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Conversations on Architecture 2013

Launching alongside Decorex SA Durban and sponsored by Caesarstone, the annual Conversations on Architecture conference is being shaken up with this year’s event hitting the roads of South Africa to tour all three major cities. Previously the COA conference fell in line with Decorex SA show dates around the country, but this year the talks will be held in short succession of each other in Durban, Cape Town and Joz i- that means no more waiting for your turn. As the country’s most noteworthy architectural event, the 2013 talks will be hosted by Jozi architect Hugh Fraser and include a long line-up of the world’s hottest architects. See it as a platform to discuss, gain inspiration and learn from the industry leaders on topics such as global trends and cutting edge developments in all design disciplines. Conference info by city Durban: 20 March at the Docklands Hotel, R850 p/p Cape Town: 25 March at CTICC, R950 p/p Jozi: 27 March at The Venue, Melrose Arch, R950 p/p Speakers

  • Alex de Rijke, headline speaker and Dean of Architecture & Interiors at London’s Royal College of Art
  • Solano Benitez, the award-winning Paraguayan architect who founded Gabinete de Arquitectura
  • Jorg Leeser of German architectural practice BeL Associates
  • Kevin Boyd, born and bred in Durban
  • Brian McKechnie, outspoken Johannesburg architect
  • Heinrich Wolff of the Noero Wolff Architects duo
  • Jonathan Green, an eco-architect
  • Anton Francois Comrie, landscape architect and founding member of GREENinc
  • Johann Slee of Slee and Co architects in Stellenbosch
  • Jeremy Steere, practising in Mtunzini and Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Georg van Gass of GASS Architecture Studios and GOET furniture designers and manufacturers
  • Rod Choromanski, a Durban-based architect specialising in small-scale community projects
For more information and to book your tickets, visit Decorex SA, or contact Josephine at or 011-549-8300.