20 shortlisted projects have been announced for the Africa Architecture Awards. More than 500 projects registered to enter the awards, and a total of 307 projects from across the continent, situated in 32 African countries, completed the registration process and qualified to enter.

Shortlists announced for Africa Architecture AwardsThe 20 shortlisted projects stand in line for a trophy in either the Built, Speculative, Emerging Voices or Critical Dialogue category or the overall Grand Prix award of $10 000. These were chosen from 139 entries in the Built category, 91 entries in the Speculative category, 44 entries in the Emerging Voices category and 34 entries in the Critical Dialogue category.

The competing projects in the Built category include One Airport Square in Ghana by MCA Architects, Thread: Artists’ Residency and Cultural Centre in Senegal by Toshiko Mori Architects, Dakar Conference Centre in Senegal by Tabanlioglu Architects, Umkhumbane Museum in South Africa by Choromanski Architects, and Out of the Box Partnerships in Ethiopia by Parallel Solutions.

The Speculative category includes Ecree, Ecowski Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Cape Verde by Fernando Mauricio Dos Santos, New Eye Sight Hospital in the Republic of Congo by Boogertman and Partners, the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda by Mass Design Group, The Territory Inbetween in South Africa by Aissata Balde, and Beyond Entropy in Angola by Paula Nascimento.

Shortlisted entries in the Emerging Voices category include the Embassy of Mantanhas – Eclectic Atlases in Cape Verde by Stephanie Ryder from the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Johannesburg, Architecture of Crisis: Windhoek Community Boreholes by Elao Martin from Namibia University of Science and Technology, Re-think Makoko in Lagos by Mohamed Waheed Fareed Abdelfatah from Helwan University in Egypt, The Monolith of Kasolo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by Federico Fauli from the Architectural Association at the School of Architecture in London, and The Exchange Consulate: Trading Passports for Hyper-Performative Economic Enclaves in South Africa by Ogundare Olawale in Israel.

The nominees for the Critical Dialogue award include the Design Indaba in South Africa by Interactive Africa, APSAIDAL by Ebano Wey Ekame Ikuga from Spain, Forum de Arquitectura by Ceica in Angola, The Journey of Design and Critical Dialogue - Securing the Presence of Urban Livelihoods by Richard Dobson in South Africa, and Revolution Room by Visual Arts Network from South Africa and Waza Arts Centre in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The shortlist was chosen by a Master Jury comprised of a pan-African panel of architects and industry experts. These included Anna Abengowe from Nigeria, Guillaume Koffi from Côte d’Ivoire, Professor Edgar Pieterse from South Africa, Patti Anahory from Cape Verde, Professor Mark Olweny from Uganda, Tanzeem Razak from South Africa, and Phill Mashabane from South Africa. More than 100 000 people have already participated in the public voting component of the People’s Choice award.

All 307 projects entered for the Awards are featured on www.AfricaArchitectureAwards.com. “The Africa Architecture Awards have been established to highlight the continent’s innovative and collaborative style of solving problems – architectural or otherwise. Saint-Gobain has engaged with some of the best minds in the field to establish this programme, so that the awards are relevant, contextual and progressive. We are more than thrilled to see the response that the competition has received to date,” says Evan Lockhart-Barker, the Managing Director of the Saint-Gobain Retail Business Development Initiative.

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