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1.618 Education Initiative

The PG Bison 1.618 Education Initiative is now in its 27th 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.

2019 Brief


Cities are expanding at a tremendous rate. The dawn of megacities is upon us. Property in and around cities, if not already, will soon be at a premium.

The race for space is on.

But as cities expand, they become unmanageable and inefficient, inter alia, service delivery, commuter transit times and equality for their inhabitants.

Architects and interior designers must continually find inventive ways of dealing with space as real estate costs increase and clients’ budgets tighten.​


1St Prize

A trip of a lifetime to the 2020 FURNITURE FAIR in Milan, Italy.

A trip of a lifetime for the winning student, accompanied by the student’s lecturer, to the 2020 FURNITURE FAIR in Milan, Italy. It includes return air tickets, accommodation, entry to the fair and a contribution to daily expenses.

2nd Prize

A trip for the second prize winner to the 2020 DESIGN INDABA in Cape Town.

A trip for the second prize winner to the 2020 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 Panel

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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Submission Deadline

Competition entries for 2019 are now closed!