We are happy to announce the finalists for the competition.
|Nina Martiz, [Namibia]|
|After graduating as an architect from the University of Cape Town in 1991, Nina Maritz settled in Namibia in 1992, starting her practice in 1998 to focus on contextual response, sustainability and community development. Nina is a frequent keynote speaker and guest lecturer and is currently assisting with the review of Namibia’s Mass Housing Project. She has acted as juror for several competitions, including the first round of the Holcim Awards Africa-Middle-East Region. She has additional qualifications in urban design and green building and has a keen interest in housing, conservation, traditional and modern crafts, graphic design, ceramics and sustainable landscaping. Her practice is most known for the Habitat Research and Development Centre, where alternative technologies and materials, passive design and a wide range of structural typologies were employed to investigate and demonstrate options for sustainable housing. Other significant projects include the Visitors’ Centre for the Twyfelfontein Prehistoric Rock Art site, the Fish River Canyon Lookout, Uibas-Oas Crystal market, Sorris info centre, Rukonga School, numerous Namibian government projects, and three large regional libraries. The practice’s Facebook page Nina Maritz Architects and their website www.ninamaritzarchitects.com carries detailed information on their work and outlook.|
|Jerry Magutu, [Kenya]|
Jerry Magutu was awarded a degree Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Nairobi, First Class Honors, in 1984. In 1985, Jerry Magutu sought and obtained admission and a full scholarship at the University of California, Berkeley, initially to pursue a Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) degree.
While at Berkeley, Architect Magutu was appointed as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Architecture, College of Environmental Studies, and because of his sterling performance in academics and teaching, he was admitted to the PhD program while en-route to completing the M.Arch. Degree program. Both degrees, M.Arch. And PhD in Architecture were awarded in 1986 and 1989, respectively. Soon after his completion of graduate studies, Architect Magutu was appointed Lecturer in the Department of Architecture at Berkeley, and also worked part-time at the Department of Housing and Community Development of the City of Oakland, USA. He returned to full-time duties in Nairobi, as faculty in 1990.
He has risen through the ranks to full Professor of Architecture and Building Science at the University of Nairobi. He has extensively researched and published several articles in refereed journals and books in housing and urban design and is also a registered and licensed Architect practising as Zed-Arch(K)
|Michael Majale, [Uganda]|
Michael is an independent consultant and researcher currently based in Uganda. He holds a Bachelors Honours degree in Architecture, a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Nairobi in Kenya. He also holds a PhD from Newcastle University in the UK. He has over 25 years of international experience in the field of housing and urban development, and has expertise in research, policy and practice related to housing and urban development, and in particular slum upgrading. His work has included: research and consultancy
in several countries in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean in various capacities, including Afghanistan, Angola, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Nigeria, Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom and Zimbabwe. As BTC Technical Advisor and Project Co-manager of the Kampala Integrated Environmental Planning and Management Project (KIEMP), he oversaw the successful implementation of the EUR 6.6 million bilateral slum upgrading project. Michael has authored/co-authored research, review, synthesis and analytical reports, including Analytical Perspective of Pro-poor Slum Upgrading Frameworks; Affordable Land and Housing in Africa; Affordable Land and Housing in Asia. Enabling Shelter Strategies: Design and Implementation Guide for Policymakers; Enabling Shelter Strategies: Review of Experience from Two Decades of Implementation; and The Urban Housing Manual: Making Regulatory Frameworks work for the Poor.
|Mamadou Gueye, [Senegal]|
Mr. Mamadou Gueye is a graduate of the Thies Polytechnic School (Senegal) and the Centre for Training in Professional Banking (CFPB-France).
He began his professional career as a design engineer at the Technical Studies and Coordination firm in Senegal.
He joined the Senegal Housing Bank (Banque de l’Habitat, BHS) in January 1989, where he held several positions including that of Project Manager, Branch Manager, Technical Director and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. GUEYE is currently the Technical Advisor to BHS’s Director-General.
He has helped create and establish housing banks such as in Benin and Gabon.
Currently, he is a board director in Senegal representing BHS at the Right to the City Foundation, Urban Development Management Council and the Military War-Disabled and Invalids Foundation.
Since April 2015, Mr. Gueye has been the Executive Director of the Housing Banks Professional Association and the West African Monetary Union (UMOA) Guarantee Fund.
|Steve Rukwaro, [Kenya]|
Steve Rukwaro is a Quantity Surveyor and has rendered his professional service in the Kenyan construction industry for over 25 years. He received his degree from the University of Nairobi in the year 1992 and got registered by the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors in 1996. He was accepted as a corporate member of both the Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya and Architectural Association of Kenya (Q.s Chapter) in 1990. He is a Member of the Institute of Construction Project Managers of Kenya. He is a Professional Member Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Steve has also received extensive training in arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolutions and has been successful in negotiating difficult contractual positions in projects and has gained vast experience in building cost estimation, cost planning, cost management and financial management of construction in the capacity of a Quantity Surveyor.
For the last four years, he has co-ordinated the implementation, compliance of Quality Management Systems based on ISO 9000 standards requirements and continually improvement at Amazon Consultants Limited(Kenya).
The award structure for the competition will be in two stages:
- Stage 1 – A prize fund of US$100,000 to be allocated to the top entries with the majority going to the adjudged top 3 entries.
- Stage 2 – An undertaking by Shelter Afrique (and partners) to support and financing for the development and completion of 5000 units of the winning entry in agreed locations across Africa.