Eng. Ishwarlal Becharbhai Patel (I.B)
Eng. Ishwarlal B. Patel, popularly known as “I.B.”, was born in December 1932 in Kikuyu. He studied at Jamhuri High School (1948) and later pursued a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in India (1954). In 1959, he was awarded a Fullbright Scholarship to complete postgraduate studies at the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign, USA.
Eng. I.B. started his career at R.A. Sutcliffe (FIStrucE) designing and managing the construction of industrial, residential and religious centres projects. He later joined Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Chicago as a Project Engineer where he contributed to various multimillion-dollar projects. As the Chief Civil Engineer at Staple Fibre & Rayon Mill, Nagda - India (1962) he designed and supervised factory extensions, housing facilities, airport runways, social and sports amenities. In 1966, I.B. was appointed the Chief Structural Engineer at Nairobi City Council.
He started his own Firm in 1968 under I.B Patel and a year later was joined by Eng. H.S. Mangat. They set up Mangat I.B. Patel and Partners and I.B. became the Partner-in-Charge of the Structural Engineering Division. Prestigious and iconic projects undertaken by I.B. include: International Life House, Lonrho House, Rahimtulla Tower, Citibank House, The Grand Regency Hotel, Inter-Continental Hotel, Reinsurance Plaza, Fedha Towers, Holy Family Basilica Cathedral, BAPS Temple and I&M Building.
Eng. I.B was nominated Kenya’s representative to the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in 1972. His painstaking attention to detail on the BAPS Temple on Limuru Road led to his recognition with an award (2000) and later declared an Engineer Laureate (2003) by the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK). He became a Founder Member of the AAK in 1967 and a Fellow in 2002. He is also a Founder Member of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Kenya
Late Eng. Harcharan Singh Mangat (Deceased 2017)
(Late) Eng. H.S Mangat was born in Mombasa in 1932. He attended Jamhuri High School and later pursued a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Roorkee, India (Asia’s first Engineering College). He attained a first-class honors degree (1955) at this prestigious academic institution.
He joined the Nairobi City Council in 1966 and rose through the ranks to become the city’s first non-European Deputy City Engineer. Eng. H.S Mangat worked on the planning, design and supervision of the municipal services of transportation, water supply, waste water management and urban planning.
In 1969, Eng. H.S Mangat joined Eng. I.B. Patel to establish Mangat I.B. Patel and Partners. Under his guidance, the Firm undertook several Civil Engineering Projects. Key Projects undertaken by Eng. H.S. Mangat include: pioneering housing estates - Buru Buru, Loresho and Imara Daima in Kenya, Nkuhungu-Dodoma Cooperative Housing Project in Tanzania, Kawala - World Bank’s first urban project in Uganda, Francistown Urban Development Project, Monrovia Urban Upgrading Project in Liberia, Dar-es-Salaam City Infrastructure Maintenance Project, low-income housing studies in Gambia, Addis Ababa Urban Development Project , Sudan Drought Relief Project and numerous Water Supply and Sanitation Works serving major Towns in Kenya such as Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Eldoret, Thika, Nyeri, among others.
Eng. H.S. Mangat served as a Chairman in the following organizations/ Institutions: East African Institute of Engineers, Association of Consulting Engineers of Kenya, Institute of Engineers of Kenya, Olympic Selection Committee - Kenya, Kenya Hockey Union and Royal Nairobi Golf Club. Eng. H.S Mangat was a founder member of the engineering chapter of the Architects Association of Kenya.