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
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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.
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.