Njendu be­lieves in giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity

The East African - - MAGAZINE | OFF DUTY -

Mugure Njendu, a reg­is­tered Ar­chi­tect and Ur­ban Plan­ner, was born and raised in Mom­basa, Kenya. Her mother was a teacher and in­stilled in her a love for read­ing to the point of be­ing called a geek. She still con­sid­ers read­ing as one of the best ways to un­wind, and is a mem­ber of a book club.

She at­tended the Kenya High School, and went to the US for higher ed­u­ca­tion at the Went­worth In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in the US, where she grad­u­ated with a Bach­e­lor of Ar­chi­tec­ture de­gree, and a Mas­ters of Ar­chi­tec­ture de­gree in Ur­ban Plan­ning from the Univer­sity of Mi­ami. She started her ca­reer in Bos­ton, Mas­sachus­sets, and then moved to Mi­ami, Florida be­fore re­turn­ing to Kenya to earn her reg­is­tra­tion as an ac­cred­ited Ar­chi­tect in Kenya.

In 2016, Njendu joined Gi­tutho Ar­chi­tects and Plan­ners, a Mom­basa-based com­pany started by her fa­ther 30 years ago, and in 2011 be­came the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor. They have of­fices in Nairobi, and take on projects as far as Juba, South Su­dan.

She has 12 years pro­fes­sional ex­preience and is cur­rently a mem­ber of the Board of Ar­chi­tects and Quan­tity Sur­vey­ors of Kenya, and also Women in Real Es­tate. She serves as the hon­orary sec­re­tary at the Ar­chi­tec­tural As­so­ci­a­tion of Kenya, and has chaired the Board of Prac­tice and Ethics in the East Africa In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects.

In 2015, she founded Lit­tle Ein­stein’s East Africa that teaches stu­dents about the world of sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics (STEM) through fun and hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties at the Sci­ence Explorers Lab in Nairobi as well as through in-school work­shops and hol­i­day camp ac­tiv­i­ties. The Lit­tle Ein­stein’s Pro­gramme is now of­fered in 18 schools in Nairobi and has reg­is­tered over 3,000 chil­dren. Lit­tle Ein­stein’s East Africa fur­ther runs a STEM pro­gramme on Youtube and plans to open in Ki­gali this July.

The mother of two be­lieves in giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity and she is a founder and trustee of the ExBo­mar­ian Ed­u­ca­tional Fund, a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion formed by the Kenya High School Alumni that spon­sors needy stu­dents ad­mit­ted to the school.

She also led a team in build­ing three homes for in­ter­nally dis­placed peo­ple through Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity Kenya. She par­tic­i­pates in men­tor­ing through ca­reer fairs and coun­selling. She loves art, po­etry, mu­sic, and eclec­tic jew­ellery and ac­ces­sories.

-Su­san Mu­umbi

Pic­ture: Courtesy

Mugure Njendu

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