Enrique Browne is one of Chile’s most prolific architects and is co-founder of Browne & Swett Arquitectos in Santiago. Over the past forty years, he has been trying to reconcile the natural and artificial worlds through architecture. His innovative projects incorporate multiple environmental aspects that result in a complex, layered response to the challenges of place, form and identity. A highly regarded and prolific writer and designer, Browne’s inimitable way of looking at the world will bring new perspectives to #AZA18.
As principal of the award-winning design studio sP+a in Mumbai, Sameep Padora’s work covers projects across a range of socio-economic and cultural contexts, exploring how traditional techniques can be appropriated through a process of evolution, and informed by global and regional networks, to become relevant in a contemporary context. He is interested in the subterfuge of capitalism, the idea of the open city and the qualities particular to the Indian context. sP+a’s studio structure actively engages with research, collaborations and collective models of practice as symbiotic streams feeding into each other.
Hailed as ‘Architect of the Year’ in the 2017 Women in Architecture Awards by The Architectural Review and the Architects’ Journal, Gabriela Carrillo is a Mexican architect and co-director of the multi-award-winning practice Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo. Using every project as an opportunity to develop her thoughts on space, light and shadow, perspective, warmth and atmosphere, Carrillo intends to share with the #AZA18 audience, the strategies that she has developed while working in a place always in crisis, together with the opportunities that these scenarios can afford.
Renowned architect and urbanist, Peter Barber, heads up an award-winning, design-orientated practice with a portfolio of prestigious projects that includes a number of ground-breaking mixed-use and residential schemes; a series of radical urban housing projects which have variously won Housing Design Awards, RIBA Awards and AIA Awards; as well as individual buildings such as the Villa Anbar, twice shortlisted for the international Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The practice centres around the premise that “space conditions, and is in turn conditioned by, society and culture; and that architecture can create the potential for social action and activity.”
ANNE GRAUPNER & THORSTEN DECKLER
26’10 south Architects is named after Johannesburg, a harsh and dynamic city formed by a succession of exploitative regimes. Through working critically in this context, 26’10 south Architects has come up with a unique mode of thinking and building that combines architecture, urban design and knowledge management. The resultant built work is both rational and poetic, informed by teaching and research projects that offer new insights into the city to come. 26¹10 was founded in 2004 by Anne Graupner and Thorsten Deckler. Both studied and worked under Zaha Hadid and Rem Koolhaas respectively and have lectured locally and abroad.
Young Cameroonian architect, Hermann Kamte, is winner of the WAFX Awards 2017-Cultural Identity prize, and principal of HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates based in Yaoundé, Cameroon. As a young practice, the firm’s projects are principally based in Africa and include architecture, design, urbanism, landscape, education, and R&D services in Nigeria, Niger, Chad, and Cameroon. The studio is committed to the creative process behind each unique project; and the aim is to contribute to shaping the world by bringing a new dynamic to, and appreciation of, African Architecture.
My talk will be about “New approaches to conservation in the context of the new South Africa” with the sub title: “How to make colonial buildings assets for all”. I will refer to the Campanile Restoration, the Alterations & Renovations to the Port Elizabeth Opera House and the Mendi Multi-Purpose Centre.
Anthony started Paragon Architects in 1997 with Henning Rasmuss. The practice has grown over the last 20 years to include staff of over 100 people. There are few people who have contributed more to the defining of the Sandton skyline than Anthony. His response to changes in technology and exploiting them, keep Johannesburg abreast with the best of world architecture.
CARON SCHNAID AND SERENAL NADAR
Hospitals are highly emotive. They are places of life, wellbeing and hope, yet they cannot stay sickness, fear or even death. While serving to manage and contain disease, hospitals are innately spiritual, providing sanctuary for patients and visitors to heal, and spaces for introspection and quietness. In 2006, Nelson Mandela expressed a vision of creating a dedicated children’s hospital that would provide leading paediatric healthcare in Southern Africa by upholding the values and principles of accessible healthcare for all children. Serenal Nadar, Senior Technical Manager at Ruben Reddy Architects, and Caron Schnaid, Associate at GAPP Architects and Urban Designers, will share the journey of this inimitable project’s conception, design and construction; and the vision that allowed it to successfully integrate into the surrounding heritage precinct.
With a particular interest in social housing and urban regeneration, Heather Dodd of the award-winning practice Savage + Dodd Architects, believes in the power of design in restorative spatial justice and urban resilience. At #AZA18, she will address the importance of designing buildings and places that put people first, and cities that are resilient to change. Through her work, Heather has contributed significantly to the revitalisation of the Johannesburg inner city. She values the AZA platform as a space for collaboration and networking, exposure to new ideas, and serendipitous exchange.
Through engaging in a world of ideas and retaining a sense of wonder, URBA Architects and Urban Designers uses design to actively demonstrate what is possible. Founding partner, Henri Comrie, believes that architects should be effective city builders who are concerned with how each building contributes towards more integrated streets and cities. At #AZA18, he will explore architectural interventions as layers in time that have the capacity to both respond and project within a wider context; and he looks forward to exchanging and implementing ideas by listening to the stories of others.
Driven by the desire to create purpose in her work, Ntsika Architects’ Nadia Tromp is determined to bring meaningful architecture to marginalised communities that have never before experienced good architecture. She feels strongly that architecture should be catalytic, extending beyond the boundaries of a single building, with a focussed impact on the urban environment. She values #AZA18 as an opportunity for interchange between interested parties in the architectural sphere, from practitioners and educators, to students, suppliers and stakeholder.
Nicholas, academic, architect and heritage practitioner, holds a Masters degree in Environmental Design in Architecture from Cambridge University. Formerly a full-time member staff at the University of Pretoria, he is now associated with the Heritage and Architecture section at Delft University of Technology. He is actively involved in heritage management and documentation in South Africa as well as in the World Heritage arena additional to which has co-authored a number of award winning books on South Africa’s architectural heritage. His research focus lies in the interface of built heritage, sustainability and resilience.
PHILLIP DU TOIT
A strong conceptual thinker and designer, Philip du Toit specialises in housing and theory at Osmond Lange Architects & Planners in Cape Town. He is driven by the challenge of changing the world for the better. “I believe that one of the biggest challenges is to stay focused on what matters in a world where project decisions are often based on money and not on what is good for the user. Part of this challenge is to proactively use budgets as motivators for innovation.” At #AZA18, Philip will be exploring meaning and purpose in creative projects; and questioning what architecture could and should be about.
Phill pursued his studies in Paris where he obtained his Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) and three years later enrolled and completed his LLB. In 2012 he completed his studies Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) with the University of Pretoria. In 2015 Phill completed his studies in MSc (knowledge and Project Management) University of Salford. Phill has been an external examiner in a number tertiary institutions in South Africa & abroad and has presented seminars on Professional Practice.
Is an emeritus Professor of Cultural Heritage, in particular of 20th century architecture, at Delft University of Technology, and Senior Specialist in Recent Built Heritage at the Dutch Agency for Cultural Heritage at Amersfoort; project leader of Shared Heritage projects in South Africa and Russia.
Fields of interest: identity, cultural resilience and revitalisation of built heritage; modern World Heritage nominations. Among her publications: The Architectural Memory (2011), Re-centring Tshwane. Urban strategies for a resilient Capital (2015, co-edited with Nicholas Clarke), Designing from Heritage, strategies for conservation and conversion (2017, co-authored with Wessel de Jonge) and the co-authored reports ‘Mapping’ Westfort Village at Pretoria, Tshwane (2015) and ‘City to City Block’ (2016).
REON VAN DE WIEL
After graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand, Reon van der Wiel began work for Activate Architecture in 2003 as a Professional Architect. Showing strong leadership and project management abilities, he became a shareholder and director of Activate in 2006. He has been an integral part of the development of the practice, office systems management, and the design and implementation of all projects in the practice. He has comprehensive understanding of client needs and complexity, project programming, building design, construction oversight and principle agency, and his experience has included all stages of work from project appraisal to project close out on significant projects. He is an accredited professional with the Green Building Council of South Africa.
JEREMY PATRICK HATHORN
Jeremy is the managing director of FGG Architects. In 1980 he joined the firm as a Candidate Architect, having worked with the company as a student. His architectural experience covers a broad range and includes academic, healthcare, hospitality/leisure architecture and the planning of residential estates.
Jeremy is the longstanding architect for Hilton College and serves on the development committee for the school. He has worked on a number of prominent projects, including Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital in Durban, Dr A.G Jeetoo Hospital in Mauritius and most recently, the K-RITH Tower Building at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine.
Beyond architecture, Jeremy’s interests include the restoration of classic and vintage cars, the preservation of historical railway coaches, and he serves on the EXCO of the South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR).
Heidi Boulanger (van Eeden) currently lives in Cape Town, South Africa, where she works as a professional Architect for studioMAS.
She obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Pretoria in 2013, receiving a cum laude and winning the National Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards for her thesis, ‘Machinarium’.
Heidi’s personal work focuses on regenerative Architecture and sustainable design solutions in a changing, 21st-Century context. Her research blurs the boundaries of architecture as a spatial construct by incorporating ecological principles, urban patterns, historical palimpsest and socio-economic concerns among other fields to generate new spatial theories for 21st-century design. Rather than suggesting concrete solutions, Heidi believes in the ability of Architectural conjecture to provoke further debate across various fields.
She has collaborated with the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction on several occasions – travelling to Beirut (2014), New York (2015) and Nairobi (2017) to attend and speak at sustainable conferences – and was awarded first place in the LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Architecture (Next Generation) in 2017 for her work in Soshanguve, Tshwane, entitled ‘Brick(work)s’.
Dr Carin Combrinck has been teaching in the department of Architecture at University of Pretoria since 2010, where she heads up the research field of Human Settlements and Urbanism. Having been a practicing architect for fifteen years prior to that, her focus in the academy has been largely to develop a socially responsive approach to the production of architecture, a process that relies on participative field research and collaborative design practices. In this regard, her interest has been on developing an awareness of spatial redress that manifests in the peripheral areas in and around our cities, such as townships and informal settlements. This also informed the topic of her PhD: Addressing the marginality of the architectural profession in the South African discourse on informal settlement upgrade, which was completed in 2015. Her current endeavours include the establishment of a Unit for Urban Citizenship within the faculty, with the intent of enabling curriculum transformation and social impact through community engagement.
Nabeel Essa is the principal of the award-winning exhibition and heritage specialist architectural practice OFFICE 24|7 ARCHITECTURE. The practice has unique curatorial and design skills in combining spatial understanding with new ways of re- interpreting museums and exhibitions.
Passive efficient design ensures ecological and economical balanced development – a need to provide present development demands / needs without deteriorating the environment for future generations.
Henning’s extensive experience in the development world leads to a “people driven” approach in community participation projects. Project development (profitability, project management and programming for development of different natures) in co-operation with both sophisticated contractors as well as emerging contractors, ensures quality and appropriate implementation.
The need for basic, decentralised services in Southern Africa is the central drive for self-help development. Henning’s expertise and mission lies in organising these processes and finding appropriate solutions.
Henning Holm has been acknowledge by his piers with numerous awards. These include: Corobrick award 1990, TEMMI award 1991, Architects award for green living 2008, Mail & Guardian award for sustainable architecture 2010, SANEA energy award 2009 and 2011 and Eskom eta-award 2010 and 2013.
Henning, born in October 1968, completed is architectural studies at the University of Pretoria in 1991. After working for twelve years at leading architectural companies, he established the energy consultancy Holms and Friends in 2003.
Guy Briggs joined dhk in 2012 as Head of Urban Design and was appointed Director in 2015. He has extensive experience in the development of urban design frameworks, design codes and design guidelines, urban regeneration, development strategy and master planning locally and internationally. Guy has lectured in the UK, USA and SA and has published his work in aspects of regeneration, urbanism and sustainability. He previously spent 12 years in London as Urban Design Director at EDAW (now AECOM). Guy is a SACAP registered architect, a member of the Urban Design Institute of South Africa, an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism (UK), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK).
Dr. Nkambule studied at the University of Pretoria in 2005 (BSc Arch) and 2008 (MArch(Prof)) after only completing his first year at the University of Swaziland in 2002 ( B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics). He worked as an intern both in Pretoria and Swaziland during the period 2003- 2010 with various practices on small and large projects. He worked for KWP Architects in Pretoria between 2003 and 2008 and from 2009 to 2010 he worked for Brad Walker Architects in Mbabne, Swaziland, while teaching at the Swaziland College of Technology.
HANNAH LE ROUX
Hannah le Roux is an architect and an educator in the Wits University School of Architecture and Planning. Her work revisits the modernist project in architecture in Africa, and considers how its transformation through the agency of African users presents a conceptual model for contemporary design. From a Southern African perspective she experienced how apartheid and colonial constructions are erased and overlain by other human actions. She has written on these dynamics in blank_architecture, apartheid and after, Narrating Architecture, Afropolis and The Journal of Architecture as well as through exhibitions in Johannesburg, Brussels and Rotterdam, and design research in the spatialities of diaspora coffee ceremonies and informal soccer games. She is currently a Mellon research fellow in the Canadian Centre for Architecture project, The Invention of the Environment in Architecture.
ADRIAN DE VILLIERS
Adrian de Villiers is a Chief Architect for Heritage Advisory Services within Architectural Services at the National Department of Public Works in Pretoria. After qualifying in a Bachelors Degree in Architecture at the University of Pretoria, he has spent much of career in the private sector in architectural practices. The NDPW is the State custodian of several historic sites of high cultural significance within the Republic. Adrian’s eight year office at the Department has focused his passion on providing conservation-related information to the NDPW’s various consultants, working on renovation projects of the Department’s many hundred historic buildings. Within the spectrum of heritage and conservation, he has the privilege of engaging in the built environment with students and lecturers of the city’s academic institutions as well as provincial and local levels of government. When there’s time for diversion, Adrian spends time playing the piano or organ, collecting and restoring historic mechanical objects, with a focus on antique reed organs.
After completing his architectural degrees at the University of the Witwatersrand and working for seven years at Kate Otten Architects, Brendan’s love of conceptual design, architectural history and practice led him to co-found Mayat Hart Architects as a means of furthering his architectural practice. Brendan is a part time lecturer at the School of Architecture and Planning at University of the Witwatersrand and holds a Masters of Philosophy in the Conservation of the Built Environment through the University of Cape Town.
Yasmin’s practice of architecture is combined with an interest in the history and identity of the diverse communities of Johannesburg. After completing a BSc at the University of Cape Town, Yasmin qualified as an architect at the University of the Witwatersrand. After working on a wide range of large scale projects at ASM Architects and Urban Designers, Yasmin completed a Masters of Philosophy in the Conservation of the Built Environment through the University of Cape Town. Yasmin co-found Mayat Hart Architects in 2012 and lectures history of Architecture at Wits University.