About the PG Bison 1.618 Competition

The PG Bison 1.618 Competition is now in its 26th year. The competition was created over two decades ago to recognise the future interior and industrial designers, architects and key decision makers in the South African construction industry.

In this time, it has come to be known not only for the prestige it offers its winners, but also for the tradition-defying brief given to the students each year.

The competition, which culminates in a swanky awards ceremony each year, has established itself as an integral part of the syllabus at the majority of institutions across the country.

The significance of 1.618

The golden ratio or mean has fascinated intellectuals for millennia. It is the numerical expression for something that is aesthetically appealing, beautiful, admirable and alluring. Ordinarily these qualities cannot be measured, but the golden mean can be found in many historical buildings and works of art, as well as in the natural world.

2017 Winners

1st Place: Stephanus Diedericks from the University of the Free State. Stephanus has won a trip of a lifetime for himself and his lecturer to the 2018, Furniture Fair in Milan, Italy.

2nd Place:  Margaux Loubser from the University of the Free State. Margaux has won a paid trip to the 2018 Design Indaba in Cape Town, plus R3, 000 in cash.

3rd Place: Camrin Plaatjes from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Camrin has won R10, 000 in cash.

All remaining finalists will receive a R2, 000 cash prize.

2017 Judging Panel

The 2017 panel comprises the following talented individuals: Phill Mashabane, Andrea Kleinloog, Megan Hesse, Prof. ‘Ora Joubert and Pat Henry.


Win a trip of a lifetime to the Furniture Fair in Milan, Italy.

The winning student, and their lecturer, will attend the fair in Milan, Italy.

2017 Judges


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Phill Mashabane

Mashabane Rose Associates

President of SACAP (South African Council for the Architectural Profession)

Phill has contributed to a broad variety of prestigious projects over a thirty year career including the Apartheid Museum, and most recently the sculpture of Nelson Mandela in Howick.

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Andrea Kleinloog and Megan Hesse

HK Studio

Since 2010, Megan Hesse and Andrea Kleinloog have built up Anatomy Design. Following some exciting growth in 2016, they decided to expand their retail offering by opening Anatomy Design in the exciting new Keyes Art Mile precinct, based in Rosebank, Johannesburg.

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Prof. 'Ora Joubert


Professor &lsquo;Ora Joubert runs a private practice, is a prolific external examiner, and her work has received critical acclaim in over 50 publications worldwide. A former HOD of&nbsp;the Universities of the Free State and Pretoria, she is also the convenor and editor of the seminal, 450page reference book on contemporary South African architecture entitled <em>10+ years 100+ buildings &ndash; Architecture in a Democratic South Africa.