IPA is very much a design-focused practice. We always seek to meet, if not better, Clients’ expectations for their projects. In order to achieve this, the finished buildings must not only function properly and efficiently but do so in a visually stimulating and exciting way.
Working in Tanzania presents its own set of problems and challenges. These relate not only to the difficulties in building in this part of the world but also to making buildings that properly address the challenges laid down by the elements. Extreme sun, tropical rain, dust, heat, and humidity.
IPA seeks to explore what modern architecture should be in such an environment. In this physical as well as the cultural environment. Too often architects in Tanzania mimic the architectural styles of Western cultures. We believe it is much more interesting and fulfilling to explore the elements that go together to make up this part of Africa and to use them to try and construct a new kind of architecture. One that is open to international influences but still rooted to, and relevant to, the place where they exist. IPA has tried to do this for more than 29 years, and the challenge starts afresh each day we arrive at work