Honorary Awards

Awards Criteria

Merit Award for Service to the Quantity Surveying Profession

This award is made to an African Quantity Surveyor, in acknowledgement of distinguished service to the quantity surveying profession. The activities upon which the nomination is based shall have produced a body of work that consistently created a positive and significant regional, national or international impact on the quantity surveying profession

Any Institutional Member, Practice Member or Council Member of the AAQS is entitled to make a formal nomination, by 30th June of the year in which the award is being made. Such nomination shall be supported by a motivation and signed in support by at least ten individual quantity surveyors who are members of an AAQS Institutional Member organization. On receipt of a nomination, the AAQS president shall appoint an ad hoc committee comprising a minimum of three Council members which shall consider the nomination on its merits and may or may not make a recommendation to the Council whereupon the Council shall accept or reject the recommendation.

Merit Award for Outstanding Service

This award is made to an individual or organisation, in acknowledgment of exceptional services rendered by them. The activities upon which the nomination is based shall have produced a body of work that consistently created a positive and significant regional, national or international impact on African society, the AAQS, an Institutional Member of the AAQS, or the quantity surveying profession generally.

Any Institutional Member, Practice Member or Council Member of the AAQS is entitled to make a formal nomination, by 30th June of the year in which the award is being made. Such nomination shall be supported by a motivation and signed in support by at least ten individual quantity surveyors who are members of an AAQS Institutional Member organization. On receipt of a nomination, the AAQS president shall appoint an ad hoc committee comprising a minimum of three Council members which shall consider the nomination on its merits and may or may not make a recommendation to the Council whereupon the Council shall accept or reject the recommendation.

Africa Young Achiever Award

In an effort to promote the industry to young professionals, the AAQS recognizes the contribution Young Quantity Surveyors make to the industry and the future of the profession. This category is only open to registered professional quantity surveyors / members of AAQS Institutional Member organisations. Nominees must be younger than 35 years of age on the 30th June of the year in which the awards are made.

Nominations must be made by National Institutional Members by the 30th September of the year in which the awards are made. The nominee must be available, should he / she receive the award, to attend the AAQS Council / General Assembly meeting where the results of the process will be made publically known, and if necessary, make a presentation within any seminar attached to this meeting.

The nomination must consist of a motivation of the outstanding achievements of the nominee under the following headings:

  1. a)  Technical Achievement on Projects / equivalent tasks
  2. b)  Post matriculation educational achievements
  3. c)  Recognition such as awards received
  4. d)  Contribution to sustainable (social, economic and environmental) development
  5. e)  Papers and presentations delivered
  6. f)  Community involvement and social responsibilities
  7. g)  Leadership ability of the nominee and his or her contribution to building the image of their employer

    organization(s) and the quantity surveying profession in general

The entry must include written consent from the nominee and head of their employer organization. The entry must include a well-presented and neatly compiled report or motivation that is sufficiently comprehensive in describing the nomination. Where relevant, drawings, graphics, tables and other supportive material may be included. The report has to, in addition to the headings listed above, contain as one of its main headings, a clear motivation by the entrant, highlighting the merits of the nomination in terms of the competition’s awards criteria. All material which may be submitted in hard-copy format should be accompanied by an electronic version.

A high resolution (minimum 1MB) photograph (head and shoulders) of the nominee in jpeg format must be included in the submission. Note: The nominee must avail him/herself for an interview with the adjudication panel if requested to do so – for practical purposes, this is likely to be conducted via electronic means.

On receipt of a nomination, the AAQS president shall appoint an ad hoc committee comprising a minimum of three Council members, or members of the AAQS Education, Training and Research Board / AAQS Awards Committee, which shall consider all nominations on their merits and shall make a recommendation to the Council, whereupon the Council shall accept or reject the recommendation.

The AAQS reserves the right not to make an award in the event of the awards committee making a recommendation of this nature.

The AAQS intends soliciting sponsorship of this award to cover travel and accommodation costs of the eventual winner to attend the awards ceremony

Africa Graduate Gold Medal Award

In an effort to promote the industry to young professionals, the AAQS recognizes the contribution young Quantity Surveyors make to the industry and the future of the profession. This category is only open to graduates from universities in countries where an AAQS Institutional Member exists. One student nationally may be nominated who has obtained their degree in the year preceding nomination, whose academic achievements are of outstanding merit and whose personal qualities promise to positively contribute to the quantity surveying profession. Nominations must be made by National Institutional Members by the 30th September of the year in which the awards are made. The nominee must be available, should he / she receive the award, to attend the AAQS Council / General Assembly meeting where the results of the process will be made publically known, and if necessary, make a presentation within any seminar attached to this meeting.

The nomination must consist of a motivation of the outstanding achievements of the nominee and include the following documentation:

a)  Marks obtained by nominee in each subject for each year of study

b)  Class average marks for each subject in the corresponding years

c)  Number of students in the nominee’s class year by yea

d)  The final year marks for each subject in the corresponding years

e)  Testimonial from the Head of Department of the Tertiary Institution awarding the degree

f)  Documentation stating:

1 Extramural activities

2 Contributions to community and social responsibility

3 Details of personality/character

4 Leadership qualities

Only graduates from “Honours” level Programmes (as defined in AAQS Accreditation Policy documentation), i.e. of minimum 4 year’s duration / 480 credits (4800 nominal study hours) may be considered for this award. Such graduates must have:

(i)  obtained a credit-weighted average of at least 75% in those modules required for the qualification; and

(ii)  successfully completed all modules in the curriculum at the first attempt and without recourse to supplementary examinations; and

(iii)  completed the degree in the prescribed minimum time.

Any material submitted in hard-copy format should be accompanied by an electronic version. A high resolution (minimum 1MB) photograph (head and shoulders) of the nominee in jpeg format must be included in the submission. Note: The nominee must avail him/herself for an interview with the adjudication panel if requested to do so – for practical purposes, this is likely to be conducted via electronic means.

On receipt of a nomination, the AAQS president shall appoint an ad hoc committee comprising a minimum of three Council members, or members of the AAQS Education, Training and Research Board / AAQS Awards Committee, which shall consider all nominations on their merits and shall make a recommendation to the Council, whereupon the Council shall accept or reject the recommendation.

The AAQS reserves the right not to make an award in the event of the awards committee making a recommendation of this nature.

The AAQS intends soliciting sponsorship of this award to cover travel and accommodation costs of the eventual winner to attend the awards ceremony

AAQS Online General Assembly 2020

The following AAQS awards were made during the AAQS General Assembly

Mr. Boaz Chepsergon Komen

Mr. Boaz Chepsergon Komen

Kenyan Winner Of The Africa Graduate Gold Medal Award

Following an intensive nomination process, Boaz Chepsergon Komen was recognized at the AAQS General Assembly Meeting in October 2020 as the first-ever recipient of this prestigious award. He completed a first class Honours Degree in Quantity Surveying at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in 2019.

Mr Komen has overcome the challenges of being born in humble conditions in Baringo County, and excelled in his early studies, securing admission to the prestigious Alliance High School – he appropriately describes this as a “wonderful opportunity”, using this to gain entry to university in 2016. Throughout his university course, he consistently achieved exceptional results, far in excess of average class marks. However, in addition to academic excellence, nominees for this award are required to demonstrate personal qualities which typically include active involvement in extramural activities, significant contributions to community, a sense of social responsibility, and leadership experience, all of which promise to positively contribute to the quantity surveying profession in their future careers.

 The winner impressed the selection panels with both the breadth and depth of his performance in all categories – no mean achievement for a 23 year old. The nomination submissions of the Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya (IQSK) included numerous testimonials describing him as a young man of impeccable character and admirable community spirit.  

 Since graduation, Mr Komen has been employed as an assistant quantity surveyor by the contracting organisation Efil Enterprises Ltd. Due to travel restrictions related to the Covid 19 pandemic, the AAQS was unable to make the official award to Mr Komen personally – an event which will take place once circumstances permit.

Mr Ayodele Faleye

Mr Ayodele Faleye

Nigerian Winner Of The Africa Young Achiever Award

Following a continental-wide process amongst all AAQS National bodies Mr Ayodele Faleye was announced at the AAQS General Assembly Meeting in October 2020 as the first-ever recipient of this significant award. In an effort to promote the industry to young professionals, the AAQS recognizes the contribution Young Quantity Surveyors make to the industry and the future of the profession. This category is only open to registered professional quantity surveyors / members of AAQS Institutional Member organisations under 35 years of age

The list of requirements to be met by potential awardees is substantial. These include extraordinary achievements in their scholarly pursuits, the pursuit of post tertiary education knowledge gathering, notable contributions to sustainable (social, economic and environmental) development, involvement in community activities and recognisable social upliftment, and, most importantly, the demonstration of leadership ability and his or her contribution to building the image of their employer organization(s) and the quantity surveying profession in general

 Mr Faleye, who lives in Abuja, has a BSc (Hons) (Quantity Surveying) degree, as well as having been noted for particularly excellent achievements in successfully gaining a Masters Degree in Project Management. In addition to meeting all the criteria for this award, the recipient is particularly prominent in his activities within the formal quantity surveying professional structures (most notably the NIQS that nominated him for this award), in aggressively mobilising the furtherance of new young talent in many fields of the QS profession.

 We look forward to continued involvement of this high achiever as he progresses further within his chosen career path.

Kampala, Uganda in 2017

The following AAQS awards were made during the AAQS General Assembly

Mr Michael Frimpong

Merit Award for service to the quantity surveying profession

The award is made in acknowledgment of distinguished service to the quantity surveying profession over many years as a Council Member and a past president of the AAQS

Mr Segun Ajanlekoko

Merit Award for service to the quantity surveying profession

The award is made in acknowledgment of distinguished service to the quantity surveying profession over many years as a Council Member and a past president of the AAQS

Mr Dan Kimoro

Merit Award for service to the quantity surveying profession

The award is made in acknowledgment of distinguished service to the quantity surveying profession over many years as a Council Member and a past president of the AAQS

Prof Rob Pearl

Merit Award for service to the quantity surveying profession

The award is made in acknowledgement of distinguished service to the quantity surveying profession over many years as a Council Member and a past president of the AAQS. For a period of more than a year during Prof Pearl’s term as president of the AAQS, the AAQS secretariat was not manned and he, with great personal sacrifice, performed many of the duties of the secretariat

The following AAQS awards were made during the AAQS General Assembly held in Pretoria, South Africa in 2014:

Mr Charles Israelite

Merit award

In recognition of his contribution as founder and chairperson of the Professional Consultants Services Agreement Committee (PROCSA) since inception in 2002. The PROCSA client/consultant suite of agreements was involved to deal with the contractual arrangements of all the core professional disciplines in the built environment and is widely accepted in Africa by both clients and consultants

Dr Corné de Leeuw

Merit award

The award is in recognition of his tireless efforts, devoted and dedicated service to the AAQS for almost the entire existence of the association

The following AAQS awards were made during the AAQS General Assembly held in Accra, Ghana in 2008:

Late Mr Francis Githaiga

Posthumous merit award

The late Mr Githaiga had been identified as deserving the AAQS Award for his role in championing the cause of AAQS selflessly and diligently during his lifetime when serving as Secretary General of the AAQS

Dr Corné de Leeuw

Merit award

Dr De Leeuw had been identified as one of those deserving the AAQS Award for his distinguished, selfless and sterling contributions to the growth of the AAQS

Mr Mike Applewhite

Merit award

Mr Applewhite, representing the quantity surveying program WinQS, had been identified for deserving the AAQS Award for corporate sponsorship of the AAQS website and conferences

Prof Piet Botha

Merit award

Prof Botha had been identified as one of those deserving the AAQS Award for his distinguished, selfless and sterling contributions to the growth of the AAQS

President J A Kufuor

Merit award

The Africa Association of Quantity Surveyors honoured President J A Kufuor, the President of the Republic of Ghana for his sterling contributions to the development of Africa and his impressive record of governance

Mr Nelson Mandela

Merit award

The Africa Association of Quantity Surveyors honoured former President of South Africa, Mr Nelson Mandela for his sterling contributions to the development of Africa and his impressive record of governance