This category celebrates innovative architectural and design practice, including exceptional and creative design of homes, offices, buildings, furniture, and the wide range of objects that add beauty and interest to our living and working spaces.
Kate Otten studied architecture at the University of the Witwatersrand. After working for a number of other practices, Otten established her own firm in 1989 in Johannesburg. She has designed community libraries, the waterfront development at Tzaneen, an art therapy centre in Soweto and the museum exhibition space at the former Women’s Jail at Constitution Hill which received a commendation from the South African Institute of Architects.
Ora Joubert’s PhD thesis was a contemporary assessment of the genesis of the modern
aesthetic – the impact of modern art on modern architecture. She worked as in-
Clara da Cruz Almeida
Clara da Cruz Almeida is the designer of Soweto Theatre (2012); other award winning buildings at Lebone II College (2011 SAIA Awards, "A boarding house that feels like home" and "the hall and refectory"); as well as designer of the Houses of Parliament in Cape Town (1987) where African geometric designs are clearly evident in the interior finishes of the building.