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putting out “an open call”. He also suggests that the first step of a project’s definition is crucial

Sohie emphasised that this mentorship programme

in understanding the various social, cultural and

would place trained people in key positions of public

economic issues involved and how these need to

procurement, who have the “intellectual capacity” in

be understood and addressed appropriately by

making key decisions that allow for the development

the project team. Another point that Devoldere

of high-quality public buildings.

stressed on was the inclusion of young architects

therefore enhance and promote quality architecture

and professionals, particularly in final appointments

Diane Arvanitakis’ (SHiFT) response to the opening

in big projects, in order to allow for creative growth

question by the chair was sharing an opinion of

in South Africa and resulting in quality projects.

“housing not sexy enough” to actually procure

He concluded by requesting the DoPW to consider

relevant architectural professionals. Arvanitakis

“union interventions” in public projects, that ensure

suggested that there was a gap that existed between

constant monitoring of public developments and

architecture and housing which needed to be dealt

result in a high-quality end product which is also

with, specifically the issue of housing in the level

appreciated by the public.

of architectural education. She indicated that the only existing intervention between social housing

in South Africa. Devoldere expressed a deep concern for the discontinuation of CAPE in early 2011 and

Caroline Sohie (ARUP) agreed with the difficulties

and architecture students was the “SHiFT” housing

what its repercussions would be for South African

and challenges faced by a developing country

competition and more emphasis on social housing was

architecture. However Ms Sohie’s view was that the

such as South Africa however, she emphasised the

required. Arvanitakis also suggested more emphasis

organisation had in fact not been discontinued but

existence of capabilities that are still to be utilized

on the issues of sustainability at an architectural

was merged.

to their fullest. Sohie also suggested that developing

education level that would provide better results in

countries should produce contemporary solutions

obtaining public “green buildings” in the future.

Devoldere then shifted focus in response to Kgaka’s

and proactive tools in procurement, like those of the

opening question in acknowledging Mampura’s views

Bouwmeester, that are relevant to the challenges

Architectural education and what objectives it

of different challenges faced by different countries.

faced. She also emphasised the provision of future

constitutes also need to be rethought, according to

However he emphasised that some similarities do

high-quality public environments meant that there

Arvanitakis, in order to encourage diversity in the

exist in both developed countries and South Africa,

should be a close-working relationship between the

field and to procure appropriate public buildings in

which need to be considered in order to develop

public government bodies and professional bodies.

the future. She also highlighted the lack of

quality projects and designers. Devoldere stressed the

This should result in a “multi-disciplinary” aspect

importance of understanding the various disciplines

which has the capability of creating a “mentorship

involved in a project and the Bouwmeester ensures

programme” that allows for critical key decisions to

that there is a general understanding of these when

be made by specific people in strategic positions.

Procuring Architecture  

Report on the Flemish/South African workshop on Architectural procurement held at Wits University on March 24 2011.

Procuring Architecture  

Report on the Flemish/South African workshop on Architectural procurement held at Wits University on March 24 2011.