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The Way of Water

On the 05th and 06th of May11 artists and art collectives from 6 countries across the globe produced simultaneous art performances that focused on water environmental issues pertinent to each location.   These performances were recorded through photographs and video for exhibition. 

The international art project was designed to bring attention to the fragile marine environment which is currently threatened by pollution, excessive fishing, and encroaching human development and industry.

The 2017 Milde McWilliams Memorial lecture will be presented by gold medalist architect, John Rushmere. 
Coming Soon!!!
Exciting news, the exciting archi student magazine, Edge, will be on the shelves soon. Keep your eye on this space for more information soon! 
The Department of Architecture is thrilled to announce that Linda Lesolle is announced as one of five finalists for the 2017 Boogertman + Partners Architectural Design Scholarship Award Challenge. Linda was chosen from 12 institutions from Africa. We are proud, and looking forward to the final round.
Kawthar Jeewa, third year Architecture students received a overall 3rd price for her design contribution at the W.A.Ve, the annual architectural workshop organised by the prestigious university of IUAV, Venice, Italy.

The traveling exhibition returns to its home city with a final exhibition being hosted by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum in Port Elizabeth from the 17th of August to the 15th of September 2017. The opening of the exhibition is on Thursday 17th of August at 6pm at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum. This exhibition is open to the public and free of an entrance fee. The citizens of Port Elizabeth, members of the Architectural profession and students are kindly invited to participate in this important, one of its kind, cultural event.

The 2017 Fourth Year Master of Architecture Urban Design project has a unique touch to it. It was developed jointly by the studio masters and the Nelson Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA). The normal trend of assigning students a project in Architecture and Urban (1st term), Architecture and Ecology (2nd term), Architecture and Heritage (3rd term), and allowing the students to choose a project they enjoyed working on, to develop it further into a mini-treatise complete with working drawings (4th term), has been adhered to. 

Open Day 2017

Come and Visit the Department of Architecture at the 2017 Open Day exhibition This Friday and Saturday (5 and 6 May) Friday 9h - 16h and Saturday 9h to 13h. South Campus Indoor Sport Centre.

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The project “The way of water” is an international collective art performance that will take place contextually, at the same time, in different sea cities:  Brooklyn (US), Maputo (MZ), New Mexico (US), Port Elizabeth (RSA), Venice (IT), Zagreb (RSC).
The performances, in the different sea cities, will be documented with videos and photos that will be shown internationally in selected spaces as Universities and Art Galleries.

The scope of the artistic project is to bring attention to the fragile marine environment, threatened by pollution, excessive fishing, and irresponsible management of the coasts.

Project A.R.C.E.E
Every year the second year architecture students embark on a photography project. For many students this is the first time that they work with a DSL camera. The outcome of the 2017 cohort was phenomenal. The introduction to photography was arranged in five categories. Capturing texture on campus, reflect on the aftermath of the devastating fire, exploring and experimenting with balloons and strawberries. The exhibition of the work is currently on at the Department of Architecture.
Cave Expedition
The first year architecture students embarked on their third design project, taking a step back in time. The students are engaging with the research on the Homo Sapiens Corridor, by investigating five caves in the forms of drawings and models. The caves under investigation include: Blombos Cave, Pinnacle Point Cave PP13B, Nelson Bay Main Cave and Klasies River Main Cave. The work is currently on exhibition at the Department of architecture, First Year Studio from 3 to 13 April 2017. The project of the cave was done in collaboration with AEON who has identifies the Homo Sapiens Corridor. 

The second year architecture students embarked on their third design project for the year, the design of a house situated at Schoenmakerskop. The house for the family of four loves the outdoors and in touch with their roots in South Africa, is looking for a humble, site-specific house at Schoenmakerskop.

Student Work 2016
The work of our top 5th year students are uploaded under the student work section. It contains the Corobrik entry for 2016 and top three students. Be inspired! 
Icebreaker 2017
Students from the School of Archtiecture takes to the city center for a day full of fun, laugter and learning. In groups, students transformed Market Sqaure with works of art. Round about thirty nine teams made up with seven students ranging from architecture, architectural technology and interior design spend the day on Market Square with only chalk. With pavement art as the theme fore this year's icebreaker, the student engaged with the greater public on Market Square. Understanding, in a practical manner, how people interact with public spaces and what role architecture plays in public space. Students not only ended with some incredible pieces of art with multiple themes, they also made new fiends and learned the important role of working together in teams.
AfrikaBurn 2016


The 2nd year design class AA2 at the NMMU Department of Architecture has put together an installation for the AfrikaBurn arts festival.  The project aims to offer students to experience a hands on approach towards the learning of architecture and exposure to the SA arts culture. The architectural content explores the issue of separation and place in architecture.

The exhibition entitled PALLADIO AND THE MODERN shows the first two projects of the first year students just arrived from school with little experience in architectural drawings and building architectural models. 

Their dedicated commitment to the task given, 288 drawings and 144 models in total 432 exhibition pieces, forms part of a three year research program of 2013, 2014 and 2015 in architectural composition given by the Senior Lecturer Arch. Ernst Struwig, Dr. Magda Minguzzi and Arch. Jean-Pierre Basson.

Prize Giving

Annual School of Architecture Prize Giving will be held on Thursday, 14 April 2016 at 18:00 for 18:30.

The exhibition entitled AN INTERPRETATION OF INVISIBLE CITIES BY ITALO CALVINO shows a selection of collages realized by the first year students (2015, 2016) in the course of Architectural presentation technique in collaboration with Design 1.

Workshops 2016

The NMMU Department of Architecture is in pursuit of advancing its engagement with furthering education. In this context, it is building up various prestigious initiatives with relevant role players to achieve this goal.



Contact information
Ms Lourine Smith
School Secretary
Tel: +27 41 5042719