5 keynote speakers – all of whom are leading South African and International architects. They include:

Presentations by architects, urbanists, artists, philosophers and community representatives.

Presentations by the students from the Schools of Architecture

Peter van Lengen

Peter van Lengen is the son of Johan van Lengen, author of “The Barefoot Architect”, who decided to move with his family to Brazil were he started to work with poor communities and to build more environmentally sustainable housing.  In 1987 he founded, with his wife Rose, TIBÁ (Bio-Architecture and Intuitive Technology), an institute in Brazil’s Mata Atlantica jungle to show a deeper awareness of how we should perceive our environment. 
The mission of TIBÁ is to make the development and application of low-cost technology with low environmental impact accessible to many people living in poor communities. 
Johan’s son Peter van Lengen will discuss the work of TIBÁ.


Jo Noero

Jo Noero studied architecture at Natal University (Bachelor of Architecture in 1977, his post graduate degree he completed at the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England(Master of philosophy in architecture 1980).  His thesis focused on disadvantaged communities in South Africa.  He returned in the 1980’s to South Africa, where he continued to teach and practice simultaneously.  He now practice as Noero Wolff Architects in Cape Town, South Africa, where his works range in scale from single houses to large museums/law courts/schools.

The Red Location Museum, by Noero Wolff Architects, won the Lubetkin Prize from the RIBA in 2006. It is situated in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth and will be visited during the Architecture Student Congress 2011.

Nina Maritz

Nina Maritz grew up in Port Elizabeth, studied at UCT, Cape Town, where she obtained her B.Arch degree, and is currently working in Namibia, where she established Nina Maritz Architect in 1998.  Her Projects are a range of private, government and corporate work with a main focus on environmental sustainability and community projects.

The Habitat Research and Development Centre is most probably her most well known building.  It is located in Katutura, a former black township on the border of the capital city of Windhoek.  This design focuses on the housing needs of the Namibian community and embraces sustainability.  The design optimizes the use of daylight and solar energy.
Nina Maritz will talk about the influence of African society on sustainability.

Jack DeBartolo

Jack DeBartolo graduated from The University of Arizona College of Architecture and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His Master’s Thesis addressed the critical nature of ‘sacredness’ in architecture - fundamentally orchestrated by material and light.  After he obtained his degree he worked with the desert architect, Will Bruder.
Today Jack DeBartolo is the principal and design leader of debartolo architects, which is based in Phoenix, Arizona.  The studio has a reputation of creating powerful architecture through the innovative use of common materials within the discipline of restraint and simplicity, shaping space with light and material.
Apart from his sudio, he is also teaching as an Adjunct Professor at ASU. In 2010, he led students into the developing world (Soddo, Ethiopia) to design a new orphanage for one of the poorest communities on the globe.

Oscar Hagerman and Paloma Vera

Oscar Hagermann uses an approach that combines traditional aesthetics with contemporary technology thereby combining both culture and development.  He creates designs that meet the needs of the community and ensures that it reflects their values. 
He works in wide spectrum designing housing, schools, community centres, an eco-tourism hotel, the Intercultural University of the Indigenous Ayuuk People, clinics, an orphanage, furniture and objects for the tourist market.
Oscar is also renowned as a leading Professor of Architecture and Design at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Paloma Vera is a pupil of Oscar Hagerman.  She also practice and teaches and has emerged as one of Latin America’s leading architectural critics.

They are currently participating in an exhibition of social housing and self-construction at the MAM Museo de Arte Moderno, México. (more info)