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Corobrik celebrates award-winning women in architecture

Public Services SA - 1 Aug 2014

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Pour women have been honoured in the 2013/14 Corobrik-SAIA Awards of Excellence presented by Corobrik and the South African Institute for Architects (SAIA) at a gala dinner in Durban. "This is a notable achievement,"says Nina Saunders, past vice-president of SAIA. "Less than 20% of SAIA members are currently women. However, almost 28% of members have earned the title PR Arch (Professional Architect), the highest level of membership, and we are seeing an encouraging trend emerging with 40% women in the Architect in Training category." The four award-winning architects are Charlotte Chamberlain and Nicola Irving, partners at Charlotte Chamberlain & Nicole Irving Architects (CCNA) in Cape Town; Michele Sandilands, principal of Michelle Sandilands Architects in Cape Town; and Anne Graupner, principal at 2610 south Architects in Johannesburg. Chamberlain and Irving won their award for the pre-school campus of Springfield Convent School in the southern suburbs of Cape Town. Graduates of UCT, the two worked together at Louis Karol Architects and both spent time gaining experience in Europe — Chamberlain in France and Irving in England. It was after Charlotte spent five years in Australia, and Nicola had started a practice with Paul de Villiers, that the two joined forces to create Charlotte Chamberlain Architects, both with a strong motivation to build a better life for themselves, their families and the wider community. Sandilands' entry is for her work on Phase two of UNISA on the Cape Flats — creating an inspiring house of learning to accommodate administrative offices, student registration, exam rooms and teaching venues. She established her own practice, Michele Sandilands Architects, in 1998 and has a wealth of experience, having designed many of Cape Town's foremost corporate, commercial and public buildings. Her practice has won several national and regional awards. After graduating from the University of Cape Town in 1985 she worked at MLH Architects and Planners where she was responsible for several projects, among them the three Cableway buildings, for which she was principal design architect. Anne Graupner of 2610 south Architects was the lead architect, together with her partner Thorsten Deckler, on the entry for their studio home in Brixton, Gauteng. This project is close to her heart because it enables her to be both a mother to her two young children, and work as a full-time professional architect an urban designer. Educated in Vienna at the University of Applied Arts, Graupner graduated cum laude in 2001. She worked at the Architecture Centre Vienna before returning to South Africa, her country of birth, in 2002. Two years later, she co-founded 2610 south Architects with Thorsten Deckler, which was selected as the top emerging practice in the country as part of a global round-up of young practices in 2012 and, in 2010 the practice won the Bauwelt Prize for the Sans Souci Project, a seminal 'non-building' in which, due to lack of funding, the internal cultural programme was realised before the actual architectural container. As a co-founder of sharpCITY, Graupner has curated and designed exhibitions in Johannesburg and South Africa for the Sao Paulo Biennial 2003 and 2005, as well as for the Architekturzentrum Wien 2004. She co-authored (with T Deckler and H Rasmuss) the book Contemporary South African Architecture in a Landscape of Transition. She has lectured locally and abroad including at the University of Cordoba, Argentina, the Architectural Association, London, and Temple University, Philadelphia. Her internationally acclaimed travelling exhibition Informal Studio Marlboro South will next be shown at the UlA in Durban and the Open Design Event in Cape Town. Michele Sandilands, Charlotte Chamberlain and Nicola Irving

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