Who we are
The Association of Nigerian Chartered Architects (ANCA) is a professional body representing chartered members in practice in its home country, Nigeria.
The operations of The Association of Nigerian Chartered Architects is a support to, and in line with the wider objectives of the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) who have the sole power to regulate, register and control the practice of Architecture in Nigeria.
The Association is also aware of the best practices worldwide where professional regulation and registration resides with the government of a country through an Agency. The Association has absolute confidence in ARCON regulating the profession in Nigeria and shall not engage in a parallel process.
The Association of Nigerian Chartered Architects (ANCA) is a not for-profit and non-political professional association registered by Trusteeship under the Companies and Allied Matters Act Cap C20, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN), 2004 with Certificate of Registration number: CAC/IT/No. 99136 dated 1st August 2017. ANCA is also recognised by the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria as a Professional Association in the fields of architecture via ARCON’s letter ref. No: ARCON/128/Vol. 1/10 of 5th September, 2017.
The Association intends to further the advancement of architecture and its
practice in Nigeria.
Our Aims & Objectives
The aims and objectives of the Associations are:
1. To provide a platform for Chartered Architects to interact among themselves professionally.
2. To promote moral, ethical and professional discipline and conduct among registered architects.
3. To enhance professional development amongst chartered architects.
4. To foster friendship amongst its members, to cater for their welfare, and to establish mutual support and co-operation amongst them.
5. To support the development of indigenous Nigerian architecture.
6. To promote interaction of Nigerian chartered architects with their counterparts in the rest of the world, and to strengthen the bonds of friendship as well as intellectual, cultural, artistic, educational and scientific ties between the architects of all nations, schools and philosophies.
7. To promote cooperation and contact between national and international associations of architects and other professions whose aims and objectives are compatible with those of the Association.
8. To represent the profession at national and international levels and where appropriate, to formulate official statements for the consideration of Governments at various levels as well as international organizations and other relevant institutions as they affect the profession of architecture.
9. To develop and maintain public confidence in the ability and integrity of architects by demanding from members of the Association, the highest moral and professional standards; to protect public interest by the promotion of and enforcement of the Association’s code of professional conduct, ethics and practice by all its members practicing in Nigeria.
10. To actively promote and protect Nigeria’s interests and aspirations in all physical development efforts which have an impact on the economic, sociological and environmental concerns of the nation.
11. To support and strengthen the role of the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria as the sole regulatory authority for all architects practicing in Nigeria and to continue to assist in providing and monitoring the level of practical training and experience required for the practice of the profession in Nigeria.
12. To encourage the training of Nigerian architects, architectural technologists and technicians and to give all possible support and cooperation to higher institutions of learning in various facets of the academic and practical training of students as may be necessary.
13. To promote and encourage the development of architectural education and research in all its ramifications, and facilitate international exchange of architects, teachers, researchers and students.
14. To continuously educate the public about the dynamic role and functions of the Architect in the built environment society in general and to ensure that the social and cultural interests of Architects and other allied professions are recognized by public opinion and by official and semiofficial bodies and other organizations.
15. To encourage cooperation of architects with other disciplines, professions and interests involved in the built environment in highly technical fields and to stress the value of the work of the architect.
16. To promote and encourage the establishment of a conducive environment for the practice of the profession of architecture, including the upholding of the Association’s code of professional conduct, ethics and practice, standards of academic and professional training and the status of architects in the society.
17. To protect the overall Nigerian national interest by ensuring the rights of indigenous practice to equitable proportion of government projects; to consistently promote and encourage optimum and effective utilization of indigenous manpower in architecture in Nigeria in the public and private sectors of the economy; to protect registered indigenous architectural practices against unfair foreign competition an unethical practice; to promote Nigerian architectural expertise in other countries.
18. To act as the official negotiation body for the profession in matters of common interest of members or concern to the profession as a whole, and to promote the observance of a mandatory scale of fees for
architects practicing in Nigeria as enacted or shall be enacted by the regulatory body, ARCON.
19. To encourage active participation of architectural students in relevant activities of the Association and the respective architectural students’ organizations in Nigerian institutions of higher learning.
20. To encourage and foster active involvement of architects in midcareer courses and professional exchanges as a valuable means of continuing professional development.
21. To make all possible efforts to be actively involved in various decision making levels of society at governmental and non-governmental circles and to encourage to make maximum contribution of their creative skills in the widest possible range of human activities for the
benefit of the society.
22. To promote public awareness of the role and scope of services of the profession by publications, lectures, exhibitions including the specialized forum of building materials and construction technology and any other public enlightenment programs considered appropriate by the Association.
23. To organize and administer a benevolent fund for assisting its member in need, and in promoting the study of architecture and charitable causes.
24. To initiate, organize, promote and enter into any such enterprise as may be deemed beneficial to the Association.
25. To carry out any activity consistent with the above aims and objectives.
ANCA was conceived by two very senior members of the profession who over the years have worked at the top levels of the regulatory body and the professional association. They had watched the steady decline in the administration of the professional association and the frustration the membership had been subjected to. They had made genuine and concerted efforts to influence changes within the professional association nut those who held the reins of power were already impervious. At the same there was already discontent and dissatisfaction in the body of membership. There were obvious calls for an alternative.
In that gloomy mood the profession faced the two had a chance meeting during the Archibuilt Exhibition in 2016. They struck a chord and after extensive discussions and consultations with other very senior members of the profession, which took almost one year, Association of Nigerian Chartered Architects was born.
The two knew that the road of creating a second professional association had would be novel in this environment, though common elsewhere. They were aware of the huge task of breaking down the psychological barrier of a people who are used to one association and due to a long history of military regime in the country, were not too comfortable with alternative institutions.
That was why at the first official meeting with all stakeholders in the novel project, the leader of the founding team, Arc. Justus O. Okah-Avae, tagged his speech, “The Road Not Travelled”. Drawing inspiration from ”The Road Not Taken” by the great American poet, Robert Frost, published in 1916, he said it offers us, as architects, an opportunity to speculate about what might have been, had we made different choices.
Therefore, the task of this new road before us is enormous. We have the task of clearing the bush, paving it and making it the expressway that will be most travelled. A lot of this would be breaking psychological barriers, he had said then
“In doing this we must be focused, original and shun temporary and immediate benefits. Our resolved shall be tested and our intellectual and strategic content stretched. I appeal to all those who have been and will be called upon to serve to be committed to the future of the architecture profession. We must nurture and nourish this initiative for the benefit of all and public good.”
Partners & Association
Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON)
Board of Trustees
Arc J.O. Okah-Avae
Justus O. Okah-Avae, FCArc, FNIA, 75, graduated with the Bachelor of Architecture from Ahmadu Bello University, Samaru – Zaria, in June 1973. He was registered by ARCON in 1976 after becoming a member of the Nigerian Institute of Architects the previous year. He became a Fellow of NIA in 1993.
He has been active in the profession for forty years having held several positions in NIA and carried out several assignments on behalf of NIA and ARCON during the period. His pioneering efforts in the formation of ANCA is in continuation of his commitment and service to the profession.
He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of ANCA.
Arc (Dr) Moukhtar M. Mai
(Dr.) Moukhtar M. Mai, FCArc, MINA, attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained B. Sc. (Architecture) in 1984 and Master of Science in Architetcure in 1987. He later obtained the Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture from University of Technology, Malasia, in 2008. He was registered by ARCON in 1990 and became a full member of NIA in 1991.
Arc. Mai lectures at Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Keffi, in addition to managing an architectural practice with offices in kaduna, Kano and Abuja. He served on ARCON Council in 2014 – 2017.
He is currently the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of ANCA.
Arc. Theophilus C. Elendu
Theophilus Chidi Elendu FCArc, FNIA, 67, graduated with the Bachelor of Architecture from University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, in 1979. He became a registered Architect by ARCON in 1985 and a Fellow of the NIA in 2005. He worked with various firms of Architects before Uniconsult Nigeria based in Owerri.
He has been a part-time lecturer at various Universities in the South East of Nigeria. Currently he is a full-time Senior Lecturer at Imo State University, Owerri. He was Chairman, Imo State Chapter of the NIA from 2004 – 2008. He served on NIA Education Board, 2005 – 2010.
He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Association of Architectural Educators in Nigeria (AARCHES). He is one of the three registered Trustees of ANCA.
Arc Adeleke .N. Adenuga
Adeleke Adenuga, FCArc, FNIA, 77, attended University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland (1969-1970) and Wroctaw Technical University, Wroctaw, Poland (1970 – 1977) where he obtained Polish Language Certificate in 1970 and Master of Science in Engineering / Architecture in 1977 respectively.
He was registered by ARCON in 1989, became a full member of NIA in 1998 and a Fellow in 2014.A carrier civil servant in both the Federal and Ogun State governments, he retired as the Permanent Secretary, Ogun State Ministry of Housing in 2004. He served on ARCON Council, 1992 – 1994.
Arc (Prof) Zanzan A. Uji
(Prof) Zanzan Akaka Uji, FCArc, MNIA, 67, attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained B. Sc. (Architecture) in 1979 and Master of Science in Architetcure in 1981. He later obtained the Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Environmental Planning – Housing from University of Jos in 2000.
Zanzan Ujji who has spent most of his carrier lecturing in University of Jos became a Professor in 2002. He has been a visiting professor at various times at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Kwame Nkruma University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, and currently Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi.
He was registered by ARCON in 19 and he is a full member of NIA. He served on the ARCON Council in 2007 – 2010. He is currently the Chairman of AARCHEES (The body representing Architects in Academics). Prof. Zanzan Ujji is a Barister at Law, having graduated with the LLB from University of Jos in 1992 and BL from Nigerian Law School, Lagos, in 1993. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association.
National Executive Council
Arc. M.E.O. Omatsone
Arc Obinnaya Iheanacho
Arc. Dr. Adekoyejo B. Jolaoso
FCArc, FNIA, FIMS (UK), ACArb, FICAN, FCIPDM, MNIM, MAARCHES, MiCIOB
Arc Gideon Bwans
Arc Kabir Raji
Assistant National Secretary
Arc Wilson Agbonta
Chair, Membership Admission
Arc Esther Jimoh
Assist. Membership Admission Officer
Arc Bodunrin Oguntoye