2021 AWARDS - WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Nadia Tromp

Gauteng Institute for Architecture - Ntsika Architects / President - Founder

Nadia is the founder of Ntsika Architects, South Africa. In her career, spanning over 19 years, Nadia has worked at some of the most prestigious firms in South Africa and has completed a wide variety of projects. Ntsika Architects is one of the few female owned practices in South Africa. Nadia’s contribution to architecture has been widely recognized and she has been acknowledged as a dynamic and innovative designer, with her projects receiving national and international awards. In 2017, she became the first African architect to win a World Architecture Festival Award (WAF) for a completed project, for her design of the Westbury Clinic. She is the recipient of the Mbokodo South African Women in the Arts – Architecture Award (2015). In the same year she also won an international design award by the 19millionproject, for her design of the Museum of Human Migration (MoHM) – Ultimum Refugium, focussing on the European Migrant Crisis. She has exhibited her work at the Venice Biennale and her sculpture “refuge” in the Garden of the Palazzo Mora, Venice, Italy, 2018.

Her passion for human-centered design and the environment sets her apart from her peers, with her work crossing the boundaries of sector definitions through her depth and breadth of experience in many different areas. Her practice is engaged in research and design which tackles issues of social and spatial injustice. Her particular interest is in the spatial fragmentation of South African cities. She is currently serving as the President of the Gauteng Institute of Architecture (GIFA), a region of The South African Institute of Architects (SAIA). Nadia is the director of the International Union of Architects (UIA) Work Program – Community Architecture + Human Rights |CA + HR. She is frequently invited to speak at influential conferences and at universities both locally and internationally. Additionally, she has served on and chaired numerous architectural jury committees internationally and her work has been published in a variety of local and international publications.