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Oct 10, 2017

Talented UCT Student Wins Prestigious Boogertman + Partners Award

The Boogertman + Partners International Architectural Design Scholarship Award, is awarded to one individual over a period of two years, and is valued at R140 000. Judging for this renowned industry event took place on 29 September 2017 after which a prestigious award ceremony was held in Johannesburg.

The finalists – Pahlvi Jairam (University of Pretoria), Madeli Beyers (University of the Free State), Nikita Schweizer (University of Cape Town), Linda Lesolle (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) and Megan van Aarde (University of the Free State) – were given just over 30 hours to conceptualise, design and present their design solutions to prestigious panel of judges.

Marcia had the privilege of  being a judge and attending the award ceremony in Johannesburg last month and was blown away by the amount of dedication and hard work that went into the 2017 design challenge. Contestants were forced to think outside of the box and to come up with innovations never before seen in the world of architecture and design in South Africa. Each finalist was given a design challenge and 48 hours, after which the design was judged according to the communicated criteria.

After an exhaustive judging process, however, it was Nikita Schweizer from UCT who was awarded the Boogertman + Partners Architectural Design Scholarship Award Africa 2017.

The results were phenomenal with finalists showcasing their works to a panel of judges and being given the platform to communicate their ingenuity and design skills. With five finalists, only one could walk away as the ultimate victor and that individual was none other than the talented Nikita Schweizer from UCT, with her exciting project entitled the Night Shifter! A big congratulations is extended to Nikita for her innovation in planning and design and for ultimately winning this award!

Nikita Schweizer from UCT

Nikita’s award includes an individual mentorship programme for the duration of her studies, as well as two-year optional work contract at Boogertman + Partners post receiving her Masters Degree. The judging took place at the Open in Sandton on Friday, the 29th of September and was followed by an awards lunch ceremony. Prominent industry leaders and media were invited to this event. A great result after another year of fostering the future of innovative Human Centered Design in architecture. We look forward to seeing great things from this young talented design student in the future.

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