The 2018 Women in Architecture Workshop, sponsored by Corobrik, brought together professionals in architecture for presentations and conversations centred on the “Beyond the Binary” theme as well as fun teambuilding and networking on Friday, 24 August.

As part of the event, the ladies took part in a creative bricklaying workshop at Corobrik’s Avoca Factory, where they tried their hand at novice bricklaying and paving, coming up with some innovative designs.

“Those women work daily on massive projects, designing skyscrapers and putting together major property deals, but most of them have never actually had the chance to lay a brick before,” says Karuni Naidoo of CNN Architects, organiser of the Women in Architecture Workshop. “It was really wonderful to see the women working together in teams, really enjoying the process and demonstrating architects’ ‘out-of-box’ thinking in response to the morning’s ‘Beyond the Binary’ conversations.”

One of the teams’ own unique creation.

The women were organised in ten groups, with half assigned a paving project and the other half a 1m x 1m wall-building project. The teams completed their individual patterns into a cohesive W-shaped design. Corobrik’s Derek Dimba demonstrated laying bricks in a stretcher-bond pattern, as well as the correct way of buttering and pointing. Using the instruction as a basic foundation, the women then designed their own unique creations. Some real hands-on skills were shared by the Corobrik brick-laying interns assigned to each team.

“Bricklaying is fundamental to the construction of any development, and the technical ability and skills needed are often overlooked,” says Dirk Meyer, chief executive officer of Corobrik. “It was so interesting to hear the feedback on this workshop, how much was learnt about the bricklaying process, and then seeing the individual interpretations.”

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