School of Built Environment & Development Studies

High achieving students recognised at Awards function

The School of Built Environment and Development Studies’ (BEDS) annual awards ceremony at the Howard College Theatre recognised top performing undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Highlights from the School of Built Environment and Development Studies’ Student Excellence Awards.
Highlights from the School of Built Environment and Development Studies’ Student Excellence Awards.

Students from the disciplines of Architecture, Community Development, Development Studies, Housing, Population Studies and Town and Regional Planning were rewarded for their hard work and dedication.

Dean and Head of the School Professor Ernest Khalema said, ‘We are proud of our students and celebrate their accomplishments. Technological and bilingual enhanced learning drives our School and we plan to continue to upgrade the infrastructure for our students to continue to excel.’

College Dean of Research Professor Pholoho Morojele commented, ‘Humanities students are exceeding expectations, showing that hard work pays off. As UKZN ambassadors, they should continue to make us proud. Their lecturers should also be recognised for creating a context of success.’

Student Representative Council (SRC) member Mr Nhlanhla Mazibuko congratulated the students, saying, ‘Knowledge is power…use that power to change societal discourses and injustices. Use your degree to empower communities, be impactful and influential.’

Architecture student Ms Parishka Pillay said, ‘It’s a great honour to be recognised by the University for my work. Recognition and acknowledgment of hard work should never be the sole reason for success but it is a very powerful motivator! In my moments of self-doubt, such awards provide a tangible means of validating myself. Hard work is worthwhile.’

Master of Population Studies student Mr Sachin Sewpersad remarked, ‘This award marks a point in my studies where I feel as though I reached my full academic potential. I advise other students to choose something they love doing, and never lose sight of their goal. Be resilient, optimistic, and work hard.’

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Professor Brian Kearney and Ms Michele Jacobs with some of the drawings and work from the UKZN architecture archives that feature in The Berea Style publication.

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From left: Mr Juan Solis (UKZN), Mr Lawrence Ogunsanya (UKZN), winner Mr Siyabonga Khuzwayo and Mr Chris Mungle (Corobrik Sales Manager, eThekwini).

UKZN students win top architectural awards

Architecture student Mr Siyabonga Khuzwayo was named winner of the Corobrik Regional Architecture Award. He received R10 000 in prize-money, with Master’s student Mr Kireshen Chetty taking the second prize of R8 000, and Mr Mthokozisi Sibisi receiving R6 000 for third place. A further R6 000 was awarded to Mr Mbuso Msipho for the innovative use of clay masonry in his building design.