The exhibition, which was open to the campus community as well as the general public, also honoured the two NUST students who won the competition.
The event showcased the 16 entries to the prestigious competition, most from South African Universities. The project aimed to encourage students to suggest and devise different solutions to challenges facing different cities, such as homelessness and crime, from an architectural perspective.
Launching the exhibition, NUST Vice-Chancellor, Tjama Tjivikua, went down memory lane and highlighted the challenges faced in establishing the Department in 2010. He was elated that despite the tremendous challenges, the Department is excelling among universities that were established many years ago. “Even if we come from humble beginnings, we can still make an impact. This Department is certainly competing with internationally recognised institutions,” he said.
Over the years, the young Department has won a number of accolades, locally and internationally. The Namibia Institute of Architects (NIA) has opened its doors to students who may now become members of the non-profit statutory institution. Previously this status was exclusively for registered architects.
Willem Dewulf, the President of NIA, who made the announcement at the exhibition, said the decision will enable the young people to forge partnerships with industry and build much-needed networks for their careers.
Prof Sampson Umenne, the Head of the DASP, welcomed the gesture and urged students to grab the various opportunities. He applauded the Namibia Council for Architects and Quantity Surveyors (NCAQS) for endorsing the Professional Master of Architecture programme to be introduced at the University in 2017.