The PIA Design Build Expo and Conference saw a great line-up of speakers, an exhibition of building products, movie screenings and a project expo.

With the vision to create healthy networking opportunities within the local built environment and promote up-to-date technical know-how, the first PIA Design Build Expo and Conference was hosted by the Pretoria Institute for Architects (PIA) in conjunction with the Departments of Architecture at the University of Pretoria and Tshwane University of Technology in October.

Held at Market @ The Sheds at 012 Central in Pretoria, the two-day event saw a range of technical talks and presentations which ran parallel with architectural movie screenings.

Speakers included Brigitte Prior from Promac Paints, who explained appropriate surface preparation prior to the coating of buildings with a big focus on older buildings that are being revamped. She also discussed reasons for failures.

Dewaal van Heerden from Energy Partners shed some light on the different types and sizes of photovoltaic rooftop installations on commercial buildings, while Alan Matthews gave some tips for architects to advise their clients on.

Inspiring architects with his presentation on contemporary concrete, architect and lecturer Daniel van der Merwe showed exciting, modern building projects and innovative applications of this basic building material.

Braam de Villiers from Earthworld Architects spoke passionately about architecture and manufacturing.

Pretoria Institute for Architecture
Tel: 012 346 1051
Website: www.pia.org.za

Caption: The PPC Cement exhibition stand