Architecture students beat the best in Southern Africa

NUST Architecture Honours students, Ndeshipanda Iita and Elao Martin, recently won the prestigious annual Murray & Roberts Des Baker Architecture Students Design Competition in South Africa. Their project, entitled “Architecture of Crisis – Windhoek Communal Borehole Wells,” was awarded the first prize ahead of 16 entries from mainly South African Schools of Architecture by a high-ranking international jury. The University of Cape Town and University of Pretoria took the second and third prizes respectively.

The Namibians’ winning project, which focused on the acute water crisis in Windhoek, proposes a city-wide intervention to provide communal water infrastructure which also functions as interactive community spaces. Iita and Martin expressed their excitement about winning and the recognition, which they believe, will contribute immensely to their portfolios.

The awards ceremony was part of this year’s biannual Architecture South Africa Congress held at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg under the theme: “Scale.” The competition was first introduced in 1983 in honour of the late Des Baker who was the Executive Chairman of Murray & Roberts for 34 years before he died. The competition, open to all students of architecture at South African universities, was this year, for the first time, opened to universities from the Southern African region. The NUST Department of Architecture and Spatial Planning was the only School of Architecture outside South Africa that entered what is widely considered as the most prestigious student architecture competition in Southern Africa.

A lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Spatial Planning, Philip Lühl, said this is another great achievement for the Department that was started only six years ago. “This makes us extremely proud and we are growing by leaps and bounds. Just recently, our Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture Honours programmes were granted unconditional validation status by the Namibia Council for Architects and Quantity Surveyors),” Lühl said. He thanked the Namibia Institute of Architects and the Faculty of Natural Resources and Spatial Sciences for supporting the students’ participation in the conference.

Date: 
Friday, September 16, 2016
for Month: 
September, 2016

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