Q. WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS AWARD?
A. It is the top award for graduate architects at Master level and it has been running for 32 years. I am one of eight graduate architects across South Africa to receive this accolade this year. The national winner will be announced in May this year, at a ceremony in Johannesburg.
Q. WHAT WAS YOUR THESIS ABOUT?
A. My thesis focussed on Kampala, Uganda, specifically the illegal brick making activities in the Kampala wetlands. I explored how the wetlands can be reimagined to create a more sustainable relationship between the fragile ecosystem and human settlements. The thesis is titled ‘Reimagining Kitintale’s Landscape through Clay Brick Making.’
Q. WHAT DOES THIS AWARD MEAN TO YOU?
A. To me, this achievement showcases the potential we have as Namibians, to create a demand for our skills beyond our borders. Awards of this nature can create opportunities for other Namibians as they have a bearing on our reputation, particularly our education system. It also motivates other young Namibians in this field, as well as others, to aim for excellence.
Q. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
A. After completing the required training and statutory examinations to register as a professional architect, I hope to make my positive mark on the building environment. I also want to work to create an international reputation in order to contribute to the export of Namibian skills and services and potentially create job opportunities for other young Namibians in the field. I also hope I am able to capture the attention of top architecture firms within, or even beyond Namibia’s borders as I grow in this industry.