The inaugural Africa Architecture Awards have received over 300 registered entries. As a result, the competition has extended its entry deadline, allowing more architects from across the continent the opportunity to showcase their talents.

Africa Architecture Awards extends entry deadlineThe deadline has been moved from 30 June 2017 to 14 July 2017, and allows those who haven’t yet registered to do so. There are two steps to enter: the first is to register, and the second is to submit documents, images and a film of the entered project. The deadline extension to 14 July 2017 is final and no late entries will be accepted after this date, the organisers have stated. The amended deadline applies to all categories except the People's Choice Award, where public voting continues until 18 August 2017.

The inaugural Africa Architecture Awards is the first dedicated Pan-African awards programme of its kind. The Awards seek to acknowledge standout architectural projects that have been conceived of and/or built on the African continent, and will offer a $10 000 grand prize.

“As the founders of the Africa Architecture Awards, we are naturally pleased to see that the first-ever iteration has been so well received by architects,” says Evan Lockhart-Barker, the Managing Director of the Saint-Gobain Retail Business Development Initiative. “But we would like to encourage as many entries as possible because we are aware of the vast number of significant projects from across Africa and how much they deserve to be highlighted. This extends from built projects to speculative works, to student projects and critical discourse.”

The official awards ceremony is set to take on 28 September 2017 at Cape Town’s Zeitz MOCAA. The Master Jury will identify a shortlist of 20 projects, four trophy winners and one Grand Prix. The Grand Prix winner will receive a $10 000 cash prize at the awards ceremony. A Lifetime Achiever’s Award will be awarded at the discretion of the Master Jury, for an architect or architects who have made a significant contribution to the professions of architecture and/or urban design over a substantial period of time.

Rather than adopt the more conventional categories of other global awards programmes, the Master Jury will approach the Africa Architecture Awards through a values-based system around innovation of design, materials, approach, practice, and new forms of public space; identity, through projects that deal sensitively and innovatively with heritage and tradition, that embody cultural sensitivity and contextual interpretation, that consider appropriation and repurposing of use; and that attempt to translate traditional ways of building/occupying space into modern and contemporary contexts; and implementation. This will cover the energy and inventiveness required to create and implement projects in markets with varying levels and scales of economic government support and infrastructure.

Entries can be submitted at www.AfricaArchitectureAwards.com

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