The AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation programme

Entries Close: 28 March 2018

All submissions should be finalised and submitted by end of day 28 March 2018. The panel of adjudicators, convened by the SAIA President, will meet the week of 13 April 2018 to select the projects it wishes to inspect from the submitted entries. The panel has the right to disqualify an entry after the loco inspection and/or evaluation.

They will adjudicate all entries and recommend to SAIA which projects should be awarded the AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation.

Maryke Cronje

I am a qualified Architect and have been practising as a Professional Architect for the past 27 years in various fields. I'm highly experienced in the design and implementation of Data and Switching Centres, Energy Centres, Distribution /Logistics Projects and Service Centres. I tackle each project with enthusiasm and am committed to the design and implementation of aesthetically pleasing buildings with well coordinated services. Highly technical buildings designed to the exacting Uptime and TUVIT is my speciality. I serve as a committee member on the PIA and am registered as a Professional Architect at SACAP as well as a member of SAIA.

I will :

  • strive to maintain SAIA's Code of Ethics, and work for the general improvement thereof;
  • promote a true understanding of architecture and design among the professional architects and
  • community;
  • support the collaboration of like‐minded organisations (PIA, GIFA, CIA etc);
  • promote the association of Architects.

Richard Stretton

Richard Stretton is the founder of Koop Design, a small architecture and furniture design studio in Durban, South Africa. Koop has won numerous awards for architecture, sustainability and product design. Koop has been awarded the 2010 Afrisam-SAIA award for sustainable architecture as well as the 2014 Afrisam-SAIA award for the delivery of an alternative, sustainable building typology.

Richard Stretton has built, designed and manufactured using timber throughout his professional life. Early projects in remote Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal, where he lived with a local community, assisting with the development of a tourism camp, set the foundation for a design company that looks carefully at local human and material resources, capacities and the opportunity for skill development and community co-operation in the building process. Buildings and systems have been designed that produce cost effective, recycled material, basic need amenities as well as luxurious, finely crafted buildings and furniture. Projects have been initiated that use alien timbers, dried in solar kilns for the production of furniture, apparatus for early childhood development crèches in remote communities and structural systems.

Koop’s ongoing research is focused in the use of sustainable systems for the delivery of public service structures, the development of small and micro businesses to produce the components for these buildings as well as changing the perception of the use of timber in public buildings and housing in South Africa.

Emmanuel Nkambule

Emmanuel Nkambule has a Masters of Architecture degree at the University of Pretoria. From 2009 to 2010 he worked for Brad Walker Architects in Swaziland while lecturing at the Swaziland College of Technology in Mbabane. During this time he served as a panel member for 2010 European Union-funded projects, under the education sector, adjudicating tenders on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development in Swaziland. In 2011 he joined the Department of Architecture at the University of Pretoria as a part-time lecturer while pursuing a PhD, which was awarded in 2016. During this period Nkambule collaborated in research and architectural practice activities.

He also contributed to the drafting of the White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities submitted in July 2015 on issues related to the built environment. In 2016, Nkambule served as a member of both the Research Committee of the Department of Architecture and Institutional Culture Committee (Transformation) at University of Pretoria.

In the beginning of 2017 Nkambule joined the Department of Architecture at the Tshwane University of Technology, as a senior lecturer, where he intends to establish a design-through-making research approach, focusing on service delivery design and technical solutions for the in-situ improvement in informal settlements. He is also serving as a reviewer for the Geoforum Journal.

Dr Sechaba Maape

Sechaba Maape is a lecturer at the Wits School of Architecture and planning. Sechaba’s academic focus is on issues of sustainability in architecture, particularly relating to indigenous knowledge, placemaking and deep history. Sechaba was born in the small town of Kuruman in the Northern Cape Province. In his Master of Architecture (Professional) year, which he completed at Wits, Sechaba focused on the history of his home Kuruman tracing it back to the early hunter gatherers, through the apartheid era till present day.

Sechaba continued his research in a PhD study supervised by Prof Daniel Irurah and Prof Francis Thackeray in which he looked closer at climate and environmental variability adaptation again focusing on early Bushman hunter gatherers as a case study. His study concluded that rituals were a key adaptive tool that allowed early humans to mediate their relationship to place as a method of mitigating maladaptation and thus increasing resilience. Sechaba is currently supervising in the Masters in Sustainable Energy Efficient Cities (MArch.SEEC), 1 year Design Studio and runs 1 year Theories and Histories of Architecture. He is also involved in the running of the architecture programmes Digital Fabrication Lab at Wits University in which he is currently undertaking various research projects in conjunction with the Evolutionary Studies Institute.

In his professional capacity, Sechaba has given consultation to various government departments regarding sustainable architecture policies, including the new Department of Public Works Green Building Policy, as well as the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency Strategy for public buildings. Sechaba was also the programme developer and facilitator for the GIZ/ Global Change and Sustainability Research Institute’s (GCSRI) Leadership in Energy Transitions programme. Sechaba has also been involved in architectural projects in the Northern Cape, particularly looking at the way in which sustainable architecture can be integrated into the worldviews of indigenous people in the area.

Philippa Tumubweinee

Philippa Tumubweinee is a senior lecturer and Doctoral student at the University of the Free State. After completing her M.Arch. Prof degree in 2006 with a notable distinction, Tumubweinee was introduced to academia while teaching at the department of Architecture, University of Pretoria, followed by an appointment to the department of Architecture, University of Johannesburg.

In 2008 Tumubweinee and Denver Hendricks co-founded IZUBA INafrica Architects and from 2008 - 2012 she served on the board for the Gauteng Institute for Architects GIfA and contributed to the re-branding and rejuvenation of the Institute as an active vehicle through which Architects and Architecture are disseminated into the broader society. As a member of this Board, Philippa Tumubweinee was privileged to be part of the project team that brought that first international Architectural Festival AZA 2010 to the shores of South Africa. In 2012 she was the co-Master of Programme and Ceremonies at the second AZA 2012 Architectural Conference in Cape Town and gave the keynote at the NEXUS Architectural Students Conference, Australia. In 2013 she was asked to be a part the prestigious AfriSAM Sustainability Awards panel.

Niraksha Singh

Singh completed her B.Sc. Honours degree in Geology and Applied Geology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Singh gained valuable experience at a number of the Anglo American gold mines as she worked her way up from being a MIT (manager in training) to the position of Senior Geologist. Niraksha left Anglo American in 2005, and joined Richards Bay Minerals. In her five years at the company Singh was promoted from Geologist, to Head of Mine Design, to Head of Mine Development, to Acting Manager: Mine Development to Plant Superintendent. In 2009 Niraksha joined AfriSam (SA) (Pty) Ltd as a Raw Materials Manager. As the Raw Materials Manager, Singh ensured the provision of technical and legal expertise to enable the company to extract and source raw materials optimally within the legal framework of the Mine, Health and Safety Act (MHSA). In 2015, Singh was promoted to the Raw Materials and Sustainability Manager, a role she is currently fulfilling. In this role, the AfriSam Group Sustainability (inclusive of Safety, Health, Occupational Hygiene, and Environmental management) was added to her functions. She acquired an MBA in 2010.

Having worked at various sites in Africa, Singh has managed to harness the ability to work with individuals from various social, economic, and educational backgrounds, affording her the opportunity to successfully liaise and interact with diverse individuals from all walks of life.