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Award-winning architects to watch


Three award-winning women architects to watch:

Ilze Wolff

Ilze Wolff achieved her B.Arch and an M.Phil in Heritage and Public Culture at the University of Cape Town. She is a partner at Wolff Architects and co-founded Open House Architecture in 2007. Wolff was recently added to the shortlist for the prestigious Women in Architecture Awards.

The Moira Gemmill prize which she has been nominated for recognises talented architects under the age of 45. The prize has been named after the late Moira Gemmill, who was director of design at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Khensani de Klerk

Khensani de Klerk is an architectural designer, researcher and writer who studied at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and founded the blog Matri-Archi(tecture). Currently set to be re-launched in August 2018, the blog is dedicated to serving as a platform where gender and racial equality in the industry, and design space in general, can be reached. In Khensani’s own words, ‘Matr-Archi is here to provide sources from multiple identity groups and/or through the lens of marginalized identities, (like me!).’

Kate Otten

Kate Otten is an award-winning, Johannesburg based architect most famous for her Gabriel’s Garden project located in Westcliff. In 2009 she received a GIFA Regional Commendation for Gabriel’s Garden Pavilion, a GIFA Merit Award for Architecture as well as an architecture and cityscape award in Dubai for her Parkhurst Shops project. Her most recent awards in 2015 include the Saint Gobain Architecture for Social Gain Awards for which she was awarded the project and an honourable mention for the arcVision International Prize for women in architecture.

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