Awards & Publications
The Namibia Architecture Awards of Merit are hosted by the Namibia Institute of Architects (NIA) on a two to three year cycle, creating a platform to recognize and promote excellence in architecture, through the adjudicating and showcasing of our members’ work.
The Awards of Merit are thus an important event in the architectural calendar as it embodies some of the core values and functions of the NIA. Moreover, the Awards do not only encourage the highest levels of performance for the architects in our society, but also aim to encourage an ongoing debate on architectural issues and create public awareness on the importance of architecture.
The NIA confers Awards of Merit on completed projects/ buildings as formal recognition of the achievements of its membership insofar as such projects/ buildings exceed their merely practical and pragmatic requirements. In addition to this they acknowledge the achievement of those projects that have risen beyond the basic level of competence, in being merely structurally sound and functionally adequate. Three categories of award exist, namely: Awards of Commendation, Awards of Achievement and Awards of Excellence.
The Awards are announced at a gala dinner in Windhoek, where a mini exhibition of the works submitted form the backdrop to the evening. The evening is an event to celebrate and acknowledge the architectural profession and its architects, bringing together clients, building consultants and contractors.
- Award For Excellence In The Highest Degree
This is the highest category of award. It is aimed at recognising an architectural achievement of the highest order and should be reserved for those projects that are par with the finest historical and international examples.
- An Award Of Achievement
This is the middle category of award, and is aimed at formally recognising an exceptional architectural achievement above and beyond the scope of what is required to fulfill the merely practical and programmatic constraints that may have been imposed by the brief. A project that receives this award should be generously possessed of poetic attributes and should demonstrate a high level of discipline & skill in execution by its author.
- An Award Of Commendation
This is the lowest category of award, and is aimed at formally recognising an architectural achievement above and beyond the scope of what is required to fulfill the merely practical and programmatic constraints that may have been imposed by the brief. Functional and tectonic aspects of the building must be elegantly resolved.
- Lifetime Achievement Awards
This award is aimed at honouring one or more Institute members (living or deceased) who in his or her lifetime has or had made a significant contribution to architecture in Namibia and thus serves as an example to all members of the Institute.
- People's Choice Award
This is a new award category (effective as of 2017) that will feature in the upcoming Merit Awards. The aim of this award it so give a voice to the general public. A voting poll will be set up where the publican vote for their favourite project submitted under “Recent Projects”. Each member of the public is allowed one vote. The building to receive the most votes will be awarded the “People’s Choice Award”.