Conference on architecture & design in Africa

by Tania Wannenburg

Floors in Africa magazine’s Editor recently attended Architecture + Interior Design Africa, a conference held alongside Decorex Joburg and 100% Design South Africa.

The Editor of Floors in Africa magazine, Roxanne Mancini, recently attended Architecture + Interior Design Africa, an innovative conference alongside Decorex Joburg and 100% Design South Africa, which took place over two half days.

This conference inspires conversations and teaching in the fields of architecture, interiors and building with a particular focus on Africa. Presented by industry professionals who have successfully established themselves within the Southern African and African markets, these not- to-be-missed talks aimed to promote design and development, share key business knowledge and highlight creative collaboration in Africa.

Attendees were encouraged to attend both days to benefit from the exciting speaker line-up. The first day of the conference, themed Insight Influence Inspiration, focused on exploring the creative side of architectural and interior design projects and the inspirational work being done on the continent. Speakers sharing their knowledge included: Joanne Valasis, Head Architect and Designer at Propertuity, the property developers behind the Maboneng Precinct; Aidan Hart, Creative Director of InHouse Brand Architects; also well-known Interior Designer Yvonne O’Brien.

In turn, day two of the conference, themed Building Africa, focused on the business side of Architecture and Interior Design, where speakers shared their knowledge and experience relating to business thinking within design. Speakers included Gavin Mageni, Head of the SABS Design Institute, and Daniel van der Merwe, Architect for PPC and current President of GIfA (Gauteng Institute for Architecture).

Roxanne highlights: “At this conference we were reminded of the design talent our beautiful country has to offer. It also encouraged confidence in the future of our economy and of course we received many new insights on what it takes to do business in other parts of Africa.”

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