Introducing the PG Bison 1.618 Education Initiative Judges

The judges for 2018’s PG Bison 1.618 Education Initiative include a range of South Africa’s foremost architects and designers, who between them have been responsible for some of the country most respected and important architecture and design. Their pooled experience and expertise means that the finalists of the PG Bison 1.618 Education Initiative are pitching their ideas to some of the top thinkers and practitioners in their field (including previous winners of this design competition). Take a look at the established talent the new talent has had the opportunity to interact with.


Phill Mashabane

Mashabane Rose Associates

Phill completed his studies in Paris where he obtained his degree in architecture, and three years later enrolled and completed his LLB. In 2012 he completed his studies in Alternative Dispute Resolution with the University of Pretoria. He recently obtained his MSc in Knowledge and Project Management through the University of Salford. Phill has been an external examiner at a number of tertiary institutions in South Africa and on the African continent covering areas of Professional Practice. In 1995 he co-founded Mashabane Rose Associates, a dynamic South African architectural and design studio that is rooted in competition participation. With over thirty years in the industry and many awards under his belt, Phill has acquired expertise in the fields of Master Planning, Urban Design and Development Planning, Architecture, Museum Design, Storyline Development and Exhibit Design, Interior Architecture, and Heritage and Conservation.

Livia Coetzee-Stein

DHQ Interior Brand Architects

Livia Coetzee-Stein is a shareholder, director and the creative executive at DHQ Interior Brand Architects. Livia graduated with distinction from the Inscape College of Design in 2004. Over the past 14 years, she has designed for some of South Africa’s leading blue-chip companies, focusing mostly on the hospitality and retail sector. As DHQ’s creative executive, she is responsible for influencing a team of designers who develop and implement interior design concepts for an impressive list of local and international brands.

Andrea Kleinloog and Megan Hesse

HK Studio

Megan Hesse and Andrea Kleinloog have grown and developed Anatomy Design some a small design studio to a multifaceted design offering. Following some exciting growth in 2016, they decided to expand their retail offering by opening Anatomy Design in the Keyes Art Mile precinct, based in Rosebank, Johannesburg and their interiors division operates under the banner HK Studio. Andrea won the 1.618 Education Initiative herself as a student as Greenside Design Centre in 2005. She went on to win the Design Indaba’s Most Beautiful Object in SA 2010 with her now iconic Lab Light. Along with a wide range of residential interior design commissions, frequently featured in magazines at home and abroad, Andrea and Megan also count corporate clients such as Kirsten Goss, a number of Nando’s outlets and the City of Johannesburg’s new Council Chambers in their portfolio.

Dale Friedman

Paragon Interface

Born and bred in Johannesburg, Dale grew up with a passion for craftsmanship and intentions to become a shopfitter working in a creative yet technical field. He studied Interior Design in order to acquire a background in design and detailing. Dale began working for Paragon Interface in 2009, where he has focussed on design, space planning, technical application and project coordination, and specialised in Corporate Interior Design and Space Planning. His work has taken him to six African countries and has covered fit-outs ranging from 165m² to 110,000m².