We believe that nurturing and developing design talent forms a fundamental part of our commitment to helping young architects establish their career paths, while developing valuable skills in the industry at large. Now in its 5th year, and open to students across Africa, our Architectural Design Scholarship Award is the largest architecture scholarship in the country, with a cash prize valued at R160 000.


The Heads of Department and design lecturers from the architecture departments of universities and tertiary institutions across Africa are invited to nominate their top students to submit entries to the Boogertman + Partners Architectural Design Scholarship Award Africa 2018. Submissions are open to students who have completed their Bachelor of Building Arts, Bachelor of Building Science or equivalent degree and are studying towards an honours degree. Students can also directly submit portfolios provided that their submission is endorsed by the school that they study at (see How to Submit your Portfolio.)

A panel of judges consisting of prominent industry leaders, academics and the media representatives whittles down the first round of submissions to five finalists who will participate in an intense 36-hour design challenge at the offices of Boogertman + Partners for the prize.


The Boogertman + Partners Architectural Design Scholarship Award Africa is awarded over two years and includes a cash component as well as an individual mentorship programme for the duration of the recipient’s studies, plus the option of a two-year work contract at Boogertman + Partners after the winner receives his or her Master’s degree.


The challenge takes the form of a semi-fictitious design brief which is presented to participants, who then must produce a design solution after the closed session within 36-hours working within the Boogertman + Partners practice. The brief is geared to challenge participants with a locally inspired scenario to which they need to respond with an innovative solution that considers, among other criteria, factors such as sustainability, socially-responsive design and a uniquely African perspective. The judges take into account the final design as well as process and presentation.

The finalists presentations are done individually to the jury in a 20 minute presentation including a questions and answer session with the judges. This is swiftly followed by the judging process and (after a brief re st) an awards ceremony.


Past winners of the Boogertman + Partners Architectural Design Scholarship Award Africa testify to the value of the award.

“The scholarship truly put wind under my wings, inspired me to dream bigger and supported my individuality,” says Dino Vaindirlis, winner of the inaugural Boogertman + Partners Architectural Design Scholarship Award Africa in 2014.

“The experience of the competition itself taught me vital lessons of thinking on my feet, self-confidence, presenting to a gruelling panel and immeasurable insights into design. The mentorship programme … really inspired my work and added an additional layer to my education.”

2016 winner Keegan Stokes says, “True to its nature, this really is a challenge. But it’s also an incredible opportunity that doesn’t come around often. It’s intense, it’s fun, and it’s completely rewarding, no matter how you look at it.”


  • Please compile a portfolio of work in a structured presentation in the format of a PDF no larger than 30MB. If it is less than 15mb mail it directly to Tshia@boogertmanjhb.co.za. If it is larger, please WeTransfer the single PDF file to Tshia@boogertmanjhb.co.za. Please include your full contact details in the PDF.
  • Recommendation letter from your school signed by the Head of the Department and your 4th year design lecturer.
  • Copy of your identity document or passport
  • Copy of academic record


Please contact Tshia Aphiri in our Johannesburg office +27 (0)11 790 1600 email Tshia@boogertmanjhb.co.za if you have any queries or need assistance.