We can’t tell you how excited we are to announce that East Coast Architects, the firm responsible for the design of both Seven Fountains Primary School and Vele Secondary School, are the recipients of the 2016 Global Award for Sustainable Architecture! The award is presented by the Paris-based LOCUS Foundation, with the support of Unesco, and is based on the overall portfolio of the architects concerned, rather than one project in particular. It talks to the ethos of the architects nominated—the jurors, who this year considered more than 200 nominations, looked for those architects whose work deals with the economic, ecological, social and cultural challenges facing society today.
Derek van Heerden and Steve Kinsler from East Coast Architects (ECA), flew to Paris to receive the award, as well as to present a lecture on their work, with a specific focus on the designs of Seven Fountains and Vele. ECA are only the second South African architecture practice to receive the award in the ten years that the programme has been running—other recipients include Christopher Alexander, Jan Gehl, Steve Baer, Teddy Cruz and Alejandro Aravena, to name just a few. This list of previous awardees really does read like the who’s who of the sustainable architecture world!
Well done to the team at ECA! The Creating Shools Trust is so fortunate to work with such an incredibly passionate group of people. We couldn’t be prouder that their work has been acknowledged in such an important way.