AZA16 keeps things fresh and ‘fringe’ with a series of presentations by a selection of student competition winners and top recent Wits MArch graduates.
Wits MArch Achievers
Sarah de Villiers
Sarah recently graduated from the Wits University, her thesis winning the regional Corobrik of the Year award for 2014. Following graduation, she co-founded the experimental firm, Counterspace, currently run together with Sumayya Vally and Amina Kaskar. She is also currently engaged as a candidate architect at Mashabane Rose Associates.
Nanoo qualified with his thesis titled The Existential Theatre Presents The Reincarnation of Architecture in 2015. He has worked on various architectural projects ranging from small to medium scale commercial and residential projects. His passion lies in architectural research regarding semiotics and the etymologies of typologies, as well as existential theories and their close relation to architecture, namely object related ontology. He is currently working at Ink Design Lab.
9th Carl & Emily Fuchs Foundation Competition Winners
This national BAS Honours competition considers both students’ portfolios and their design abilities in a 24-hour design task which, this year, required the re-imagining of Joubert Park, Johannesburg as a blueprint for parks of the future. Listen to the three winners explain their schemes and their design philosophies.
Gideon Malherbe (BAS 2014, UCT) is interested in the ownership of space. His recent work employs the limbic coding as a tool to help form a bond between owner and space.
Leoné Pieters (BSc Arch 2014, UCT) studies the relationship between people, place and time – and the way in which architecture can express people’s sense of themselves, their stories and their memories.
Judy Cizek (BAS 2014, NMMU) has focused on materiality and phenomenology in architecture.
Saint-Gobain Isover Multi-Comfort Contest Winners
This is the first time South Africa has participated in this annual international competition, held in various climatically challenging locations where teams push the boundaries of architecture and sustainability. Students from UJ won first and second prize nationally, with the winning team going on to compete in Minsk, Belarus against 53 other international teams from 23 countries. Despite many challenges, the team was placed 2nd overall, the highest ever placement of any first time entrants in the history of the competition, leaving a truly positive South African mark on the global architecture community.
Miguel Carvalho, James Russwurm and Tiago Vasconcelos (1st prize National, 2nd prize International)
Steven Moore, Kyle Hollis and Paul Tatham (2nd prize National)