For the 2015/ 2016 AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation the two mainstay categories of Sustainable Architecture and Research in Sustainability are now joined by Sustainable Products and Technology and Sustainable Social Programmes

This means that a full scope of visionaries working in the field of sustainable architecture, construction and innovation will now be recognised by this prestigious award, presented bi-annually by AfriSam and the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA).

Two visionary award-winning projects for 2011/12, the Vele Secondary School by East Coast Architects and Lebone II College by Activate Architects and Afritects, embraced the opportunity for collaborations that address the orientation, access and awareness of the education of sustainable development in Southern Africa.

“Schools play a critical role in the life of communities, especially those situated in remote areas which are typically under-served by other public or private institutions and, consequently, offer few opportunities for social, cultural, or economic growth” say East Coast Architects. “Schools in these areas have the vast potential to serve, not only as educational institutions, but also as centres of the community, vibrant hubs that radiate opportunities for learning and growth outward to all members of the surrounding community.”

These sorts of inspiring projects allow the AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation to promote the integration of community, planning, design, architecture, building practice, natural systems and technology that sits at the heart of the award.

“The inclusion of the two new award categories is a recognition of the way that individuals and communities experience sustainable innovation – and that is through the broad built environments in which they live, work, play, commute and learn,” comments AfriSam’s CEO Stephan Olivier. “It is also a recognition of the fact that we are now fully in a new era that recognises that sustainable design has to be a non-negotiable, integral part of the building industry from the very start of a project.”

“The emphasis is no longer on just the architecture and building practice,” adds Kevin Bingham, Vice President of SAIA. “It is now on the sustained collaboration and ongoing innovation of these two key stakeholders working with communities, natural systems, technology and planning across all levels. This is the only way to bring sustainable innovation to the inhabitable environments that all our communities find themselves in on a daily basis.”

Online entries for the 2015/2016 AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation are now open. Go to our webpage to find more detailed information on each of the categories, as well as the judging panel and closing dates, and to view past submissions and awarded projects. We have also created a seamless and accessible online entry platform should you have your own project, or be involved in one, that you believe qualifies for entry.

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