This programme refers only to those events hosted by the UJ Student Architecture Festival Committee. However, it also includes key international speakers brought to you by AZA15, which no student should miss! All information regarding the main AZA15 events is in italics. This document is in three parts: an Extended Programme InfoPak, an Accommodation InfoPak and the Ticket InfoPak. Print it off and carry it around with you for easy reference.

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Day Before:

Wednesday 23 September


Pre-registration opens for AZA & SAF 2015 at The Sheds for those students who have not booked their tickets online. Set-up and welcome for students who are camping at UJ’s AW Müller Stadium starts at 14:00 on Wednesday. All tents should be up and running by 17:00 on Wednesday. For more info on accommodation & transportation, see the Accommodation InfoPak.

Day One:

Thursday, 24 September

07:30 – 09:00 | THE SHEDS:


Pre-registration opens at 07:30 at The Sheds. However, breakfast is served from 07:30 at the AW Müller Sports Clubhouse. Students are encouraged to book online or to take advantage of Wednesday’s pre-booking session, so as not to miss breakfast! For more information on ticket and event purchases, see the Ticket InfoPak.

Buses depart from UJ AW Müller Stadium to The Sheds. For more info on accommodation & transportation, see the Accommodation InfoPak.

09:05 – 10:15 | PARALLEL SESSION HALL:
SAF PRESENTS DEBATE #1: Tomorrow’s Architects Today Join UJ Student Debate Hosts Nthati Makgalemela, Sanjay Jeevan and Dr Finzi Saidi in debating what the future might hold for African architecture students and how education should respond to continental and global changes.

At 09:00 – 10:15, in the Main Hall, AZA15 will be presenting two local speakers, Khalied Jacobs and Thorsten Deckler. Following their talks, AZA15 will be presenting international speaker, Steffen Lemmerzahl, from 10:45 – 11:45. Student attendees are particularly encouraged to attend the Lemmerzahl talk. At 11:45, there will be a Q&A following all three morning sessions. At the same time (11:45 – 12:30), there will be a film screening for students who would prefer to watch a film.

11:45 – 12:30 | PARALLEL SESSION HALL:
FILM #1: Robots of Brixton & Jonah

Join UJ Student Moderators for a doublebill screening of award-winning Bartlett architecture student Kibwe Tavares’ two short films, ‘Robots of Brixton’ and ‘Jonah.’


Main Hall: Unit System Africa Exhibition formal opening with Dr Finzi Saidi & Prof Lesley Lokko. Parallel Session Hall: BTech
year exhibition opening with Ken Stucke and the students of UJ’s BTech year. Adjacent Studio: BArch ‘Live Studio’ exhibition opening with Eric Wright, Claudia Morgado and Jhono Bennett.

Following the short, 15-minute opening of Unit System Africa exhibition in the Main Hall, students
are invited to attend the opening of the UJ BTech Year Exhibition in the Parallel Session Hall, together with UJ BArch Exhibition ‘Live Studio’, taking place in the Adjacent Studio next door to The Sheds. All exhibitions will be clearly signposted. Please note that a parallel AZA15 event, the Tami Dance Company Peep Show, will be running simultaneously alongside the exhibitions. However, we’re assuming students will be interested in seeing other students’ work!

14:00 – 15:00 | PARALLEL SESSION HALL:
DEBATE #2: Towards A New Social Agenda In Design

Join UJ Student Debate Hosts Nthati Makgalemela and Sanjay Jeevan and Moderators Mikara Naidoo, Tuliza Sindi and Jhono Bennett in debating future directions in socially-engaged architectural practice and discourse.

From 14:00 – 15:10 in the Main Hall, AZA15 will be presenting two local speakers, Lesley Lokko and Zahira Asmal. At 15:30, AZA15 will be presenting international speaker, Alfredo Brillembourg. Students are particularly encouraged to attend Brillembourg’s talk, which will be followed at 16:30 by local speaker Daniel Silke. For those students wishing to watch a film, a screening will begin at 15:30 in the Parallel Session Hall.

15:00–15:30 | SACAP Speaks!

Join SACAP representatives for a half-hour informative talk on SACAP’s role in your life as a student of architecture, and beyond.

15:30 – 16:45 | PARALLEL SESSION HALL:

FILM #2: Lagos Wide & Close

Rem Koolhaas’ documentary, ‘Lagos Wide & Close’, a challenging film about one of the continent’s most vibrant and dense cities.

16:45 – 18:00 | DRINKS & NETWORKING

During the break, AZA15 presents live music and a Tami Dance Performance.

18:00 – 20:30 | MAIN HALL:
SAF Presents The African Première of The Competition Documentary

Join the Spanish director of the documentary, Àngel Borrego Cubero and UJ Prof Lesley Lokko for a Q&A following the film. The film and the director’s presence have been generously sponsored by nine local firms.

20:30 – 23:00 | KITCHENER’S:

Buses will depart from The Sheds at 20:30 to take students to Kitchener’s, a nearby Jo’burg landmark bar for the first ‘jol’ of the festival.Buses will depart from Kitchener’s at 23:00 to take students back to the camping grounds at UJ. Please be aware that you will need your badge to get into the camping grounds at all times and that if you show up at 03:00 in the morning without one, you won’t be allowed in. Check our website for transport options after 23:00 but remember that you are responsible for your own safety after hours!

Day Two:
Friday, 25 September
Buses depart from UJ AW Müller Stadium to The Sheds.

08:30 – 09:00 | REFRESHMENTS

At 09:00 – 10:35 in the Main Hall, AZA15 will be presenting two international speakers, Yara
Sharif and Julia King. Students are particularly encouraged to attend both sessions, in light of Student Debate #2: Towards a New Social Agenda in Design. Following the presentations and Q&A, there will be a film around similar topics.

11:45 – 13:45 | PARALLEL SESSION HALL:

FILM # 3: The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Watch the Sundance Award-winning documentary, ‘The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz’, a ‘spell-binding portrait of internet ‘hactivist’ Aaron Swartz’s life and convictions. Join UJ Student Moderators and Denise Fouché, Director of Endcode, one of SA’s leading tech law organisations, for the discussion afterwards.

12:30 – 14:00 | MAIN HALL:


At 14:00 – 15:00 in the Main Hall, AZA15 will be presenting international speaker, Beatriz Colomina. Students are encouraged to attend this session.

15:15 – 16:00 | PARALLEL SESSION HALL:

Join UJ BTech Year Convener Ken Stucke as he presents the national award-winning films from this year’s Des Baker Student Architectural Competition.



An exhibition of works by undergraduate students at the University of Johannesburg’s Department of Architecture, a course in the process of transformation from Diploma to Degree, based on site in a developing area of Johannesburg. The work on show celebrates the outgoing and final graduating year of the NDip in Architecture whilst welcoming the pioneering cohort of the new BArch programme at the Department of Architecture.

16:15 – 17:15 | PARALLEL SESSION HALL:

Join UJ Student Debate Hosts Nthati Makgalemela & Sanjay Jeevan as they summarise the previous days’ debates and draw up the charter for the nation’s students for 2016.

18:30 – 23:00 | THE SHEDS:
SOCIAL EVENT #2: It’s A Wrap!

It’s the biggest and best student party ever, with live music, bands, great food and drink. Buses will depart from The Sheds at 23:00 to take students back to the camping grounds at UJ. Ticket entry only: Students @ ZAR50, Public @ ZAR100. You will need your student card to purchase discounted tickets.

Day 3: Saturday 26 September



Buses depart from UJ AW Müller Stadium to The Sheds. Please note that students are responsible for findingtheir own way back to the AW Müller Stadium at UJ as the Workshops, Talks and Walks all finish at different times. All students and their camping equipment must be cleared from the grounds by 17:00 on Saturday.

09:00 – 16:00  SAF MASTERCLASS # 1: Alex Opper, Lorenzo Nassimbeni and Rhett Martyn


This master class attaches itself to the work currently being developed by students enrolled in UJ’s Graduate Programme in Architecture’s (GPA) Unit 1: ‘Architecture and Infrastructure’. We will use – as the physical departure point for the imagining of Jo’burg’s various conditions of below, above and the in-between – one of the Unit 1 sites, an electrifying and mysterious uitvalgrond (surplus ground). The site sits almost invisibly adjacent to Johannesburg’s germinal yet overlooked Main Reef Road. It is within walking distance from the AZA 2015 main venue and is part of the fabric making up the bustling western gateway into Johannesburg’s inner city. Our intense one-day master class will take participants on a simultaneously accelerated and meditative journey through the complex imaginary and physical strata that make up our strange and unique city. After an introductory talk and a walking site visit, we will together produce large-format hand-drawings which aim to pull, stretch, push – and hopefully break – the boundaries between artistic freedom and architectural convention. What the three leaders of this master class have in common is a passion for developing and celebrating ground-breaking and expressive new ways of drawing the city into being. So, join us – you won’t regret it!

Fee: R 350 (students) | R 750 (professionals)

Maximum number of participants: 18

Type of participants invited: professional architects, architecture students, professional artists and art students are all welcome.

Venue: To be announced

Time and duration of master class: Saturday 26th September, 09:00 – 16:00

Useful information: paper will be provided; participants are required to bring along a wide range of drawing media (bearing in mind that we will be producing large format drawings); comfortable walking shoes for site visit. No cameras required.



Step into BlankSpace; a way of experiencing the city without a clear, logical understanding of it. What if you could experience the city in a short spurt, by feeling and sound only? What does this hidden city look to you? What could it be in its future?

Aimed particularly at post-graduate architecture and art students; join us for an unusual blindfolded exploration of short bursts of hidden parts in our city – and then record that experience, and that moment of imagination onto a blank canvas; back at our white-walled studio. Open up your perception of the city. Open up BlankSpace for re-emergences of the imagination.

Fee: R 100 (students/maximum 25) | R 250 (professionals/maximum 15)

Type of participants invited: Postgraduate architecture/arts students and professionals

Venue: Fourthwall Books, Shop # 5, Norvic House, 93 Cnr Reserve & De Korte Streets, Johannesburg.

Time and duration of master class: Saturday 26th September, 09:00 – 13:00

Useful information: There will be an optional lunch at Neighbourhoods Market. Bring around R100 in cash. No extra items required. All materials provided at the masterclass venue.


09:00 – 13:00  SAF MASTERCLASS # 3: BOOM Architects, Jhono Bennett & Julia King


Johannesburg is gold. Johannesburg is hard. Johannesburg is overwhelming, engaging and unstoppable. This city of echoes shares conditions common to other global ‘developing’ metropoli. Established definitions of ‘formal’ and ‘informal’ clash and dissolve into a messy, urban knot. But can complexity, hybridity and ‘messiness’ be accepted as a way of practice? How can we constructively engage with complex urban realities to inform effective modes of dwelling? Where do we position ourselves as ‘professionals’ within environments that operate successfully without us? Through this workshop we will experience a short city walk that takes participants into Johannesburg on a treasure hunt for a-formal conditions, conditions that defy easy categorisation. We aim to re-assemble these moments into a simple graphic manifesto, taking a stance on shared values for engaged practitioners.

Fee: R60 (students); R120 (professionals)

Maximum number of participants: 30

Type of participants invited: anyone/everyone.

Venue: Jo’burg’s streets

Time and duration of master class: Saturday 26th September, 9:00 – 13:00, followed by Drinks With A View

Equipment: Cameras + sketchbooks. Other material will be provided.
Preparation: An informed opinion or stance on less formal/unplanned instances in cities and the value/potential of chaos and messiness.


10:00 – 12:00  SAF WALK # 1: Samantha Sun


Chinese people have moved to South Africa in different waves of migration. As a result of these waves occurring many years apart and during major shifts in South Africa’s political and economical change, these migrants have dispersed themselves across Johannesburg and have settled in hidden spaces far from each other. The First Chinatown on the edge of Ferreirasdorp is one of these spaces where a Chinese cultural enclave has formed. This area was occupied by the first wave of Cantonese miners to Johannesburg. This precinct was known as Malay Camp, or “Malaikem” as the Chinese called it. Over time, this hidden space was re-appropriated by the Cantonese. What was a mining camp, then transformed into a Chinese cultural hub of services and trades. Although today it appears as a forgotten historical corner of the city, it still remains a place of memory for the Chinese people of Johannesburg.

Fee: R40 (students); R80 (professionals)

Maximum number of participants: 30

Type of participants invited: Professional architects, architecture students, professional artists and art students are all welcome.

Venue: Start at entrance to The Sheds

Time and duration of master class: Saturday 26th September, 10:00 – 12:00

Useful information: bring pocket money for some light shopping at the local Chinese supermarket and possibly some lunch at a popular traditional Cantonese restaurant.


09:00 – 13:00  SAF WALK # 2: Dr Finzi Saidi, HoD, Department of Architecture, UJ


The walking Tour will take participants through some of Johannesburg’s thriving open spaces, which include vibrant pedestrianised streets; newly designed parks; an informal trading street with new shelters; informal markets; play parks and corporate squares as well as revitalised and revamped light industrial street spaces. The tour will show how diverse inhabitants of Johannesburg appropriate open spaces to conduct formal and informal business, play and enjoy civic life within their own means. Key sites will include the Mining Corporate Business Precinct along Fox Street; the transit precincts of Gautrain/Park Station, Metro Mall and Ghandi Square; and the linear and informal markets precinct of Carlton Centre.

Fee: Free

Maximum number of participants: 50 (the tour will be co-led by 10 UJ students)

Type of participants invited: Anyone and everyone welcome

Starting point, The Sheds.

Time and duration of master class: Saturday 26th September, 09:00 – 13:00

Useful information: Bring along comfortable walking shoes, a simple camera, R20 for entrance into the Carlton Centre Rooftop and some cash for a drink and snack along the way.

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