On Africa Day (25 May), which marks the day when the Organisation of Africa Unity (OAU) was formed in 1963, Saint-Gobain in sub-Saharan Africa is engaging with an initiative geared at celebrating architecture in Africa.
The inaugural Africa Architecture Awards is the first dedicated Pan-African awards programme of its kind.
Launched by Saint-Gobain in 2015, the awards aim to recognise and reward worthy projects from across the African continent, with one overall winner garnering a $10 000 grand prize.
The 2017 Africa Architecture Awards seek to acknowledge standout architectural projects that have been conceived of and/or built on the African continent, and invite entries and nominations from the industry. Anyone in the world meeting the entry criteria can enter, or be entered into the awards, as long as the project pertains to Africa.
Rather than adopt the more conventional categories of other global awards programmes, the Master Jury will approach the Africa Architecture Awards through a values-based system around the following three criteria: Innovation; Identity; Implementation.
As a discipline, architecture has immense potential to shape, solve and innovate in Africa, in the 21st Century. With 54 countries all varied in culture, geography, climate and societal structure, this diversity enables prospects that can and will shape Africa’s built environments - and in so doing, will provide points of inspiration for the rest of the globe. The aim of the first ever Africa Architecture Awards is to identify and honour projects that are doing precisely that!
Read more about the Awards here: • http://saint-gobain-africa.com/en/group/africa-architecture-awards• http://www.africaarchitectureawards.com/