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“Celebrating Architecture in Africa” – The Africa Architecture Awards Colloquium


The winners of the inaugural Africa Architecture Awards, the first Pan-African architecture competition, will be announced at a gala awards ceremony to be held at the newly opened Zeitz Mocaa in Cape Town on 28 September 2017. Following the awards ceremony, a free public colloquium titled Celebrating Architecture in Africa will be held the next day to discuss the winning projects. This event will take place on 29 September 2017 at the Institute for Creative Arts at UCT Hiddingh Campus in Cape Town from 09h00 onwards. Participants include members of the Steering Panel and Master Jury for the Africa Architecture Awards.

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The colloquium is organised by Zahira Asmal, director of The City and advisor to the Africa Architecture Awards, and is hosted by the founder of the awards, Saint-Gobain, in conjunction with UCT’s Institute for Creative Arts. There will be three sessions in total, with the first two sessions will moderated by writer and critic Sean O’Toole, and the third hosted by Ghanaian architect Joe Addo. The public may attend all or any of the sessions.

09h00 – 10h30 Session 1: Making the awards (Steering Panel)

  • Lesley Lokko – Chairperson (Ghana)
  • Luís Urbano (Portugal)
  • Issa Diabaté (Côte d’Ivoire)
  • Urko Sánchez (Kenya)
  • Doreen Adengo (Uganda)
  • Mpethi Morojele (South Africa)
  • Evan Lockhart-Barker – MD of Saint-Gobain Retail Development, founding sponsor of the Africa Architecture Awards (South Africa)

11h00 – 12h30 Session 2: Judging the awards (Jury members)

  • Anna Abengowe (Nigeria)
  • Guillaume Koffi (Côte d’Ivoire)
  • Professor Edgar Pieterse (South Africa)
  • Patti Anahory (Cape Verde)
  • Professor Mark Olweny (Uganda)
  • Tanzeem Razak (South Africa)
  • Phill Mashabane (South Africa)

14h00 – 15h30 Session 3: Bringing African context/s into the conversation

Joe Addo hosts conversations on the African Condition, with composer Neo Muyanga and other invited guests. Addo will moderate an hour-and-a-half discussion with friends, both old and new, architects and non-architects, that will touch on contemporary African issues through individual perspectives. The discussion will span the role of creativity in Africa’s development, looking at the meaning of architecture in this context.

Event details:

Date: 29 September 2017

Place: Institute for Creative Arts, Hiddingh Hall, UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31 Orange Street, Gardens

Time: 09h00

Theme: Celebrating Architecture in Africa


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About Saint-Gobain:

The founder of the Africa Architecture Awards, Saint-Gobain, is proud to be bringing an awards programme with criteria that are in line with its DNA. For 350 years, the Group has consistently pushed the boundaries of technology and solutions in the construction markets. In sub-Saharan Africa, Saint-Gobain provides a range of solutions and services tailored to local demand. The Group aims to drive local development through the services and solutions it delivers to improve living comfort for the greatest possible number of people. It aims to achieve this by forming industrial partnerships, creating local employment, providing professional training and taking action to support the development of local communities.

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