The brief for the 2016 Caesarstone Student Designer competition was Education & Incubation.

Every year, design institutions and universities across South Africa partake in the Caesarstone Student Designer competition. Faculties are invited to submit the top five entries amongst their second and third year architecture and design students for adjudication.

The brief for the 2016 Caesarstone Student Designer competition was Education & Incubation and this theme was conceptualised by Dorothy van’t Riet of Dorothy van’t Riet Decor & Design Consultants, a well-known South African interior designer and longstanding competition judge.

Dorothy says this year’s brief took students to a place where the student and their thinking were challenged.

“This year’s theme addressed agriculture and unemployment in South Africa, and required students to think about real solutions to some very real problems,” says Dorothy.

Jonathan Anstey, who is one of the founding judges of the competition, said that this brief was the best one yet.

“The scope and relevance of this year’s brief offered incredible depth to the design projects students undertook and seems to have really inspired the participants,” says Jonathan.

In October 2016, the judges gathered at the Vineyard Hotel Conference Centre to review the design submissions.

Competition judge and South African architect, Stefan Antoni, said that the competition level of the 2016 event was the best to date even though fewer entries were received.

“We have even recommended that the top three submissions be submitted to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as viable projects to be considered for implementation,” says Stefan.

The 9 finalists selected for the competition are:

• Kasha Botha, Tshwane University of Technology, Department of Interior Design, Lecturer: Jolene Kotze
• Douw de Kock, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Department of Interior Design, Lecturer: Colleen Cocotos
• Marnich Moller, BHC School of Design, Department of Interior Design, Lecturer: Donna Wills
• Muhammed Sadiq Noordien, Tshwane University of Technology, Department of Interior Design, Lecturer: Rene van der Merwe
• Craig Stevens, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Department of Interior Design, Lecturer: Colleen Cocotos
• Jeandre Toua, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Department of Interior Design, Lecturer: Colleen Cocotos
• Anke van Dyk, BHC School of Design, Department of Interior Design, Lecturer: Donna Wills
• Erik van Renssen, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Department of Interior Design, Lecturer: Colleen Cocotos
• Luke Zanon, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Department of Interior Design, Lecturer: Colleen Cocotos

Each finalist will be flown to Johannesburg along with their lecturer to attend the awards evening where the top three students will be announced. First prize is an all-expenses paid trip to an overseas design fair of their choice, worth R100 000, and second and third prize will receive R10 000 and R5 000 cash respectively.

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