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Thursday, 24 August 2017

Architecture students awarded bursaries from industry body

CHOSEN FEW: Some of the students selected for the SACAP bursaries CHOSEN FEW: Some of the students selected for the SACAP bursaries

A R40 000 bursary donation to six Architecture students will not only have an immediate financial impact but also has long term transformation ambitions.

The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) made the donation and encouraged the Architectural Technology Department to distribute the funds as they saw fit.

Acting Head of the Architectural Technology and Interior Design Department Nikki Jinka says staff debated the most applicable way to split the money and in the end decided to divide it into two R10 000 and four R5 000 awards.

In order to be considered students wrote motivation letters describing their experience of being disadvantaged and were also assessed on their academic performance and financial need.

First year student Marileen Lamprecht, 23, scooped one of the coveted R10 000 prizes after explaining how she changed universities and courses then job shadowed for a year in a boutique Architectural firm near her home, all in her pursuit of being an architect one day.

Jinka says the ongoing transformation agenda of SACAP was the main consideration when assessing the students.

“It is critical that the industry reflects not only more architects of colour but also that more  females are brought on board,” he says.

The other winning students are Lusenathi Ntsabo; Nyiko Makhubela; Siphiwe Mabaso, Raabeah Floris and Jasmine Zwane. 

Written by Lauren Kansley

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