A BTech Architectural Technology student took top honours in the student category of the annual 2019 SAIAT Architectural Awards.
Not only did Shaun Heeger win the Best Student Award but his classmate Farai Munuwa won runner-up, while Tinashe Chidhobha received a highly commended.
The function was held in Johannesburg earlier this week. The prize money is in the form of a bursary.
The South African Institute of Architectural Technologists (SAIAT), in association with Oggie Hardwood Flooring, invited projects from professionals and students that address the need for socially sustainable living environments. They looked for entries of design proposals that promote quality of life through the creative implementation of appropriate technologies and materials.
Senior Lecturer Jolanda Morkel said Shaun’s community hub in Sweet Home Farm, Philippi, demonstrates how good design can promote a sense of community.
“Farai and Chidhoba’s mixed use of social housing proposals suggest how dense living can be dignified. Their projects were commended for their sensitive contextual responses, innovative spatial and technological crafting and clear and convincing presentation.”
The three students are in the final year of the two-year blended part-time BTech programme offered by CPUT in collaboration with Open Architecture, a transformation unit of SAIA, the South African Institute of Architects.
This programme is the first of its kind in Africa that employs online learning of architecture, and one of a handful worldwide.
Although the programme will come to an end this year, with the national phasing out of all BTech programmes, this methodology will form the basis of the offering of future programmes in the Department of Architectural Technology and Interior Design.
The successful blended model, that allows working practitioners to learn while they earn, will be implemented in the new Advanced Diploma programmes for Architectural Technology and Interior Design, according to the new HEQSF structure.
“We are proud to say that we’re the first University to collaborate with Open Architecture and through this collaboration, in the past six years, we have shown that Architecture can be mastered through blended and online learning methodologies.”Written by Ilse Fredericks