The Gauteng Institute for Architecture announces the 19 shortlisted nominees for the 2013 GIfA Awards for Architecture

The GAUTENG INSTITUTE FOR ARCHITECTURE (GIfA) is gearing up for its biennial Awards for Architecture, which will be held on 31 October 2013 at the Turbine Hall in Newtown. A total of 39 submissions were received for shortlisting from Gauteng’s foremost architectural practitioners, allowing for an extremely diverse selection of new buildings ranging from small scale interventions in Johannesburg’s informal settlements to upmarket residential  and new high profile public buildings.

Daniel van der Merwe, President of GIfA when asked about the judging process for shortlisting:

“The criteria for an Award  which the judging panel are looking for are foremost  that of buildings which ‘pushes the boundaries’ in terms of originality; which contributes to the public realm and which are legible, easy to navigate, and offer rich spatial experiences. Also, equally important are the qualities which make buildings that are humane and make our city a better place or build a better society. Current concerns dictate that buildings should use resources efficiently over and above their success in responding to a Client’s brief and the way in which they sit comfortably within their environments.  In short- I would say that an award winning building must be a building which I would be proud to have designed!”

GIfA has announced its list of 19 finalists’ shortlisted for the Awards, the winners of which will be announced at the awards ceremony

The 19 nominees:



Project Name

What it is?


Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens

Rammed – Earth Pavilion

Home design


Gass Architecture Studio

Westcliff Pavilion

Home art gallery design


BD Studio

Skinner Art Gallery

Art gallery design


Kate Otten Architects

House Omisore

Home Design


Kate Otten Architects

New Olifantsfontein Library

Library Design


26’10 South Architects and Urban Designers

Brixton Studio – Home

Home Design


Mira Fassler Kamstra

Alterations and additions to House Madlener

Alterations and additions to an existing house


Cohen and Garson

WAM (Wits Art Museum)

Arts Museum


Savage and Dodd Architects

The Wits University Science Stadium

Science Stadium


Michael Scholes and Associate Architects

The Wits University New School of Construction Economics and Management department

Economics and Management department building


Studiojoy +

King Edward VII School library and museum

Library and Museum


Office 24-7

House Kleine Schuur

House Design


Henry Paine and Partners


Corporate Building


Julian Kats Architects

Oak Tree Corner

Corporate Building


Paragon Architects

Alexander Forbes

Corporate Building


Architects of Justice

Seed library

Corporate Office Library



The Soweto Theatre

Theatre Design


26’10 South Architects and Urban Designers

Taxi Rank No.2 in Diepsloot

Taxi Rank Design


Arc Du Ple Architects

Geref Kerk Benoni

Refurbishment of Existing Church

About GIfA

GIfA is a voluntary association established in 1996 and incorporates the Gauteng region of the previous Transvaal Institute for Architects (founded in 1909). The Institute is a member of SACAP (SA Council for the Architectural profession and is a regional affiliation of SAIA (SA Institute for Architects). For further information about GIfA please visit:


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