TRIAD Architects & Planners was founded in 1963, by Amyas Connell and Graham McCullough, who went on to play a major role in Kenya’s modern architectural heritage. Amyas had been part of a young group of modernist architects in the UK where he had set up his first practice in 1929 and then in 1933 formed the respected practice of Connell, Ward and Lucas. He then came to East Africa in 1946 where he designed the Kenyan Parliament in Nairobi, an icon of modern architecture and the Aga Khan Hospital for which he gained an RIBA Gold Medal. Graham was a founder member of the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) and in the 1970s designed with great innovation the first safari lodges that included the Ark, Keekorok and Samburu Lodges.

Soon after TRIAD Nairobi was set up, in 1963, David Bristow, and a group of partners who included Amyas’ son James, merged their small architectural firms in the UK to form an associated office, TRIAD London. David first came to Kenya in 1975 as part of the TRIAD London team working on the Diani Tourism Project. Soon after that he was invited to take up the role of Director in charge of TRIAD Nairobi, which he did in 1976.


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