Emma Miloyo: First Female Architect To Serve As President Of Architectural Association of Kenya


Emma Miloyo is a Kenyan architect who was appointed as the first woman President of the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK). She is also a co-Founder and Director at Design Source and Kiota School and a Non-Executive Director at Longhorn Publishers.


Emma was born in 1981 in Nairobi, Kenya. She is 41 years old.


Emma attended Loreto Msongari Primary School in Nairobi, before transferring to the Kenya High School for her secondary school education.

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She later studied architecture at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2006. She was the first woman to graduate from the university with a first-class honours Degree in architecture.

Career and achievements

Right after completing her Degree, she became a partner at Design Source, an architectural firm which she co-founded in January 2007. The firm has offices in Nairobi and Mombasa. She was also a founding board member of the Konza Technology City Board.

In June 2015, she was elected as Vice President of the Architectural Association of Kenya, serving in that capacity until February 2017. She later became the first female president of the Architectural Association of Kenya in March 2017.

In 2011 and 2018, Emma listed as one of the Business Daily Africa’s Kenya’s Top 40 Under 40 Women both in 2011 and 2018 by Business Daily Africa.

Family life

Emma is married to fellow architect and university classmate Chris Naicca. They are blessed with three children. The two are also partners in Design Source Limited, the architectural firm they co-founded in 2007.


Emma is dedicated to inspiring young women to see architecture as a viable career option. To support them, she volunteers her time to help girls in poverty attend school through the Ex-Bomarian Education Trust Fund and is a founding Board Member of WIRE (Women in Real Estate).

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