SAIA KZN inauguration and awards ceremony puts the spotlight on SA architecture

by Ofentse Sefolo
SAIA KZN inauguration and awards ceremony puts the spotlight on SA architecture

This year, the SAIA KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) awards ceremony was a double celebration of both incredible architectural achievements in South Africa and the inauguration of its 2019/20 president: Renowned architect, Patrick Smith. All celebrations took place at a lavish ceremony sponsored by Corobrik on Friday, 2 August, at the Hillside Campus.

Patrick Smith spoke of his admiration for local architecture and the recipients of this years’ awards. He also commented on how seriously he plans to take his new role.

“With this comes a heavy weight of responsibility that I do not take lightly. While a certain amount of politics is inevitable in a position like this, I do not regard myself as a politician, but rather as someone who is happy digging alongside colleagues in the trenches.”

The keynote speaker was professor Ora Joubert, recipient of the Corobrik House of the Year Award and three Dulux Colour Awards to name a few, and also the former teacher of the newly inducted KZNIA president.

All the 2019 award winners will go forward to the Corobrik SAIA Awards of Merit and Excellence, which will be hosted in 2020.

SAIA KZN 2019 Award for Architecture winners

1. Bond Square, 12 Browns Road cnr Albert Terrace, Point, Durban
Emmett: Emmett Architects CC

2. Amendments to Oliver Tambo House
191 Prince Alfred cnr Gutridge Street, Pietermaritzburg
Ismail Cassimjee Architects

3. 90A Bellamont Road, Umdloti
Elphick Proome Architects

4. Magistrate Towers, 5 Magistrate Street, Mtunzini
Jeremy Steere Architect

5. Absa Bank regional head office
33 Richefont Circle, Ridgeside Office Park, Umhlanga
Elphick Proome Architects


SAIA-KZN 2019 Special Mention

1. Masjid Maryam Mosque
50 Samora Machel Street, Durban
Architects Collaborative CC in association with Lindsay Napier Architect

2. Amendments to Albini Mission Church, Ntshongweni
Lead Architects

3. Restoration of the bell turret
Greenacres (Edgars), 409 Pixley Kaseme (West) Street, Durban
Ocean Architects


SAIA-KZN 2019 Special Mention: Work of Social Importance

1. Bio-efficient cook stoves
Richard Dobson Architect

Tel: 011 871 8600 | Website: www.corobrik.co.za

Main image:

Professor Ora Joubert, Patrick Smith and Musa Shangase.

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