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Seven awards and four commendations

Online since 5.03.2017 • Filed under Professions - Architecture • From Issue 20 page(s) 34-35
Seven awards and four commendations

Seven awards and four commended projects were announced in the 2015/2016 AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation at the gala event in Cape Town late in 2016. To Build was there to report on proceedings.

The 11 projects chosen by the award adjudicators were among a total of 22 final qualifying entries selected from a record number of eligible submissions earlier this year. ‘The awarded and commended projects amply demonstrate the three main criteria that the adjudicating panel was looking at – regeneration, reconciliation and restoration,’ commented Richard Tomes from AfriSam. ‘These projects all make the world a better place by minimising their impact on the environment. They also bear the hallmarks of great architectural and social design. Together they represent the very best in sustainable architecture and innovation,’ he added. The increasing importance of sustainable and innovative design practice in the South African built environment was confirmed across all four categories of the 2015/2016 AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation.

Category A - Sustainable Architecture, saw three Awarded projects – the DEA Building by Boogertman+Partners Architects, Gorgeous Green House by Sagnelli Associate Architects and Oudebosch Camp, Kogelberg by Architecture Coop. These were joined by four Commended projects – Earthworld Architects’ iCat Eco Factory, Local Studio’s Outreach Foundation Community Centre, Daffonchio & Associate Architects’ Maboneng Precinct and WWF SA Braamfontein by Alive Architecture.

Category B - The Award for Research in Sustainability went to Designing Hope for Pathways to Regenerative Sustainability, a book by Chrisna Du Plessis

Category C Sustainable Product/Technology went to Paul Marais’ Otto Cottage.

 Category D - Sustainable Social Programme

- There were two Awarded Projects in this category

- buildCollectiveNPO with Carinthia University of Applied Science’s Bridging Mzamba and Architecture for a Change’s Malawi School.

Outstanding ceremony and venue

It was indeed impressive and worthy of the projects on display. The 2015/2016 AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation took place in a unique space adjacent to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, a project supported by AfriSam. It was attended by representatives of leading architectural practices, construction companies, social businesses, thought-leaders in the country and the media.

‘The awards are a resounding endorsement of sustainable and innovative design practice in the South African built environment’, said Kevin Bingham, Awards Convenor and SAIA Vice- President. ‘We have entered a new era in which sustainable design is becoming a non-negotiable, integral part of the building industry. Alongside significantly impacting the lives of those who use them, the Awarded and Commended projects provide fantastic inspiration for architects, and indeed everyone playing a part in our built environment,’ he added.

The adjudicators of the 2015/2016 AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation were Kevin Bingham (convener), Daniel Irurah, Llewellyn van Wyk, Sebasti Badenhorst , Eric Noir and Richard Stretton.

AfriSam and the South African Institute of Architects




Issue 20

Issue 20

March 2017

This article was featured on page 34-35 of
To Build Magazine Issue 20.

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