Boogertman + Partners are pleased to announce that we have officially selected the winner of the annual Boogertman + Partners Architectural Design Scholarship Award Africa 2015.
Over the past year, we have communicated this prestigious scholarship to all relevant tertiary institutions both in South Africa and the greater continent. We have selected 6 students whom we believe are the top architectural talent in Africa, and have invited these finalists to join the Boogertman + Partners team for three days to take part in the Boogertman + Partners Design Challenge, in order to select the winner of this award.
On Wednesday, the 2nd of September 2015, the finalists met the Boogertman + Partners team at our Johannesburg office where the finalists were given a design challenge.
Finalists were challenged to design an architectural intervention on the wedge site at the William Nicol/Main road intersection, which is currently home to an informal craft market. The brief required that finalists grapple with the informal/formal dichotomy by accommodating current traders in a more formalised, yet inclusive, environment. They were given 48 hours, after which their designs were judged individually according to the communicated criteria.
Pretoria University School of Architecture student, Yvonne Bruinette, received the Boogertman + Partners Architectural Design Scholarship Award Africa 2015. Silindzile Shongwe, also a student at the Pretoria University School of Architecture was the first runner up and received a R70,000 bursary. In addition to the main scholarship awarded and the second prize, the runners-up each received a R28,000 bursary.
The judging took place at the Steyn City Clubhouse on Friday, the 4th of September and was followed by an awards lunch ceremony. Prominent industry leaders and media were invited to this event.