Valéry Weyn Architects is a Mombasa based architecture & design firm founded in 2019 providing architectural, planning and design services to clients within East Africa.
Valéry was born in Belgium & raised in Kenya. She returned to Mombasa in 2013 after receiving her Master of Architecture at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Western Australia. She became a registered architect in 2016 and opened her own practice in 2019. Before opening her own practice, she was a partner at PCP Architects, a firm with vast experience in various commercial, residential and industrial projects.
VWA specializes in architecture for the tropics; a passion to create spaces informed by context, climate & soul of place. The nature and size of our projects vary, and together with the client, we go on a journey of developing the conceptual project, to detailed drawings, to realising the final product on site.
In addition to maintaining her architectural practice Valéry also fronts her firm Geotextiles East Africa which specializes in geosynthetic solutions for various soil reinforcement applications in the field of civil engineering & construction. She realized early on in her career the importance of taking on a holistic approach to building – starting from the ground up. After further training & research on Geosynthetic Engineering in South Africa & Germany, she applies her knowledge to achieving more economical and sustainable ways of constructing on weak soils, including a specialty focus on protecting coastal & beach erosion.
Part of her work also includes designing the drainage layer in green roof construction. Her firm offers a wafer-thin yet sturdy drainage core that replaces conventional bulky & heavy stone filter layers which reduces structural loading on the roof. If so desired by clients, she will design the green roof drainage components which provide several benefits to construction, not only aesthetically, but also in terms of heat & sound insulation, improving air quality and reducing carbon footprint.
What We Do
VW Architects offer the full range of architectural services from conceptual designs, to preparing working drawings for obtaining County & NEMA approvals, detailed construction drawings including service layouts, supervision during construction right through to handing over the final project.
VWA are passionate about creating high quality spaces that respond to the local context, orientation, climate and contributing to the soul & culture of a place. In each project, we work closely with our clients to deliver an end product that fulfils their expectations. Each project is unique, and therefore we take a custom-approach focusing on our clients requirements which is key for creating projects that reflect their vision.
Our work includes commercial buildings, office space, warehousing, luxury residential and waterfront homes, apartments, masterplanning, boutique hotels and private lodges among other residential and industrial developments.
Through our experience of practicing architecture in Kenya, VWA has formed strong partnerships with leading local professionals in the field of civil and structural engineering, mechanical, electrical & plumbing services as well as trusted quantity surveyors. In addition to working with certified contractors, we strive to work with an ensemble of driven and skilful professionals that meet the high standards we expect for each project.