Nelson Mandela University Architecture master’s student Judy Cizek was one of three joint winners in a prestigious national architecture competition, open to top candidates from architecture schools across the country.
Each equally-ranked winner received R50 000 from the Carl and Emily Fuchs Foundation. It was the ninth year the Foundation has awarded its prestigious Prize in Architecture.
Competing for the prize was not easy. In total, eight students were selected from different institutions, including the universities of Cape Town, Pretoria, the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Johannesburg as well as Wits and Tshwane University of Technology.
They were judged on a portfolio of undergraduate work, academic results over their entire Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree, a 24-hour design competition, and an interview. A panel of well-respected architects and academics made up the panel of judges.
The 24-hour design, titled “Weaving a new Joubert Park”, challenged the finalists to re-imagine this historic city park in the next 100 years.
“The part I was most stressed about was the 24-hour design, but the judges said mine was the best and this is what pulled me through,” said a delighted Cizek, 23, who was born and raised in Port Elizabeth, where she matriculated from Alexander Road High.
Cizek has no set plans as yet for after her studies,