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Voice of SAIA

AZA2018, a Winner

Architecture ZA 2018 (AZA2018), the South African Institute of Architecture’s (SAIA) official conference, was hosted in Pretoria at the inner city 012-venue from 3 to 5 May 2018.


This highly successful event comprised keynote sessions by international architects, parallel sessions with presentations by SAIA members, exhibitions, tours and official evening events. The AZA2018 was co-hosted by the Departments of Architecture of both the University of Pretoria (UP) and the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). The event was well-attended by architects, students, and sponsors and other built environment professionals. AZA2018’s theme was “WeTheCity: Memory & Resilience”. Plenary and parallel sessions were structured according to how key thinkers and practitioners engage around the often-contentious topics of heritage and memory.

The idea of resilience inspired further presentations which often overlapped with the idea of memory. International keynote presenters were selected in terms of their ability to address AZA2018’s themes, with all but one living and working in other BRICS countries. Carefully curated exhibitions were laid out to form the threshold upon entering the main venue space and were a key focus at this conference. The venue worked well with many spatial opportunities being created for the enjoyment of the exhibitions. These included: concrete urban furniture blocks by TUT students, Pretoria inner city: formation and transformation exhibition; PPC Imaginarium Competition and Boukunde’s 75th year exhibition

The poster exhibition of entries into the national Corobrik SAIA Awards was situated at the venue’s entrance and attracted lots of attention. Entrants into these awards were chosen as speakers to enrich the AZA2018’s content and to give depth and contrast to topics under discussion. Overall, the response to AZA2018 was overwhelmingly positive and SAIA thanks all who contributed to its success.


Bryan Wallis, Acting CEO, The South African Institute of Architects

Issue 24

Issue 24

July 2018

This article was featured on page 12 of
To Build Magazine Issue 24.

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