This year’s #AZA18 will be hosted at 012central in the Pretoria inner city from 3 to 5 May 2018 by the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA), co-hosted by the University of Pretoria (UP) and the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).

The theme for #AZA18 is “WeTheCity: Memory & Resilience” and the programme will focus on how we, as individuals and as a collective, can continue to change the way we live, interact and survive in urban environments. A number of prominent, award-winning local and international speakers will be sharing their experiences at the event.

Since its launch in 2010, AZA has become a significant national multi-disciplinary design symposium, highlighting the role of design in economic and social endeavours, and creating a platform for engagement and the sharing of work, projects and ideas. The international list of speakers at #AZA18 includes Chilean architect Enrique Browne, Mexico’s Gabriela Carrillo, and Mumbai-based Sameep Padora. The organisers of this year’s event have also put together a flexible programme in response to local economic considerations and in order to accommodate both working professionals and students. One-Day rates, keynote presentations in the evenings, and reasonable delegate packages make it possible for more people to attend this year’s event.

About the speakers
Sameep Padora’s work covers projects across a range of socio-economic and cultural contexts, exploring how traditional techniques can be appropriated through a process of evolution, and informed by global and regional networks, to become relevant in a contemporary context.

“I believe the greatest challenge we face is the relevance of our profession, and whether or not our profession has a role to play in addressing real challenges that face our society today – from affordable housing to the environment, to the politics embedded in the act of building,” says Sameep.

Gabriela Carrillo was hailed as “Architect of the Year” in the 2017 Women in Architecture Awards by The Architectural Review and the Architects’ Journal. Using every project as an opportunity to develop her thoughts on space, light and shadow, perspective, warmth and atmosphere, Carrillo intends to share with the #AZA18 audience the strategies that she has developed while working in a place always in crisis, together with the opportunities that these scenarios can afford.

Enrique Browne believes that new urban and social problems can often be solved by returning to first principles, which can then be further developed using new technologies. He says, “I think the “spirit of the age” is being defined by two different and growing challenges. One is global communication associated with the evolution of artificial intelligence; the second is sustainability.”

“AZA is an important platform to have a space with colleagues from different countries where we can share the processes of our practice, as well as the challenges and opportunities that underpin our work,” concludes Gabriela

For more information, visit www.architectureza.org, to whom full thanks and acknowledgement are given.

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