AZA2018, a Winner

June 25, 2018adminMedia

Architecture ZA 2018 (AZA2018), the South African Institute of Architecture’s (SAIA), official conference was hosted in Pretoria at the inner city 012-venue from 3-5 May 2018. This highly successful event comprised key-note sessions by international architects, parallel sessions with presentations by SAIA members, exhibitions, tours, and official evening events. The AZA2018 was co-hosted by the Departments of Architecture of both the University of Pretoria (UP) and the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). The event was well-attended by architects, students, sponsors and other built environment professionals.

AZA2018′s theme was ‘WeTheCity: Memory & Resilience’. Plenary and parallel sessions were structured according to how key thinkers and practitioners engage around the often-contentious topics of heritage and memory. The idea of resilience inspired further presentations which often overlapped with the idea of memory.

International keynote presenters were selected in terms of their ability to address AZA2018′s themes, with all but one living and working in other BRICS countries.

Carefully curated exhibitions were laid out to form the threshold upon entering the main venue space and were a key focus at this conference. The venue worked well with many spatial opportunities being created for the enjoyment of the exhibitions, these included: concrete urban furniture blocks by TUT students; Pretoria inner city: formation and transformation exhibition; PPC Imaginarium Competition and Boukunde’s 75th year exhibition

The poster exhibition of entries into the national Corobrik SAIA Awards was situated at the venue’s entrance and attracted much attention. Entrants into these Awards were chosen as speakers to enrich the AZA2018′s content and to give depth and contrast to topics under discussion.

Masterclasses, extremely popular

The two master classes were very well attended. Indeed, there was not enough room to accommodate all applicants. Over 250 people applied for each masterclass against an anticipated 50 per class. But, in the end, just over 70 participants could be accommodated in each masterclass.

Two inner city tours were hosted. Through a rooftop sunrise tour, led by local architect, Adriaan Louw several hidden spaces in the inner city were explored. This tour was considered one of the AZA2018 highlights. The second tour was led by Marianne De Klerk to key modernist and historic buildings, public spaces and arcades.

Further Highlights

The content build-up in terms of media was superbly handled by Karen Eicker. Coverage of the event was done with excellent results, notably with AZA2018 becoming the #1 Twitter trend in South Africa on Friday 4 May.

Each attendee received an AZA2018 conference bag, courtesy of sponsor, Geberit. These conference bags, proudly displaying the AZA2018 logo, were extremely popular and received much positive feedback.

Overall, the response to AZA2018 was overwhelmingly positive and SAIA thanks all who contributed to its success.

Masterclass underway at the AZA2018

AZA Report

SAIA Extends its Thanks

Acting CEO Bryan Wallis extends thanks, on behalf of SAIA, to all members of the AZA2018 Organising Group. SAIA recognises that it is through the combined enthusiasm, energy and knowledge of this dedicated group of people that this year’s AZA18 will long be remembered for its resounding success. Special thanks goes to:

Organising Group:


Jan Ras,
Chairman of the Marketing Committee

Daniel Van der Merwe,
Member of the Marketing Committee

Penelope Sebe,
Transformation & Sponsorship Manager

Marlene van Nieuwenhuizen,
CPD Administration

University of Pretoria

Prof Chrisna Du Plessis,
Head of School

Marguerite Pienaar,
Lecturer Johan Swart, Lecturer

Tshwane University of Technology

Petrus Greyvensteyn,
Senior Lecturer

Prof Jacques Laubscher,
Head of Department


Jaquie Cullus,
Manager Stakeholder Relations

Brenda Phake,
Assistant Stakeholder Relations

Marianne de Klerk Architects and Urban Designers

Marianne de Klerk,


Mauneen Van Wyk,
Executive Officer

Media Mosaic, Professional Conference Organisers

Mareli Wassenaar,

Piet Joubert,

Apex Communications

Karen Eicker,

Silver Rocket Creative

Johannes Deetlefs,
Creative Director

The Rocket Launch Pad

Kobus Oliphant,
Creative Director

Alive2green Projects, Organisers

Gordon Brown,

Thandiswa Mbijane,
Sponsorship and Exhibition Sales Manager

Munashe Mbavarira,
Sponsorship and Exhibition Sales

Vimbai Paraffin,
Delegate Assistance

Farai Maunga,
Delegate Assistance

Simone Isaacs,
Event Co-ordinator

Avril Arendse,