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During the month of August, we interviewed six extraordinary women. Each one had a distinctive piece of wisdom to impart.
Dr. Ariane Janse van Rensburg, on why there weren’t more women making waves in architecture, said that women often get support while studying, but not necessarily while working. As a consequence, many women graduate from architectural studies but many work in related fields as opposed to as architects. Architect Janet Saaiman said the face of architecture is still predominantly white male – women tend to just get down to doing the job and find their satisfaction in a job done well with all expectations met.
Sumaya Valley, Director of Counterspace Urban Design said that women bring a focus on myth, narrative, on quirky sensibilities, attention to tactile and sensory qualities and re-enrich the profession of architecture. Architect and Urban designer Althea Peakcock said that transformation is an ongoing journey, not a once-off occurrence.
Architect and Urban Designer Monica Albonico spoke on architecture as a way of binding communities together – bringing different energies into play and adopting enabling and transformative urban policies to guide the development of our cities; making them inclusive, flexible and empowering. She said we should bring women to the forefront of negotiations and decision-making to protect and reinforce the role that social capital plays in delivering more equitable urban spaces.
Marella O’Reilly, CEO of SACAP outlined the WiASA (Women in Architecture South Africa) initiative that aims to get more women engaged in architecture, allowing their voices to be heard and their unique capabilities to be harnessed.
What a treat to have so many extraordinary women in studio with us – Janet Saaiman and Althea Peacock tell us about women in architecture and touch on what transformation means; Sumaya Valley chats about what women bring to the architectural space and Monica Albonico talks about bringing communities together through urban planning; Dr. Ariane Janse van Rensburg talks about why women don’t remain in architecture formally and SACAP CEO Marella O’Reilly tells us about the Women in Architecture (WiASA) initiative that SACAP is rolling out.
- Monica Albonico
- Janet Saaiman
- Ariane Janse van Rensburg
- Sumaya Valley
- Marella O’Reilly
- Althea Peacock
Gerrit Stoop from Smarten Renovate joined us on air to chat about the dos and don’t of renovation – what are the first steps and what should you be aware of.
- Gerrit Stroop
We had Rogan Heale from Schindler’s Attorneys in studio with us to catch up on what’s been happening legally, specifically in terms of what the municipalities can and can’t do with your bills.
- Rogan Heale
Jessica van der Walt from Century Property Developments joined us in studio to chat about their developments, including the brand new The Sheds, an upmarket rental opportunity, as well as the progress at Waterfall and their incredible Innovation Hub that’s helping entrepreneurs from all walks of life.
- Jessica van der Walt
Brendan Lowen from Everite joined us in studio to talk about advanced building systems and the materials you can use to take your home into the modern era. He also discusses synthetic and authentic materials and how consumers can benefit from both.
- Brendan Lowen
Albie Schroder from Pioneer Floor Heating joined us in studio to talk about how far underfloor heating systems have advanced. Albie discusses hydronic systems and how new regulations in residential building impact on the underfloor heating business.
- Albie Schroder
Warren Bruckmann from Aquapol spoke to us about rising damp and the common causes of this devastating building problem. He gave us tips on how to recognise different types of damp problems and the different damp proofing products to use when building a home. Aquapol has a solution that is permanent.
- Warren Bruckmann
We spoke to Gary Kolevsohn and Richard Vaughan from StudioMatrix about home automation. Home automation is bringing together all electrical appliances or smart elements of the house and being able to control them from one central point. Listen to how you can turn your house into a smart home.
- Gary Kolevsohn