THE ROAD

One early morning in late 1997, Andrew Makin and Janina Masojada set out from South Africa’s East Coast city of Durban on the six-hour inland journey to Johannesburg. Still in their early 30s, their mission was to meet up with their friend Paul Wijgers (Urban Solutions) to pursue a shared ambition. As young architects raised in the apartheid era and eager to contribute to the reconstruction of their newly democratic country, the months ahead were consumed by generating a submission for the anonymous international competition to design the New Constitutional Court Building of South Africa.

The project was slated as the most significant symbol of the achievement of a 400-year struggle for the majority of South Africans’ political freedom. With no experience in public buildings, Makin, Masojada and Wijgers’ confidence was based on a deep conviction that their personal belief in the purpose of the building would embody their proposal with the fundamental values of the Constitution, and that this integration with the highest aspirations of the brief would be apparent.

Less than a year later, they found themselves at the infamous Old Fort, the prison where Mahatma Ghandi, Robert Sobukwe and Nelson Mandela had been incarcerated. Seated amongst a crowd of government officials, international architects and the world’s media, they heard President Nelson Mandela announce that they had won the competition.

This was the birth of Designworkshop. The beginning of a journey that has established them as a significant contributor to South Africa’s post-apartheid architectural and urban discourse.

Since these formative years Mark Horner became a partner and Carina Cloete and Janine Beauchamp associates. In 2012 Janina Masojada retired from the office.

Designworkshop is a diverse team of architects defined by shared vision, purpose and values, often collaborating with a network of aligned specialist partners. The office has its base in Durban, South Africa, with key team representation in Cape Town and Mexico City.

 

RECOGNITION

Designworkshop has on multiple occasions been recognised for their critical, creative approach to their thinking and craft. This includes six Awards for Excellence from the South African Institute of Architects – a record in the history of the awards. They have accepted ongoing teaching and lecture invitations locally and across the world.

AWARD LIST

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First Prize and Project Appointment: International Competition<
The New Constitutional Court Building of South Africa, Johannesburg
Joint submission and award with Urban Solutions
Winning Scheme and Project Appointment: Invited Design Competition <
Melrose Arch Mixed-Use Development, Johannesburg

First Prize: International Competition
Nelson Mandela Centre for African Culture, Port Louis, Mauritius
Joint submission and award with Urban Solutions

Award of Merit for Accurate Trading: KwaZulu-Natal Institute for Architecture
New Holiday House at Prince’s Grant Golf Estate, KwaZulu-Natal
Award of Merit: KwaZulu-Natal Institute for Architecture /South African Institute of Architects
New offices for Electric Ladyland in Kloof, KwaZulu-Natal

Award for Excellence: South African Institute of Architects
New offices for Electric Ladyland in Kloof, KwaZulu-Natal

Co-Commendation (no first place awarded): Architectural Design Competition
Africa Peace Centre (ACCORD).
Second Prize Winner: Architectural Ideas Competition
Cato Manor Interactive Cultural Centre, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

Qb Award for Interior Design for Public Buildings
The New Constitutional Court Building of South Africa, Johannesburg

Award of Merit: Gauteng Institute/South African Institute of Architects
The New Constitutional Court Building of South Africa, Johannesburg
Award of Merit: Mpumalanga Institute/South African Institute of Architects
New Lodges for Singita Lebombo & Sweni, Kruger Park

Award for Excellence: South African Institute of Architects
The New Constitutional Court Building of South Africa, Johannesburg
Award for Excellence: South African Institute of Architects
Singita, Kruger Park

Award of Merit: KwaZulu-Natal Institute for Architecture
Gatehouse, Homeowners & Club House, Dunkirk Estate, Salt Rock, KwaZulu-Natal
Award of Merit: Border Kei Institute/South African Institute of Architects
Igoda View House, East London, Eastern Cape
Award of Merit: Cape Institute for Architecture/South African Institute of Architects
New Beach House at Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape

Award for Excellence: South African Institute of Architects

Top 10 Most Beautiful Objects in South Africa, Design Indaba

Award of Merit: KwaZulu-Natal Institute for Architecture
Mini Town Development Node, Beachfront, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

Encyclopaedia of Details in Contemporary Residential Architecture Award of Merit: KwaZulu-Natal Institute for Architecture
The Folie, Nottingham Road and Bay of Plenty Node, Durban

Award for Excellence: South African Institute of Architects
Dunkirk All Suite Hotel & Apartments, Dunkirk Estate, Salt Rock, KwaZulu-Natal
Award of Merit: South African Institute of Architects
The Folie, Nottingham Road, KwaZulu-Natal
Award of Merit: South African Institute of Architects
Dunkirk Beach Club House, Salt Rock, KwaZulu-Natal

Award for Excellence: South African Institute of Architects
House La Lucia, La Lucia, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

SAIA / KwaZulu-Natal Institute for Architecture Award for Architecture
Pixley House Apartments, Durban CBD, KwaZulu-Natal
Fulton Award 2017 Winner
Buildings greater than 3 storeys
Fulton Award 2017 commendation
Architectural concrete

Contact

94 Florida Road, Durban
4001, South Africa

T +27 (0)31 303 5191
F +27 (0)31 303 5198
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