The AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation programme

Entries Close: 24 March 2016

Adjudication Commences: 31 March 2016

Adjudication Completed: 17 June 2016

Exhibition, Announcement and Presentation of Awards: 11 October 2016

All submissions should be finalised and submitted by end of day 24 March 2016. The panel of adjudicators, convened by the SAIA President, will meet the week of 31 March 2016 to select the projects it wishes to inspect from the submitted entries. The panel has the right to disqualify an entry after the loco inspection and/or evaluation.

They will adjudicate all entries and recommend to SAIA which projects should be awarded the AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation. Having made its decision by 17 June 2016, the adjudicators will prepare the adjudicators’ report and citations.


Richard Stretton

Architect and Furniture Designer

Stretton is an architect and furniture designer who founded the multi award winning Koop in 1993. His passion for building interest in energy-efficient and environmentally friendly structures has brought Koop many awards including AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture (2010 and 2014) and a Merit Award in the same competition (2014).

Eric Noir

Sustainable Architect

Noir is a professional architect specialising in sustainable built environment designs, urban development frameworks and development strategies and design. He worked at a number of prestigious European architectural firms before settling in South Africa in 1996. He is actively involved in progressing sustainability issues in the built environment, including sustainable urban environments, sustainable building design, eco-labelling and green roofs. Noir is one of the founding director of the Green Building Council of South Africa and board member since 2007. He is director for the Africa region of the International Union of Architects’ (UIA) work programme Architecture for a Sustainable Future.

Sebasti Badenhorst


Badenhorst has worked as a consulting engineer, a technical expert in the cement industry, and a senior manager in the construction industry. Her technical experience ranges from structural design of commercial buildings, site supervision, materials engineering, temporary works design, constructability reviews, preparation of design + construct RFP’s and tender procurement. She holds a B.Eng(civil), Structural engineering from University of Stellenbosch, MSc Engineering, Materials Engineering from WITS and Pr.Eng from Engineering Council of South Africa.

Kevin Bingham


Bingham is the current vice-president of the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) and previously served as the president of SAIA-KZN (2012-2014). He is a director of the KZN-based FGG Architects Inc. With over 25 years experience, he has also taught both Architecture and Interior Design at universities in South Africa, Australia and the UK. He has research interests in Architectural Acoustics and Architecture for Health, the latter with current support through the USA-based Fogarty Fellowship. Kevin is an honorary senior lecturer at the UKZN and serves on several Boards, Trusts and Committees; he is a founding director of SAIA’s Open Architecture education transformation programme.

Llewellyn van Wyk

Sustainable Architect

Van Wyk is a Principal Researcher in the Building Science and Technology competence area with more than 20 years’ experience as a practising architect. He has experience in studies and contract research spanning the fields of construction industry development, built environment professions skills development and training, sustainable building and construction evaluation and reporting, holistic building design and planning, policy and strategy development, and advanced construction technology research. He specialises in the design and implementation of high performance green buildings using innovative technologies. Van Wyk pioneered the development of an Advanced Construction Technology Platform in CSIR. He holds a BArchitecture from UCT.

Daniel Irurah

Academic in Sustainable Architecture

Irurah is an architect, urban environmental policy planner and academic whose main field of interest is sustainability and the built environment. He holds a PhD in Architecture from the University of Pretoria, a Masters of Architecture from the University of Oregon - USA, a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Oregon, USA and a Bachelors of Architecture, First Class Honors from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He has leant his expertise to a number of auspicious roles, including Member of the Board of Directors - Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), Leader and Jury-Member - Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction - Africa Middle East Region, Member of the Steering Committee - Global Change and Sustainability Research Institute (GCSRI).