Archi-journal thanks lifelong sponsor

by Tania Wannenburg
Archi journal thanks lifelong sponsor COROBRIK

As part of the 40th anniversary of the SAIA KZN Journal, Corobrik has been honoured as the sole sponsor of the publication over the last four decades.

The South African Institute of Architects KwaZulu-Natal (SAIA KZN) has presented Corobrik with a special award that recognised the clay-brick manufacturing company’s sole and continuous sponsorship of the SAIA KZN Journal since it was first published 40 years ago.

The award was handed over at the WeDesign 2016 Conference, which was organised by SAIA KZN, at the Durban City Hall on 8 July.

Ruben Reddy, president of SAIA KZN, noted that 1976, the year in which Corobrik began its sponsorship of the journal, marked the start of the rapport between industry and the architectural profession.       

“In an age in which sustainability is the criteria, the brick remains one of the most versatile and functional inventions in the history of architecture. It is standardised, each brick can be lifted by one hand and no machinery is required,” he said.

“In the words of Mies van der Rohe, one of the most important architects of the 20th century: ‘Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins.’ This is akin to the relationship between Corobrik and SAIA KZN. It began when brick-maker and profession carefully ‘put two bricks together’ to explore a rapport by way of a quality publication towards promoting the objectives of both parties, and demonstrates what can be achieved through an association such as this.”
The SAIA KZN Journal is produced three times a year and has been at the heart of KwaZulu-Natal architecture for four decades, with some 135 issues being published.
After receiving the award, Corobrik chairman, Peter du Trevou, commented: “Corobrik has a long history of supporting the field of architecture in this country through our involvement with the biennial Architectural Awards, the Architectural Student of the Year Awards and other initiatives. This has been a mutually beneficially relationship which we hope will continue for many years to come.”

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The award was presented to Corobrik’s managing director, Dirk Meyer, and chairman, Peter du Trevou, standing in front. Behind them are Prof Walter Peters, Kevin Bingham, Ruben Reddy, Nina Saunders, Trish Emmett, Ivor Daniel and Prof Rodney Harber.

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