Award Ceremony for the Best Architectural Design Construction of the Department of Wildlife Management and Eco-Tourism at the University of Namibia, Katima Mulilo Campus

Award Ceremony for the Best Architectural Design Construction of the Department of Wildlife Management and Eco-Tourism at the University of Namibia, Katima Mulilo Campus Enlarge image Prof. Kenneth Matengu(on the left) from UNAM and Ambassador Schlaga, German Embassy with prize for the winner. (© German Embassy)

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the University of Namibia (UNAM) inform:

Today (14 September) at Katima Mulilo, UNAM and German Cooperation presented the winner of an Architectural Competition for the extension of the Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resource’s Department of Wildlife Management and Eco-Tourism at the Katima Mulilo Campus of the University of Namibia. The ceremony was officially opened by Prof. Kenneth Matengu and the price was handed over by the German Ambassador H.E. Mr. Christian Schlaga.

The sustainable management of natural resources is one of the three focal areas of cooperation while vocational training and higher education is a crosscutting issue addressed in all focal areas. To ensure the sustainable development of the natural resources and the tourism sector in Namibia, it is crucial to protect its unique biodiversity and fragile ecosystems. For this reason German Cooperation supports the establishment of the ‘Department of Wildlife Management and Eco-Tourism’ (DWME) at the UNAM campus in Katima Mulilo. The construction of new faculty buildings as well as the acquisition of adequate furnishing and equipment and the development of innovative, practically relevant and integrated courses is funded with a total volume of 10 million Euro (appr. 147 million N$).

The project supports the development of the DWME with a comprehensive approach. It includes only comprise of the construction of new buildings as well as the development of modern and innovative curricula. The project will design and build infrastructure that provides an inspiring atmosphere for teaching and learning. From the start, a team of consultants has been supporting UNAM with the implementation of the project.

The selection of the International Consultant followed a strict process of international competitive bidding and one important part of the application was the submission of an architectural design for the extension of the UNAM Campus in Katima Mulilo and the DWME. In order to ensure that the architect designs were evaluated without any bias, the designs had to be submitted anonymously without reference to the proposals. The independent expert jury, mainly comprised of international architects and civil engineers, included also representatives of UNAM and the Town Council of Katima Mulilo. The prize money is 3.000 Euro (46.100 N$) for the 3rd place, 4.000 Euro (61.500 N$) for the 2nd place and 10.000 Euro (153.600 N$) for the 1st place.

The winning design came from Deon Pretorius Architects, Windhoek, Namibia, and was chosen, because it represents an excellent combination of an innovative concept to promote teaching and learning through the infrastructure and a practical approach to take into account economic and ecological aspects. The second prize went to Barnard Mutua Architects, Windhoek, Namibia, and the third prize was awarded to Dennis Moss Partnership, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

The construction of the facility is planned to start in the first half of 2018.