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University of Kwazulu Natal Wins the 2009 Murray & Roberts Des Baker Award

29 September 2009

Growing and enriching the understanding and relationship between architects and contractors

Michael Brunner and Helen Reeves of the University of KwaZulu Natal were named the winners of the prestigious 2009 Murray & Roberts Des Baker Student Architecture Design Competition for their design project titled; Fragments of Life.

The award was handed to Michael and Helen at a function attended by some 700 people, held at Freedom Park, Pretoria last night.

The first runner-up certificate went to David E Couto and Julian Kwong Manshon
of the University of Johannesburg for their design project titled; Thread-Bare and the second runner-up certificate went to Eric Mbayi Ouko and Katlego Tlholoe of the
University of the Free State for their design project titled; A landscape of potential.

The theme of the 2009 Murray & Roberts Des Baker Student Architecture Design Competition and the 2009 National Architecture Student Congress was The African City Centre: (Re)sourced". The venue - Freedom Park - was a most appropriate location and setting for the 2009 award ceremony.

The annual Murray & Roberts Des Baker architecture student design competition and award is held in recognition of the late Des Baker, who was Executive Chairman of Murray & Roberts when he sadly passed away in 1982, having served the company for 34 years. In his time Des was recognised for and was well known as one of the most outstanding and respected figures in the construction industry. In particular, Des was well known for his progressive thinking as manifested in 1978 when he said;

"To me it always seemed illogical that the client should employ a contractor and not make use of his expertise. The earlier the contractor can be brought in on an advisory basis, the better for all concerned"


The Des Baker Award was introduced in 1983 in recognition of Des, with the annual Murray & Roberts Des Baker Student Architecture Design Competition open to all students of architecture at Universities and Technical Universities in South Africa and the region. The competition and award is sponsored by Murray & Roberts in partnership with established architectural schools and the National Architecture Student Congress. The aim of the Murray & Roberts Des Baker Student Architecture Design Competition and Award is to;

  • Grow and enrich the understanding and relationship between architects and contractors
  • Recognise and reward students of architecture for their achievements in the competition
  • Associate the late Des Baker with a prestigious award in the field of construction

The Murray & Roberts Des Baker Student Architecture Design Competition and Award event is held in conjunction with the annual week-long National Architecture Students Congress, which is hosted by a different learning institution each year. The 2009 National Architecture Student Congress was hosted by the University of Pretoria.

 

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