About the PG Bison 1.618 Competition

The PG Bison 1.618 Competition is now in its 24th year. The competition was created over two decades ago to recognise the future interior and industrial designers, architects and key decision makers in the South African construction industry.

In this time it has come to be known not only for the prestige it offers its winners, but also for the tradition-defying brief given to the students each year.

The competition, which culminates in a swanky awards ceremony each year, has established itself as an integral part of the syllabus at the majority of institutions across the country.

The South African Institute of Interior Design Professions (IID) have given the competition and awards full accreditation. www.iidprofessions.com

The significance of 1.618

The golden ratio or mean has fascinated intellectuals for millennia. It is the numerical expression for something that is aesthetically appealing, beautiful, admirable and alluring. Ordinarily these qualities cannot be measured, but the golden mean can be found in many historical buildings and works of art, as well as in the natural world.

2015 Winners

1st Place: Paolo Kirsten from the University of Pretoria. Valued at R120, 000.00, Paolo has won an all-expenses-paid trip for himself and his lecturer, Derick de Bruyn, to the 2016, Furniture Fair in Milan, Italy.

2nd Place:  Bernard Coetser from Design School of Southern Africa. Bernard has won an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2016 Design Indaba in Cape Town, plus R3, 000 in cash.

3rd Place: Jacques Steyn, from the University of the Free State. Jacques has won R10, 000 in cash.

Once again, all remaining Top Ten Finalists will receive a R2, 000 cash prize.

2016 Judging Panel

Bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to the 2016 judging panel, is Professor ‘Ora Joubert.  Prof. ‘Joubert runs a private practice, is a prolific external examiner, and her work has received critical acclaim in over 50 publications worldwide.

The 2016 panel is made complete by the presence of: Callie van der Merwe, Phill Mashabane, Mokena Makeka and Nthabi Taukobong. 


Win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Furniture Fair in Milan, Italy.

The winning student, and their lecturer, will attend the fair in Milan, Italy.

2016 Judges


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Prof. 'Ora Joubert

Professor ‘Ora Joubert runs a private practice, is a prolific external examiner, and her work has received critical acclaim in over 50 publications worldwide. A former HOD of the Universities of the Free State and Pretoria, she is also the convenor and editor of the seminal, 450page reference book on contemporary South African architecture entitled 10+ years 100+ buildings – Architecture in a Democratic South Africa.

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Callie van der Merwe

The Design Partnership

The 98-strong team at The Design Partnership specializes in "User-Centric Retail and Hospitality Design".

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Phill Mashabane

Mashabane Rose Associates

President of SACAP (South African Council for the Architectural Profession)

Phill has contributed to a broad variety of prestigious projects over a thirty year career including the Apartheid Museum, and most recently the sculpture of Nelson Mandela in Howick.

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Mokena Makeka

Makeka Design lab

Mokena directs Makeka Design Lab, a laboratory practice founded in 2002 that designs innovative design solutions at the urban, architectural, cultural and installation scale.

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Nthabi Taukobong

Ditau Interiors

Ditau Interiors’ extensive project portfolio has seen Nthabi design for royalty, deputy presidents and top CEO’s and directors in South Africa.