Promising young architects revealed!

April 20 2018

The winning team for the Southern Africa stage of the Saint-Gobain MultiComfort Students Contest 2018 was announced on April 20 at Saint-Gobain in Johannesburg.

Congratulations to Vahin Parmananda and Mthokozisi Sibisi from the University of Kwazulu-Natal (Durban) who will have the chance to fly to Dubai and compete on the international stage between 12 - 15 May 2018, as one of the 60 entries from universities around the world.. 

The winning team was chosen by adjudicators comprising of a panel of industry experts, including Cliff Gouws from Boogertman and Partners Architects, Marloes Reinink from Solid Green Consulting; Ayanda Masuku from City of Johannesburg, James Russwurm, one of the 2016 Contest Winners and Sathia Govender from Saint-Gobain. 

They based their judging on a design incorporating a sustainable (including environmental, economic and social factors), comfortable and innovative approach to architecture (high thermal comfort, acoustic comfort, visual comfort, indoor air quality and fire / safety protection). 

More information: here  

Vahin Parmananda and Mthokozisi Sibisi from the University of Kwazulu-Natal (Durban); Cliff Gouws from Boogertman and Partners Architects; David Anderson, General Delegate Saint-Gobain Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Final adjudications. Sibusiso Mthembu, Southern Africa Contest Representative; Cliff Gouws from Boogertman and Partners Architects, Marloes Reinink from Solid Green Consulting; Ayanda Masuku from City of Johannesburg, James Russwurm, one of the 2016 Contest Winners and Sathia Govender from Saint-Gobain. 

Vahin Parmananda and Mthokozisi Sibisi from the University of Kwazulu-Natal (Durban) - Project: Solar, Creek, Community - A climate driven approach to creating sustainable communities

Vahin Parmananda and Mthokozisi Sibisi from the University of Kwazulu-Natal (Durban) - Project: Solar, Creek, Community - A climate driven approach to creating sustainable communities

In 2018, 68 students entered the competition from 4 different Southern Africa universities: University of Johannesburg; Tshwane University of Technology (TUT); University of Botswana; University of Kwazulu Natal (Durban). In total 34 projects were submitted. 7 shortlisted projects were presenting at the national stage in South Africa: 6 projects from the University of Johannesburg (12 students) and 1 project from the University of Kwazulu-Natal (2 students). 

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