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1.618 Education Initiative

The PG Bison 1.618 Education Initiative is now in its 26th year and was created to recognise the future interior and industrial designers, architects and key decision makers in the South African design 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 competition brief given to the students each year.

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

Design metamorphosis
for the modern city

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.

2018 Brief

As the world moves ever faster toward renewable energies and sustainable innovation, it leaves the fossil fuel era behind with much of its landmark architecture derelict and abandoned. The historic Johannesburg Gas Works once supplied the gold mines with gas, a part of Johannesburg’s legacy, but today is merely a structure reminding of an industry that no longer represents the city.

Once a monument to the Zeitgeist of Johannesburg, today this historic building is to be re-developed, incorporating the new thinking behind a modern city and converting it into a beacon that encourages community interaction, historic architectural preservation, environmental awareness and healthy living.


1St Prize

A trip of a lifetime to the 2019 FURNITURE FAIR in Milan, Italy.

A trip of a lifetime for the winning student, accompanied by the student’s lecturer, to the 2019 FURNITURE FAIR in Milan, Italy. It includes return air tickets, accommodation, entry to the fair, a digital camera and a contribution to daily expenses.

2nd Prize

A trip for the second prize winner to the 2019 DESIGN INDABA in Cape Town.

A trip for the second prize winner to the 2019 DESIGN INDABA in Cape Town. It includes a return air ticket, accommodation, car hire, entry to the conference and expo, and a contribution to daily expenses. The second-place winner will also receive a R3000 cash prize.

3rd Prize

A R10 000 cash prize.

A R10 000 cash prize.

The remaining seven Top Ten Finalists will each receive a R2000 cash prize. No prizes are exchangeable for cash.
Terms and Conditions apply.

Judging Pannel

Phill Mashabane
Mashabane Rose Associates
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Livia Coetzee-Stein
DHQ Interior Brand Architects
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Andrea Kleinloog and Megan Hesse
HK Studio
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Dale Friedman
Paragon Interface
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2018 Winners

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1st Place: Navan Padayachee from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal

Navan won a trip of a lifetime for himself and his lecturer, Lawrence Ogunsanya, to attend the 2019 Furniture Fair in Milan, Italy

2nd Place: Kayla Vieira, from Vega Johannesburg.

Kayla won an all-expenses paid trip to the 2019 Design Indaba in Cape Town plus R3 000 in cash.