ALAMA Architecture is lead by its principal architect and CEO, Dr. Victoria Marwa Heilman. ALAMA has three graduate architects who are supported by our production and administrative staff. All our staff bring their creative strengths to the success of the firm. ALAMA Architecture keenly guards its role as an independent professional consultancy.
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Dr. Victoria Marwa Heilman is a registered practicing architect in Tanzania; she holds a Doctorate degree in Architecture from the University of Stuttgart in Germany, 2016, a Master degree in Architecture from the Catholic University of America (CUA) through a Ford Foundation scholarship, and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Dar es Salaam – UCLAS in Tanzania. Dr. Victoria is a member of the Architects Association of Tanzania (AAT) and a cofounder of an NGO called Tanzania Women Architects for Humanity (TAWAH). Victoria works professionally as a principal architect at Alama Architecture (formerly known as VK Green Architects Ltd.) A company that she started in 2012 while teaching in the School of Architecture and Design at Ardhi University (ARU) in Dar es Salaam from 2001 to 2018.
Victoria is a strong advocate of Sustainable Design and Construction and this can be seen in her teachings, research and designs. In addition to her professional activities at ALAMA Architecture, Victoria is passionate about helping communities in need through her knowledge and expertise in architecture. She has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity Tanzania for a number of projects in rural Tanzania as a coordinator and a construction supervisor. She is the founding director of Tanzania Women Architects for Humanity (TAWAH) NGO. Since its creation in 2010, TAWAH has had success in building houses and classrooms using locally available materials and involving communities. Victoria was a Ford Foundation IFP fellow 2004, an Eisenhower Fellow in 2016 and a Mama Hope Global Advocate in 2020 and she used her fellowships in the USA and in Tanzania to learn different ways to expand TAWAH’s work building adequate shelters in Tanzania.
In 2018, Victoria left her teaching career at Ardhi University to devote more time to Alama Architecture and TAWAH. Victoria continues her passion in sustainable architecture through ALAMA ARCHITECTURE and TAWAH’s mission of bringing hope in communities by working together with women and youths to build adequate shelter for poor communities in Tanzania.
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Eric Mngumi graduated with a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Rostov-on-Don State Institute of Architecture, Russia, in 1997. He had previously obtained his Bachelor of Architecture from the same school. Subsequently, Eric worked as an assistant lecturer at Ardhi University for 11 years and he is currently teaching at the University of Dar es Salaam in the department of Architecture. Among other subjects, his teaching interests included ‘History of 20th Century Architecture’, and ‘CAD as a Tool for Analysis and Design’. He was keenly involved in a research project on Documentation of Architectural Heritage Kilwa Kisiwani in Tanzania. Eric advocates for an organic approach to design where the architect carefully integrates material choices, structural considerations, purpose of the design and the site context. He believes that is what makes a design green and sustainable.
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Beatrice Mhagama is a graduate Architect with a bachelor of architecture degree from Ardhi University, Dar es Salaam. She is an assistant architect atALAMA ARCHITECTURE. Beatrice is a strong advocate of Sustainable designs. Her approach towards architectural design is focused on minimizing negative environmen-tal impacts, the use of practical building materials and delivering cost efficient designs
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Joyce Said is a graduate Architect with a Bachelor degree from Ardhi University, Dar es Salaam 2020. She works as an Assistant Architect at ALAMA ARCHITECTURE. She also works as a volunteer to Tanzania Women Architects for Humanity since July,2019 and being to participate in different communal projects which have a great impact today in the society.
Joyce believes that,she can archieve her professional goals by considering the local community knowledge in her architectural knowledge from the design to construction stage for sustainable designs.