The winner of the Architecture category will receive a R50 000 cash prize and runners-up will receive a R15 000 award. Finalists are guaranteed an exhibit of their work and online profiling of them and their projects.



The acceleration in global urbanisation – exacerbated by climate change – dramatically shapes the cities in which we live. As a result, new opportunities are being created – toward compact cities, improved energy consumption, economic and social dynamism, market creation, and human development and climate change adaptation. Different scenarios of change are envisaged as to how we live, engage, interact, and survive either as individuals, or as part of a collective within the urban environment. Cities not only need to be sustainable, but also become more adaptive and diverse so as to be more resilient in the face of such new scenarios.

The term ‘resilience’ is the ability of a system to absorb, or recover, from certain disturbances (natural or man-made) without losing its functional identity. Resilience is also about the significance of phenomena that hold on to properties that matter to and for a site; it is about things ‘objecting the loss of meaning, persistent in their resisting’.


The spatial implications of rapid growth and change can be interpreted as ‘holes’ in our cities (frequently aggravated by the politics of the past), such as unoccupied space, demolished buildings, infrastructural ‘gaps’ and so-called ‘memory’ spaces. Such spaces have been outlined differently since Trancik’s original definition of lost space to the most recent description of aree intervall. Identify such a ‘hole’ in your city, by selecting a site that simultaneously suggests properties of persisting or resisting that intimates a conceptualization of resilience.

  1. In keeping with the themes underlying the AZA 2018, namely WeTheCity: memory + resilience, you are required to explore possible connections between memory and resilience, and its spatial implications.
  2. In addition, you are required to think of ways that communities need to be prepared for changes and challenges that accompany the process of rapid urbanisation in our cities.
  3. Your design strategy must contribute towards spatial transformation, regeneration, and community development at an urban scale through an architectural intervention. Your design should demonstrate appropriate architectural solutions for your selected site, and should activate its precinct through its connections.


All work entered into this category must be produced: 

  • Individually or in pairs (not more than 2 people).
  • Eligible students include only students of architecture at universities in the Southern African Development Community who are in their final year of an undergraduate degree programme in architecture (BAS, B.Tech or similar), or in the third year of a professionally accredited undergraduate programme in architecture (B.Arch or similar).
  • Each institution may submit a maximum of two (2) entries, although only one (1) submission per institution may be exhibited.
  • There may not be any identifying name or university symbols visible on displayed drawings, or models/artefacts. All work must be accompanied by the entry form on this website.




  • Your submission will be assessed against the following criteria:
  • The extent to which the submission demonstrates a depth of interpretationof the issues around the city, memory and resilience.
  • The extent to which the submission demonstrates architecturaldesign innovation in spatial transformation, regeneration and community development
  • The extent to which the submission reflects an imaginative response to the challenges and opportunities to be anticipated as a result of rapid urbanisation.
  • The extent to which the submission captures issues that are relevant to the changes to the city which are being represented
  • The extent to which the submission provokes a response from the viewer and encourages them to reflect on the underlying issues.
  • The strength of the imagery, the power of the narrative and the clarity of the overall presentation.
  • Please note that a PDF of the display boards should accompany the physical submission (boards and model) at the time of submission. Students will have the CD/DVD or USB drive used to submit the PDF returned to them.
  • The intervention(s) must be located in any one of the cities or metropolitan areas, which house a Southern African school of architecture. Students are not limited to the city/metropolitan area in which their university is located. The city/metropolitan area and the location of the interventions within the city must be clearly indicated on your competition boards.
  • Your intervention/s must be larger than 250m2 in floor area, but massing should not exceed 3000m2. If an element is not a building with defined floor areas, it must be of a similar scale or footprint to the requirements above.
  • Entries must include at least one construction detail.
  • All work submitted must be submitted on three A1-sized boards and as a model or artefact at any scale, though not to exceed 1000mm x 500mm x 500mm in dimensions. All entries must be received on or before 17h00 on 2018-02-26. The address will be confirmed in due course. Work will be exhibited at the AZA 2018 Conference in Pretoria, City of Tshwane, during which winners will be announced.
  • Questions may be directed to marguerite.pienaar@up.ac.za before 2017-10-25. Responses will be made available on the PPC Imaginarium webpage.


The judging panel will be independent from any South African architectural learning site and will be representative of the architectural community. The names of the members of the panel will be announced upon confirmation. Regional judging takes place and finalists are chosen, these finalists will be judged by a national panel It is in the sole and final discretion of the organisers/judges to cancel any entry on the grounds of illegality infringement of any third party rights, or a transgression of the constitutional right of freedom of expression. Please note that the judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.



Thursday, 18 May 2017 - Friday, 1 December 2017



Thursday, 18 May 2017 -  Tuesday, 3 April 2018


Thursday, 18 May 2017 – Thursday, 26 October 2017



Deadline: Wednesday, 2 May 2018

AZA Exhibition

Thursday, 3 May 2018 - Saturday, 5 May 2018


Thursday, 3 May 2018


Thursday, 3 May 2018