthy of the RMJM heritage. We are characterised by our passion to design buildings which enhance the quality of all aspects of your life. We have no ego. Our designs define us.

International Design Delivered Locally

We have been International Architects for fifty years. We think globally but we are not visitors. We live where you live, speak your language and share your values. We are where you need us to be.

Our Strength is Our Partnership

The RMJM family is spread across five continents. We work for and with each other. We work for and with our partners and clients. Our success is founded on a mutually dependent culture which inspires visionary design.


Jagdish N. Rai

During his twenty years working with Symbion, Jagdish Rai has been involved in both design and post contract services of various medium and large projects. Jagdish has been practicing architecture for over 37 years and is currently a member of the Architectural Association of Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana. Jagdish currently manages the RMJM Symbion studio in Botswana.


Arthur Oyugi

Arthur Oyugi has over 11 years of experience with RMJM Symbion in Africa. He is a member of the Architectural Association of Kenya and has worked on numerous high profile projects across the region.


Mike Lord

With over 37 years’ experience in the field of architecture and unique expertise in academic, medical and healthcare projects, Michael Lord has worked on tourism, residential, commercial and industrial projects in several East African countries. As the Group Managing Director of RMJM Symbion, Michael brings this inimitable experience in Dublin, Eastern and Southern Africa to every project in which the studio is involved.


Mutua Mutuku

Mutua Mutuku utilises his 17 years of post-qualification experience in every project he is involved with. Gaining an invaluable understanding of the design process during his eight years working with Symbion, Mutua is now a Director for the RMJM Symbion studio of Botswana.


Oscar O. Ogunde

With over 20 years’ experience in architecture, Oscar Ogunde has managed projects ranging from commercial, leisure and institutional developments. Since joining Symbion in 1993, Oscar has brought his unique construction-friendly perspective to every project he is a part of. Oscar holds a Project Management Professional Qualification and currently works as the Managing Director for the RMJM Symbion Kenya studio.


Titus Kipsang

Titus Kipsang has over 15 years’ experience in both the design and management of projects. Titus currently works as Executive Director managing RMJM's Mombasa office in Kenya. In this role, he has successfully handled a variety of projects in the hospitality, commercial and residential sectors.


Pius Muli

With over 15 years’ experience in architectural design and management, Pius Muli has an inherent understanding of the intricacies of design and construction. His experience in office, commercial, residential and leisure projects has allowed him to successfully manage projects in Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda. He is currently the Managing Director of RMJM Uganda.


Kagiso Seloilwe

As a Director at RMJM Symbion, Kagiso Seloilwe specialises in selecting initial concepts produced by the studio's innovative team of architects. His duties include regular liaisons with clients during the preliminary design stages, offering client advice regarding contractors/sub-contractors/specialists/suppliers, approval of architects instructions and financial control of projects during construction. Kagiso's extensive knowledge has been developed through six years working on large-scale projects throughout the African continent.


Subira Mchumo

Subira Mchumo is a seasoned Architect with over 12 years post registration experience. Subira attained her Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Architecture in 1995 and RIBA Part II qualification after completing her post graduate studies in 1997. She joined Symbion International Tanzania as a Graduate Architect, going on to become principal architect at the firm. Her dedicated work ethic and detailed understanding of local markets allowed Symbion International to develop into a renowned architectural design practice.


Abdulnassir Abdulrahman Mohamed

Abdulnassir is RMJM East Africa director in Mombasa. His unique understanding of Architecture & Interior Design, Project Planning, Site Supervision skills and Contract Administration, have allowed Abdulnassir to come up with client-tailored solutions of the highest quality.


Laila Ali

Laila’s 11 years of experience in the industry have seen her build a remarkable portfolio of projects in a number of sectors, including education, residential, leisure, hotels, religious, industrial and commercial. In her role as RMJM East Africa Director in Mombasa, Laila has proven skills in interior design, project planning, site supervision and contract administration.


RMJM Africa | Studios

RMJM Symbion

RMJM Symbion is a highly experienced design team with comprehensive practice in sustainable, innovative design and a distinct knowledge of local markets. Located across the sub-Saharan African continent, RMJM Symbion maintains studios in Tanzania, Kenya, South Sudan, Uganda and Botswana. RMJM Symbion focuses on ecologically sound, original design and consistent client satisfaction through regular communication. The Studios use their considerable local knowledge and comprehensive experience to deliver innovative client-focused developments.

Designs such as the Hill Towers complex in Uganda’s capital Kampala City highlight the firm’s creative potential, while the Sheheena Apartments of Kenya’s second largest city Mombasa showcase the firm’s pioneering residential designs. Working under the RMJM title, RMJM Symbion is capable of procuring large-scale projects in a range of sectors; allowing the firm to further develop the portfolio across the African continent.

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