NUST alumnus receives another prestigious award!

Elao Martin, an alumnus of the Department of Architecture and Spatial Planning at NUST, has once again received recognition for being an outstanding architecture student. In 2016, alongside his then classmate Ndeshipanda Iita, he won the Murray and Roberts Des Baker Architecture Students Design Competition in South Africa. At the time, he was an undergraduate NUST student and he recently completed a Master’s degree at the University of Johannesburg’s Graduate School of Architecture. Martin is once again the ‘crème of the crop’ and has been awarded the Regional Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award. Corobrik is a South African clay brick and paving manufacturing company. Martin recently answered some questions during an interview for the NUST Students Success Forum.

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.

Date: 
Friday, February 15, 2019
for Month: 
February, 2019

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