On 2 June, the Designer, Architect, Specifier (DAS) event took place at the aha Gateway Hotel in Durban – the second event of the year post-pandemic.

It was yet again another entertaining and enlightening day for the architects, quantity surveyors (QSs) and designers who attended.

The programme

The full programme started with three very talented professionals from the multi-award interior design company, Design Partnership in Australia. Roberto Zambri, Callie van der Merwe and Calvin Janse van Rensburg addressed “Design for Predictive human behaviour”.

Second for the day was “Building new horizons”,with Njabulo Sidaki from BMI Coverland.

“Giving back – Durban’s new Ocean Cruise Terminal” was presented by George Elphick and Greg Gordge from Elphick Proome Architects.

Ruben Reddy from Ruben Reddy Architects and Sikumbuzo Mtembu, president of SAIA in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN),gave an honest perspective and update on the industry’s dialogue with the government as it relates to the recent KZN floods and reconstruction efforts.

The challenges and lessons learend from the award winning Dukkah Restaurant and Bar – Richard Stretton – Koop Design.

The final guest of the day, Professor Cristina Trois from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) School of Environmental Engineering and SARCHI chairperson for waste and climate change, addressed “Building the sustainable African city”.

Feedback from visitors

  • Interesting speakers and well organised.
  • Well organised, thank you.
  • Very enriching, educational, and informative discussions and presentations.
  • Good array of presentations.
  • Thanks! I love it, as I hate Zoom/Skype.
  • Good run conference.
  • Refreshing conference.
  • Well done, awesome.
  • Great presentations.
  • Really good event, thanks!

A huge thank you to all the sponsors for making this day possible:

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