International Award – a global mark of excellence

12 Jul 2019 - 14:15


Emeritus Professor Dave Dewar, a senior scholar in the School of Architecture, Planning & Geomatics, received an International Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, the oldest, annual public celebration of global architecture that sees practices around the world compete for the title of "Global Building of the Year."

Dewar's practice, Piet Louw and Dave Dewar Architects, Urban Designers and City Planners, were awarded in the category of urban planning/landscape architecture for the Agulhas National Park project which is centred around the primary gateway into the park where the second oldest lighthouse in South Africa has been graded as a provincial heritage site.

"Following a rigorous process from a record number of international submissions, this year's 2019 shortlist of 350 projects from 41 nations," states Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, Museum President, The Chicago Athenaeum, "highlights the amazing work done by the talented architecture visionaries whose talent and innovation have created talking points that will span generations."

"The projects on the shortlist were judged against a range of criteria including design vision; innovation and originality; capacity to stimulate, engage and delight occupants and visitors; accessibility and sustainability; how fit the building is for its purpose and the level of client satisfaction."

"Shaping the built environment is a tough challenge for anyone, and the architects and innovators here from across the architecture market have an important role to play in transforming the way we see the world."

"I am delighted with this year's selection and praise these dedicated firms and individuals and their hard work and their commitment to define a better world. Congratulations to all of this year's winners," adds Narkiewicz-Laine

Find out more about the Agulhas National Park project.