Designing his own future

Elao Martin has received a regional award in Johannesburg and will represent his university later this year in a national competition.

22 January 2019 | Education

Tunohole Mungoba

Elao Martin, a 24-year-old architecture masters’ degree graduate from the University of Johannesburg, is the regional winner of the Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award, which honours the best masters’ level students in South Africa, based on their final thesis and/or dissertations.

Martin received R10 000 and will be among eight young architects from major universities around the country who will be recognised for their talent and innovation throughout this year.

The winners of each regional competition will then go head-to-head for the national Architectural Student of the Year Award and prize money of R70 000. The national winner will be announced in Johannesburg on 8 May.

“The award has been running for 32 years and my masters’ thesis titled ‘Re-imagining Kitintale's landscape through clay brick making’, won the regional Corobrik award,” he said.

Kitintale is situated in Kampala, Uganda.

“I will represent the University of Johannesburg at the national awards against the other South African universities' top students later this year in Johannesburg,” Martin said.

Born in Anamulenge village in northern Namibia, Martin was raised by his single mother in Windhoek.

“I completed my secondary education at Concordia College in Windhoek, before beginning my studies in architecture at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust), where I obtained bachelors and honours degrees. I then relocated to South Africa to pursue a masters’ degree in architecture at the University of Johannesburg’s prestigious Graduate School of Architecture,” he tells The Zone.

According to Martin, he has always been passionate about architecture, long before he knew about the profession’s existence and this showed through his hobbies of model-making and drawing as a young child.

“I hope my award will attract the interest of top architecture firms in Namibia and South Africa, possibly even further beyond. After completing the required training and statutory examinations to register as a professional architect, I hope to make a positive mark on the building environment,” he said.

“I also want to work to create an international reputation in order to contribute to the export of Namibian skills and services, and potentially create job opportunities for other young Namibians in the field.”

According to Martin, the biggest challenges he faced during his journey were the same faced by most young people pursuing a career in architecture, such as the high costs of education, and more recently, the negative growth in the economy.

“This will mean fewer opportunities for graduates and young professionals. I do, however, look to the future with optimism and look forward to a fulfilling and rewarding career in the field, for myself and others.”

Similar News

 

Reading the signs

2 days ago - 20 August 2019 | Education

Ester KamatiSince May 2011, Hazel Josob has been the principal teacher at the Association for Children with Language, Speech and Hearing Impairments of Namibia (CLaSH)...

Taking calculated risks

2 days ago - 20 August 2019 | Education

Ester Kamati Mercy Namases, who was born in Okombahe village, describes herself as a dynamic young lady with an outstanding personality. She exudes confidence in...

Students vent over unpaid fees

6 days ago - 16 August 2019 | Education

Justicia Shipena Student leaders say there is a delay in the Namibia Student Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) paying out tuition and non-tuition fees...

Two giants come together

6 days ago - 16 August 2019 | Education

On 14 August, MTC and the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) gathered at the Nust chambers to formally announce the signing of memorandum...

Good Samaritan ploughs back

1 week ago - 13 August 2019 | Education

Michelline NawatisesKaleb Haipinge, a self-employed visual artist, parent and community member, donated building material of N$10 000 on 6 August to the A. Shipena Secondary...

Getting lost in the pages

1 week ago - 13 August 2019 | Education

Michelline NawatisesThe First Lady of Namibia Monica Geingos provided the last of the three mentorship sessions with the learners at the KAYEC Trust after-school centre....

Probe into kindergarten beating

1 week ago - 13 August 2019 | Education

Parents whose children were allegedly assaulted by a teacher at Rehoboth Primary School have opened a case of assault with the police. A...

Union condemns suspension of health training centres

1 week ago - 13 August 2019 | Education

NAMPA The Namibia Nurses Union (NANU) has condemned the suspension of the national health training centres under the health ministry where enrolled nurses, pharmacist assistants...

A holistic approach to education

1 week ago - 09 August 2019 | Education

Evany van Wyk With a humble start in a one-bedroom apartment, one laptop and offering only a few courses, Lingua has grown into a fully-fledged...

Providing learning opportunities for the job market

1 week ago - 09 August 2019 | Education

JUSTICIA SHIPENA On 2 August, Sanlam Namibia took in eight students from the University of Namibia (Unam), University of Science and Technology (Nust) and International...

Latest News

Power cut at education offices

21 hours ago | Energy

The Ohangwena education directorate's offices at Eenhana have been left without electricity, after Nored cut the power due to non-payment on Tuesday.According to sources, the...

N$600m down the drain

21 hours ago | Justice

Any hopes of Namibia recovering the over N$600 million lost in the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) scandal have been dashed. Prosecutor-General Martha Imalwa confirmed...

Solar-irrigated farms face hungry elephants

21 hours ago | Economics

Lungelo Ndhlovu - When one of Zimbabwe's first solar mini-grid systems was installed in this drought-prone village near the Botswana border in 2016, residents thought...

Infighting hinders progress

21 hours ago | Columns

Our traditional leaders, with all due respect, have been hogging the headlines for some time now, and mostly for the wrong reasons. Unnecessary infighting among...

First vegan investment fund coming...

21 hours ago | Business

Sebastien Malo – An investment fund designed for animal rights advocates and environmentalists, the first of its kind according to financial experts, is set to...

SA inflation dips as growth...

21 hours ago | Economics

South Africa's inflation last month dipped to 4.0%, its lowest level since January, the statistics agency said yesterday. In June, inflation was 4.5%.The decline was...

OATF attracts 25 international exhibitors

21 hours ago | Business

ONGWEDIVA – The 2019 Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair (OATF), which starts tomorrow, has attracted 451 exhibitors, 5.5% of which are international.A total of 450 exhibitors...

Water pollution an 'invisible threat'...

21 hours ago | Economics

Kim Harrisberg – Water pollution threatens nearly all the globally agreed development goals to end environmental destruction, poverty and suffering by 2030, economists warned in...

Companies fail on health, safety

21 hours ago | Health

The majority of companies inspected by the labour ministry in the first quarter of this year were not in compliance with occupational health and safety...

Load More