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GBCSA Academy AP Spotlight: Susan Wambui Kabue

Award-winning architect, Susan Wambui Kabue is the Founder and Managing Director of Image Three Sixty Designs in Kenya.

Her exceptional talent and natural flair for design has established her as an industry leader – earning her recognition as one of Kenya’s Top 40 Under 40 women in business for her role in the commercial interiors industry.Under her leadership, Image 360 Designs Ltd won “Best Office Interior in Africa” at the prestigious International Property Awards and LEED Gold for the World Bank Group and Citi Bank Gigiri projects. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and is a Green Star Interiors AP.

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What do you enjoy the most about your job?

Creating spaces that our clients enjoy working in and that ultimately improve their well-being, productivity and performance.

Which projects are you most proud of working on?

Citi Bank Offices In Eaton Place (LEED Gold) and World Bank Offices in Kenya (LEED Gold).

What set you on your current career path?

My passion for interior design and an entrepreneurial drive.

Who or what have been the strongest influences guiding your professional life?

My family.

Which has been more valuable in your career, your education or your experience and why?

My experience. Because I started the firm when I was young and inexperienced, there have been invaluable lessons and growth from the mistakes made and achievements obtained along the way.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in your professional career?

Build strong relationships with your clients. Those relationships will be extremely important in sustaining the business during tough times.

How has the industry changed since you started?

Clients are more exposed, there is greater access to other markets.

What do you think are the changes needed for the industry to reach its sustainability goals?

We need demystify sustainability to the common man in order to make it achievable. To most clients it seems like a complex and expensive process therefore they are not willing to pursue it. If we are able to simplify the benefits and the way to achieve those benefits to the common man, the public will be more receptive to attempting some measures even in small projects.

What advice do you have for someone new to the green sustainable built environment sector?

It is not complex, it is not expensive. It is just changing the way we do the things we do, in order to ensure that all the generations that come find a world better than the one we live in today.

Individual Membership

Designed for professionals acting in their individual capacity, including single consultant-businesses.

Organisational Membership

Ideal for companies, government departments, and organisations.

  • Total Employees: 1 - 5 Employees - R 4080.00
  • Total Employees: 6 - 20 Employees - R 12570.00
  • Total Employees: 21 - 50 Employees - R 24690.00
  • Total Employees: 51 Plus Employees - R 43840.00

Lisa Reynolds

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

Lisa Reynolds is the CEO of the Green Building Council South Africa.

Lisa was the driver for the drafting of Energy Efficiency Standards and Regulations for Buildings and has been involved in Energy Efficiency since 2003. She serves on many committees in the SABS and within the energy management professionals’ space. She was President of the SAEEC from 2016 to 2019 and was the previous President of the ESCo (Energy Services Companies) Association. Lisa was instrumental in the formation of SAFEE (Southern African Females in Energy Efficiency) within SAEEC.

She has assisted the South African Government with its Green Building Framework policies, Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives and Energy Efficiency Strategies

Her passion for the “Green space” started with the birth of the Green Building Council in 2007. Lisa served on the Board and the Technical Committee of the GBCSA, as well as on several Technical Working Groups for Rating Tools and Criteria. Lisa. became CEO in June 2020.

Lisa has a BSc, an MBA and a CEM. Lisa’s awards include the 2007 ETA Award for Women, 2008 Individual Energy (SAEE), 2012 SABS Standards Writer Award; the 2014 Women in Energy (SAWIEN); and the 2016 Ian Lane Hall of Fame award.

Lisa is committed to growing the Green Economy within a Green Recovery.

Organisational categories

As an organisational member, you will fall into one of the below categories, and be charged according to specific size indicators. Please reach out to us for any further clarity on which category is best for your organisation

Property Developers

Annual Turnover

Investors, Owners, Property Managers

Total Asset Value

Major Corporate Tenants & Retail

Annual Gross Rentals

Building Contractors

Annual Turnover

Building Product Manufacturers & Distributors

Annual Turnover

Professional Services: Architects, Designers, Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, PM’s, Consultants, Legal

Number of employees

Research, Higher Education, NGO’S & Regulators

NGO or Research/Higher Education/ Regulators

Related Interests: Utilities, Financial, Insurance, etc.

Annual Turnover

Government

Local/ municipal/ provincial/ state 
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