The competition was launched in 2016 in partnership with the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) and the Institute of Architects in Zimbabwe (IAZ), in honour of the late great architect, Vernon Mwamuka. The aim of the competition is to promote quality building designs and acknowledging talent among our local architectural students. The competition has helped realise platforms available for students to showcase their talent and retain the expertise, as most architectural students leave the country for better opportunities in the diaspora.
The Beta Holdings Architectural Students’ Competition, does not only illustrate great talent that the Zimbabwean students possess but also how there are plenty of opportunities within the country which bring together key industry partners to experience the creativity that local universities have to offer and create employment opportunities.
In this year’s competition students, were tasked to address the current need for disaster preparedness of the country in light of the devastation encountered due to Cyclone Idai. Students from the Bulawayo and Harare Polytechnic Colleges were required to design a low -cost housing unit for a family of five measuring 300 m2 in size. Whereas their colleagues from NUST were required to design a Provincial Displacement and Evacuation Centre for the displaced.
The fourth edition of the prize giving gala was held on the 21st of September 2019 and the winner of the University Category and the coveted Vernon Mwamuka Award was Brighton Gondo. The second and third runner ups in the University category were Tanatswa Makumbe and Tinashe Madzivire respectively. The winner of the Polytechnic category was George N Musosa was the winner in the Polytechnic Category, the second runner up was Takura Kadembo whereas the third runner up was runner up Liberty Madzinge. Each of the students walked with exciting cash prizes.