A high level of technical skill, a good grasp of sustainability issues and the ability to engage in creative problem-solving are a few of the characteristics that led to Jean-Pierre Desvaux De Marigny being named the overall winner at the Corobrik Architectural Awards this year. Having studied at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, his thesis entry titled ‘Design for [bio] diversity’ explored ‘the potential of architecture for ecological conservation, proposing an environmental awareness and water research facility in the context of Springfield industrial park/uMgeni River catchment area in Durban’.
De Marigny was one of eight regional winners from the country’s major universities, who went on to compete for the national title and a prize of R50 000. This prestigious competition spearheaded by Corobrik has spanned three decades, bearing witness to a considerable change in the approach of young architects over time. As innovation in the industry is increasingly driven by the aim to lighten our built environment’s impact, paired with an innate understanding of the social and cultural climate in South Africa, a project like Desvaux De Marigny’s was bound to stand out.
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