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Meet the Judges: Nadia Tromp, 2018

Respected multiple award-winning architect Nadia Tromp joined the panel that judged the 2018 PPC Imaginarium Award for Architecture.


The task of selecting Southern Africa’s top design student in architecture is no small feat. Earlier this year, Nadia Tromp joined the panel of esteemed specialists in the global architecture industry who chose the 2018 Winner and Runners-up of the PPC Imaginarium Award for Architecture.

Tromp, a professional architect with multiple accolades under her belt, is an industry leader whose vast CV speaks to the knowledge she brings to bear on the architecture category of the competition, which invites entries from students across Southern Africa.

Tromp is the principal of Johannesburg-based architecture firm Ntsika Architects. Last year the firm blazed to success with a winning entry to the 2017 World Architecture Festival Awards, Johannesburg’s Westbury Clinic, which won in the Health – Completed Buildings category of the awards and further highlights the firm’s dedication to active engagement in Johannesburg.

Ntsika Architects, which Tromp founded in 2008, aims to create quality buildings and environments through which the users’ lives are improved and is concerned with developing relevance through design, advocacy, research and documentation. “The biggest challenge for us is creating buildings and spaces that are robust, while promoting health and human dignity,” says Tromp. “This can be difficult in marginalised communities which are often plagued by social ills and the lack of public space.”

Tromp’s commitment to the social sphere is not limited to her work with Ntsika Architects; in 2012/3, a sojourn at Harvard University led to the idea that architecture could serve as an advocate for social justice. In 2015, Tromp won the award for Architecture at the Mbokodo Awards, founded to acknowledge and celebrate women who have contributed to the arts in South Africa.

Tromp graduated with a B. Arch in 2000; while studying at the University of Cape Town (UCT), she volunteered for an organisation aimed at uplifting the disadvantaged community of Ocean View, Cape Town. After graduating she was employed by Noero Wolff Architects, was mentored there by acclaimed architect Jo Noero, and thereafter joined a practice in Johannesburg. In addition to her accolades, Tromp was invited to exhibit at the Venice 2018 Architecture Biennale and a speaker at the 2018 Architecture ZA (AZA18) conference, where she judged the PPC Imaginarium Award for Architecture.

Her proven commitment to society and her experience reveal Tromp to be an asset to the global architecture industry. We are proud that she joined the judging panel of the 2018 PPC Imaginarium Award for Architecture!

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