Another successful Art in Architecture event

by Tania Wannenburg
Another successfull

On 13 September 2013, WALLS & ROOFS in Africa – in conjunction with the Gauteng and Pretoria Institutes for Architecture, and assisted by sister magazine FLOORS in Africa – hosted the second successful CPD-accredited Art in Architecture event in Pretoria.



On 13 September 2013, WALLS & ROOFS in Africa – in conjunction with the Gauteng and Pretoria Institutes for Architecture, and assisted by sister magazine FLOORS in Africa – hosted the second successful CPD-accredited Art in Architecture event in Pretoria.

In accordance with the Architectural Profession Act (Act 44 of 2000), Section 22(2), and the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP), this event provides architects with 0,5 points for their Continued Professional Development Programme, which is compulsory for them.

With the celebrated architect Hugh Fraser as master of ceremonies, delegates were treated to a host of well-known expert presentations, including Brian McKechnie, Helen Gurura and Pieter Mathews.

Brian McKechnie (Pic)
Brian obtained a professional masters’ degree in architecture from the University of Pretoria in 2005. He has a keen interest in the preservation of city heritage as a catalyst for urban regeneration, and what he terms “combatting the generic global bland”.

Brian has been involved in various initiatives to expose the public to Johannesburg’s architectural and social heritage in an effort to preserve this rich cultural resource for future generations, and has conceptualised and implemented mixed-use redevelopment in the central business district (CBD) for private investors as well as local government agencies; bringing new development and capital into the city, without compromising the historical fabric of urban Johannesburg.
His presentation gave an exciting review and comment on urban acupuncture, aesthetics and delight in architecture.

Helen Gurura
Helen is an architectural colour design consultant and the resident architectural colour specialist at Cedar Paint (one of the event’s gold sponsors). She is also vice-president of the International Association of Colour Consultants and Designers/International Committee representing South Africa.

She obtained her MPhil. postgraduate research degree at the Colour & Imaging Institute, University of Derby, England, UK; and a BSc. (Hons.) in psychology at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare.

She also holds an international colour consultant/designer diploma from the International Association of Colour Consultants & Designers (IACC) in collaboration with the American Information Centre for Colour and the Environment (AICCE) in San Diego, California, USA; and is a member of the International Association of Colour Consultants and Designers (IACC) in North America and the Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC) in Bradford, UK.

In her presentation, Helen explored the complexities in colour specification, visual ergonomics and colour design.

Pieter Mathews
Pieter was born in Lichtenburg, Northwest province, where he matriculated in 1985 (head boy). He obtained a degree in architecture at the University of Pretoria (1991), receiving the prestigious Gold Fields of South Africa Scholarship for Architecture. He completed part of his practical training in London, after which he travelled extensively around the globe.

He is the principal of Mathews & Associates Architects, based in Pretoria, and is
currently the president of the Pretoria Institute for Architecture (PIA), and an ex-board member of the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) and the Cool Capital 2014 Biennale convener.

He has published two well-received books, Detail Housed and Architexture, edited the PIA Contemporary Capital publication and is publishing manager for Construction Primer by Hans Wegelin. Pieter was De Kat magazine’s architectural editor and assisted from time to time as presenter on De Kat TV. He has also made more than 20 television appearances on various design programmes showcasing his firm’s designs.

The PIA President’s Award was bestowed on him in 2005, followed by the University of Pretoria Department of Architecture Zero Hour recognition (Edition 3) in 2012.

Pieter’s presentation gave an overview of Pretoria’s “Cool Capital” project’s design innovations and modern design interventions – a citizen-driven initiative with the aim of bringing design into the public domain.

The morning event was a complete success, attended by over 140 people, and sponsored by Safintra, Cedar Paint, Versus, Crealco/U-solve, Medal Paints and Coverland.

Sally Stromnes
Sally is the national marketing executive and strategic counsel at the Safintra Group. She gave a slide presentation on the Renaissance of steel roofing and compliance with SANS 10400, and the innovations around sustainability that lead the metal roofing’s Charge for Change.

The emphasis  of her presentation was on the sustainability of steel roofing,  which is 100% recyclable, has an extended service life, is thermally efficient, provides reduced absorption of heat, has low emissivity and readily accommodates above-roof solar harvesting attachments.
Safintra was a gold sponsor of the event.

Hermann Rolfes
Hermann, who is the managing director of Wispeco, gave the final presentation of the morning on aluminium window design for sustainable buildings.

His extremely informative slide presentation discussed the creativity of these modern aluminium designs, emphasising their innovation, energy-efficiency and compliance with green and all relevant standards.

Wispeco was a bronze sponsor of the event. Other sponsors included Coverland, Versus Paint, Chryso and Medal Paints.

Finally, Necira Photography was also a sponsor of this event, and offered a prize draw for a voucher for a photo shoot valued at R10 000.

Speaking after the event, Marlene van Rooyen, editor and business unit manager at Walls & Roofs in Africa, said: “I would like to thank Hugh Fraser for keeping the event on track; our sponsors, GIFA and PIA, our speakers, my team for putting this event together, and – most of all – the delegates who attended.”

Feedback from delegates
Dock Motsilanyane: “The presentations and food were just good.”
Lila Kruger: “Thanks a lot.”
Cliff Gouws: “Great, well done!”
Marius Badenhorst: “Great event.”
Linda Rennison: “Keep up the great work.”
Gwen Theron: “Thanks, we don’t have enough of these.”
EG Moldovanos: “Thank you for organising it.”
Pieter Swart: “Thank you.”
Johan Venter: “Your event was better organised than other CPD events.”
Sanisha Singh: “Lovely event, thank you.”
Riana Mostert: “It was great. Thank you.”
John Manning: “Well done.”

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