25th October 2012 marked the big day for the Department. The first generation of Polytechnic Architecture students presented their third year Mini-Thesis design project with the entire Departmental staff as well as the invited guest critiques Ms Gloria Kamau and Mr Paul Munting acting as members of the jury.
After three years of study, this pioneer group is set to graduate with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, which will enable them to register as Candidate Architectural Technologist with NCAQS - pending the new Architects Act.
The projects were as ambitious as the Department itself, ranging from the scale of a cricket stadium in Olympia to a medical centre in Khomasdal. In between were designs for an international convention centre near Wernhil, a building materials research centre in Windhoek North, a secondary school in Cimbebasia, a scheme for slum upgrading and communal facilities in Katutura, an old age home in Rehoboth and a project to convert a San resettlement camp near Gobabis into a village, with culturally adequate housing and public facilities for the gradual socio-economic empowerment of the community.
For the students this moment marked a milestone on a long and sometimes bumpy journey, the last stretch of which they had spent working in architectural offices in Windhoek for their Work Integrated Learning.
We are looking forward to welcome some of the successful graduates back to continue their studies for the Bachelor of Architecture Honours in 2013, a year that will hopefully also see the accreditation process of the program to be initiated.
*Originally published on 1 November 2012