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University of Cape Town Wins the 2008 Murray & Roberts Des Baker Award

27 August 2008

Growing and enriching the understanding and relationship between architects and contractors

Christopher Bisset and Julia Hundermark of the University of Cape Town were named the winners out of 25 entries of the 2008 Murray & Roberts Des Baker Student Architecture Design Competition. The award was handed to Christopher and Julia at a function attended by some 800 people, held at Woodlands Farm on the outskirts of Bloemfontein on Monday evening, 25 August 2008.
The first runner-up certificate went to Michael Cornwell and Phillip Baer of the University of the Witwatersrand and the second runner-up certificate went to André Malan and Dylan Pope of the University of Cape Town.

The theme of the 2008 Murray & Roberts Des Baker Student Architecture Design Competition and the 2008 National Architecture Student Congress is "Architecture the theatre of life - in a non urban environment".


The dignitaries with the 2008 winners

The annual event 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 2008 National Architecture Student Congress is being hosted by the University of the Free State.

 

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