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Nadia Tromp winner of the WAN Female Frontier Pioneering Award 2021

by Ofentse Sefolo
Nadia Tromp winner of the WAN Female Frontier Pioneering Award 2021

“She works with her team and clients to create architecture that is ‘humane’. As one of only a few female black architects in South Africa, she is an example and mentor for countless others.”

The Female Frontier Awards: Powered by World Architecture News recognises remarkable, talented and visionary women of all ages, at every level across global architecture.

The awards champion innovation, encourage new and established talent and celebrate the firms who are supporting women in their roles. Along with celebrating design-led achievements, they put a spotlight on the outstanding leadership that drives success in architecture.

This year one of our own, Nadia Tromp was announced as the 2021 WINNER OF THE FEMALE FRONTIER’S PIONEERING AWARD.

This huge honour demonstrates the depth of our local talent. The judges said that Nadia has built a remarkable practice and career with a deep commitment to the role of architect serving the community. She works with her team and clients to create architecture that is “humane”. As one of the few female black architects in South Africa, she is an example and mentor for countless others.

Pioneering work
Nadia is best known for her work in public, civic architecture and spatial transformation. In 2008, she founded Ntsika Architects, a design driven practice advocating spatial justice through civic architectural built form.

Tromp spent a year at Harvard University, where she explored ideas on effective social change, auditing classes at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School.

Tromp’s particular interest is in the spatial fragmentation of South African cities. She says, “As a practice, we are concerned about the scars left on our landscape by apartheid planning. We push the boundaries of conventional thinking around the role of the architect and the power of architecture to transform environments.”

Shortlisted
In addition to winning the Pioneering Award, Nadia was also one of five candidates shortlisted for the overall honour of Architect of the Year, which this year went to Netherlands-based Francine Houben, the founding partner and creative director of Mecanoo.

Join Building and Décor in extending huge congratulations to Nadia on her outstanding work and for receiving this international accolade. Nadia, you have made us proud!

In the next edition of our Building and Décor magazine, we will give a more in-depth look into the female frontier awards and hope to include an exclusive interview with Nadia.

Acknowledgement and thanks go to World Architecture News for the information contained in this article.

NTSIKA architects – Nadia Tromp
Tel: +27 11 4927001
Email: nadiat@ntsika.co.za
Website: www.ntsika.co.za

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