Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand.
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Holcim Awards 2014 Africa Middle East ceremony, Beirut, Lebanon
Presenting the “Next Generation” prize-winning projects: Daniel Irurah, Member of the Holcim Awards jury 2014 Africa Middle East and Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
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The Holcim Awards jury for region Africa Middle East chaired by Joe Addo met in Johannesburg, South Africa in June 2008 to select projects using the “target issues” for sustainable construction. The juries of the Holcim Awards competition include independent experts of international stature engaged in the sustainable development of society, building processes, construction materials, and building projects. (l-r): Joe Osae-Addo, Amer Moustafa, Holger Wallbaum, Hans-Rudolf Schalcher, Nina Maritz, Dominique Drouet, Rachid Benmokhtar Benabdellah, Daniel K Irurah, Eyal Weizman.
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The jury for region Africa Middle East nominated projects to receive a total of USD 220,000 prize money at a meeting on July 21/22 at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. (l-r): Hans-Rudolf Schalcher, Ovo Charles Majoroh, Daid Kithakye, Daniel K. Irurah (Head), Rachid Benmokhtar Benabdellah, Peter Baccini, Renata Schalcher*, Saïd Mouline, Nina Maritz, Nda Nguessan Kouadio, Amira Osman, Mrs. Nda Nguessan Kouadio*, Karl W. Meissner-Roloff, Anna William Mtani. * Partners of jury members. Only members of the jury were present during the deliverations and selection of projects.
Daniel K Irurah is Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa and was a member of the Holcim Awards jury in Africa Middle East in 2014.
Last updated: November 26, 2013 Johannesburg, South Africa
Daniel K Irurah's interests are design, construction and sustainable architecture. He is Director of Syn-consult Africa (Pty) Ltd, a private consultancy on sustainability and the built environment. He was a Member of the Board of Directors of the Green House Project, an NGO on sustainable buildings and livelihoods, until 2005.
Daniel K Irurah studied architecture at the University of Nairobi, Kenya and holds two Master’s degrees in architecture and urban planning from the University of Oregon, USA. He received his PhD (1997) on the analysis of embodied energy in building construction materials and processes in South Africa from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
He has held lecturing positions at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya (1992/93), University of Nairobi, Kenya (1992/94), University of Pretoria, South Africa (1995/97), and the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa (2004/05, 2006/07).
He was involved in “Sustainable Settlements”, the sustainable housing strategy for Johannesburg; cost benefit analysis of low-cost housing located in urban areas of South Africa; and energy efficient housing for South Africa.
Daniel K Irurah is actively involved in the boards of Organizations advocating sustainable development. He was a member of the WITS World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) Task Group where he coordinated the activities of the university at the WSSD (Earth Summit) held in Johannesburg in 2002. He is a member of the Board of Directors, Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) and was a member of the Adjudication Panel, SAIA-AfriSam Sustainable Architecture Awards (1st and 2nd cycles).