2017 Brief

Rural to urban migration and urban sprawl with the correlated development of commercial and residential property elevates the importance of park lands, within cities, in creating refuge from the hustle of daily life. Rather than becoming overgrown and disused, these areas should be leveraged to encourage healthier living, community interaction and environmental awareness.

You are a skilled designer with a flair for the unusual. You have an appreciation and understanding of urban regeneration. You are an acknowledged heritage aficionado and awareness of context is the hallmark of your work. You have been appointed to transform an ailing building, within one of Johannesburg’s key parks, into a vibrant gastronomic restaurant.



1st Prize: A trip for the winning student, accompanied by the student’s lecturer, to the 2015 FURNITURE FAIR in Milan, Italy. It includes return air tickets, accommodation, entry to the fair, a digital camera and a contribution to daily expenses. The winner will also receive a ticket to attend the 2015 Design Indaba Simulcast.

2nd Prize: An all-expenses-paid trip for the winning student to the 2015 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 and a ticket to attend the 2015 Design Indaba Simulcast.

The remaining seven Top Ten Finalists will each receive a R2000 cash prize and a ticket to attend the 2015 Design Indaba Simulcast.

No prizes are exchangeable for cash. Terms and Conditions apply.


The Trophy

The PG Bison 1.618 trophy was designed by Brian Steinhobel whose achievements are legendary both in South Africa and around the world. It is a floating trophy, with each winner’s name engraved on its pedestal. The winner takes home a miniature keep-sake version of the Steinhobel trophy valued at R10 000.

The trophy was designed as a representation of the ‘idea’ or ‘moment of creativity’ that led to winning the award. Like all good ideas these are often fleeting, slippery, move quickly and change shape like mercury - hence the shape and colour of the award.


We’ve put together some answers to the questions most often asked by students and lecturers. Read through them to get a better understanding of what your entry should include and how to get it to us. If you still don’t find an answer to your question, don’t hesitate to contact us.