Highlights2023 was a year of Recognition for Braz's professional life.
BORAQS - A Kenyan Architect's Journey - May 2023
It is 47 years ago that Braz emigrated with his family to Canada. Prior to that he ran a successful professional architectural and planning consultancy. The period of the consultancy is the underlying story in his latest novel “Tsavo- The Money Eaters” released in December 2023. He was invited by the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors (BORAQS) Kenya to share with members how he had spent his life of 84 years of which only 37 years were spent in Kenya.
Love Park - June 2023
Kenyan-Goan urban planner leaves a legacy in Toronto. Imagine a journey through a jungle, and suddenly arriving at a clearing, with the sun shining brightly. In the middle is a large body of water, where local fauna can gather and cool off. Now Toronto waterfront has re-created that vision at Love Park in the midst of a growing dense jungle of steel and glass tower. This was Braz's vision of 17 years ago. Working with his neighborhood group - YQNA (York Quay Neighborhood Association).
It involved the demolition of a circular ramp on Queens Quay and its replacement with Love Park. The final design of the Park was by Landscape Architect Claude Cormier who suddenly passed away on September 15, 2023.
Completion of the Matata Book Series
A decade-long project to chronicle the last 50 years of Portuguese rule in Goa (Portuguese India and the decline of British rule in Kenya). The final book (Tsavo - The Money-Eaters) in the series, which chronicles the first 15 years of Kenya after Independence 60 years ago (December 12, 1963) was released in December 2023.