The regional awards for the 31st Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year awards was held at the University of Johannesburg in January 2018. Corobrik’s Commercial Director, Musa Shangase, told the winners that they are the architects that will lead the way towards more sustainable living in an era of super connectivity, 3D printing, nanotechnology, quantum computing and more.

The winner of the regional awards was Sarah Treherne, who received R8500, while the runner up prize was shared between Mandy Shindler and Sabine Waskow, each receiving R5500. Amanda Barnard received a R4500 prize for the best use of clay masonry.

Sarah Treherne’s thesis is entitled The Subverse: Monuments to Hypertextuality.

“At first reading, parables and fairy-tales may appear to have little do with architecture, but architecture is as much concerned with communication and storytelling as it is with shelter. The Subverse: Monuments to Hypertextuality is a series of six stage sets that harness the dual nature of fiction and theatre to confront the sensitive themes of privilege, patrimony, corruption and collusion in post-apartheid South Africa,” says Sarah.

Architectural students from eight major universities in South Africa receive regional awards throughout the year. The winners of each of the regional competitions then compete for the national title and a prize of R50 000 at the Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards, which is to be held in Johannesburg in April 2018.

“Corobrik is extremely proud to recognise works of excellence that will be the mainstay of the architectural map of the future,” said Musa.

For more information, contact Corobrik on Tel: +27 (11) 871 8600 or via www.corobrik.co.za.

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