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TAYOB, Abdool-Aziz Ahmed (Aziz)

Born: 1941 09 10

Architect


Aziz Tayob was born in Polokwane. He graduated at the University of The Witwatersrand as the first black Architect in South Africa in 1969. AZIZ TAYOB ARCHITECTS INC. was established in 1970 in Pageview, Johannesburg. After the removal of Pageview by the Government, the practice has operated within the former Group Area for Asians in Laudium, Pretoria. The practice has established itself well despite limited opportunities.

Key Project Experiences have been Commercial, Community, Educational, Health Care, Religious, Industrial, Residential, Restoration and Preservation.

Merit Awards:

1969 - David Haddon Prize for Professional Practice
1972 - Transvaal Provincial Institute of Architects for House & Studio Tayob
1982 - Institute of South African Architects for House E.S. Dockrat
1999 - SA Architect Award for Outstanding Achievement in Urban Design (Integrated Urban Design Framework for Marabastad)
2000 - Nedbank Mail & Guardian Green Trust Urban Renewal Award for Marabastad Urban Design.
2003 - Institute of South African Architects National Award and Mpumalanga Institute of Architects Regional Merit Award for the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature. World Architecture Nomination, Berlin.
2003 - Pretoria Instutute of Architecture Brickwork Award for the Darus Salaam Islamic Centre, Pretoria.
2005 - Gauteng Institute of Architects for Ekurhuleni Municipal Chambers

Professional Affiliation:

Serves on the following Bodies

  1. Board Member of Faculty of Architecture at the University of the Witwatersrand
  2. Board Member of Pretoria Muslim School
  3. Committee Member on the Gauteng Institute of Architects Benevolent Fund
  4. Board Member of Association of Black Architects
  5. 1995 to 1998 - Member of University Accrediting Team for the South African Council of Architects together with the Royal Institute of British Architects and Commonwealth Association of Architects for the Universities of Witwatersrand, Cape Town, Pretoria, Natal, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein
  6. Committee member - Pretoria Capital Initiative
  7. External Examiner - Pretoria Technikon (Tshwane University of Technology)
  8. External Examiner - University of the Witwatersrand Department of Architecture
  9. 2007 -member of University Accrediting Team for SA Council of Architects for the University of the Witwatersrand
  10. 2007 - Panel member for adjudication of Merit Awards for the South African Institute for Architects
  11. 2005 - 2007 Served on panel of experts for the New 7 Wonders of the World
  12. 2009 - Panel member for adjudication of merit awards for Gauteng Institute for Architecture
  13. 2009 - Chairperson for University Accreditation Team for SA Council of Architectural Profession for the University of the Witwatrsrand
  14. 2009 - External examiner, Tshwane University of Technology

Served on the following Education Committees & Competitions

  1. Institute of South African Architects - Education Action Group Education and Training of Blacks 1975-1989
  2. 1979 Assessor - Coverland Housing Competition
  3. 1979 Assessor - Plascon Colour Mural Competition
  4. 1992 External Examiner - University of Pretoria - Department of Architecture
  5. 1995 Assessor - Development Bank Tourist Centre Competition
  6. Founder Member of Nest Phuthing - Multiracial School in Johannesburg
  7. Member of Advisory Council - Andrew Anthony Primary School, Laudium
  8. Corobrik 2000 - Assessor for SA Universities, architectural student of the year Award
  9. Gauteng Institute of Architects (GIA) Benevolent Fund Committee since 1980. Currently serving as chairperson
  10. 2007 - Served on panel of national adjudicators for the Corobrick/ S.A. Institute for Architects - Award of Merit

Urban Studies Reports

1968 Urban Renewal, Jeppe, Johannesburg
1980 Urban Study report - Lappies and Station Street, Roodepoort
1980 Oriental Plaza, Fordsburg, Johannesburg
1985 Sammy Marks, Pretoria, restoration and re-use
1986 Asiatic Bazaar report
1986 Burghersdorp, Johannesburg - Erection of high-density housing
1987 Urban Renewal - Asiatic Bazaar, Pretoria
1998 Marabastad Integrated Urban Design Framework for the Pretoria City Planning Department

Aziz is married with 4 children and 10 grandchildren.

The 2012 PIA Norman Eaton Award has been bestowed on Aziz Tayob. Below is the press release:

"He has a career which spans over more than 40 years. He was the first South African [victim of segregation] to qualify as an architect in South Africa. He graduated from the School of Architecture, University of the Witwatersrand, in 1969. In 1970 he established the Aziz Tayob Partnership in Page View, Johannesburg. After the forceful removals of residents in Pageview by the previous government, the practice moved to Laudium, an area formally reserved for Indians in terms of the Group Areas Act. In 1972 he was presented with a Merit Award by the Transvaal Provisional Institute of Architects for House & Studio Tayob. The same honour is bestowed on him in 1982 by the South African Institute of Architects for House Dockrat. His work is not confined to the single buildings alone and in 1999 he receives the SA Architect Award for Outstanding Achievement in Urban Design for an Integrated Urban Design Framework for Marabastad. A year later he is also the recipient of the Nedbank Mail & Guardian Green Trust Urban Renewal Award. His list of awards includes public buildings where he is awarded in 2003 by the SA Institute of Architecture a National Award and by the Mpumalanga Institute of Architects a Regional Merit Award for the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature. The building is also nominated for a World Architecture Nomination, in Berlin.

Much of his work was for the Muslim community and is broadly Islamic in character, combining both modern and traditional features. In 2003 he received the Pretoria Institute of Architecture Brickwork Award for the Darus Salaam Islamic Centre, located in Laudium. In 2005 he receives a further Merit award for his involvement in the design of the Ekurhuleni Municipal Chambers presented to him by the Gauteng Institute of Architects.

Mr Tayob shares many of the criteria to be awarded with this medal. His architecture is honest, functional, thought provoking and innovative. His love and understanding of the brick as building element has made him a skilled master, turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. His buildings are not objects that conform to trends, but are the result of creating spaces which are aimed at serving the needs of its occupants. The designs are tempered by the natural landscape, are ecologically friendly, and aspire to a high level of sustainability. He has maintained this excellence throughout his career.

It is not only in his award winning designs that he has contributed to the architectural landscape. Mr. Tayob has been instrumental in the training of more than 35 architects and technicians from the disadvantaged sector. He has also been selected as external examiner at various tertiary institutions, ploughing back valuable expertise into the profession. He has further to that presented workshops to fellow architects, schooling them in the intricacies of using brick as a building material.

It is above all his respect for humanity that runs central to his design philosophy, which makes him a worthy recipient of this award."

Books citing TAYOB

Images Publishing Group. 1991. Architects of South Africa (International profile series). Melbourne, Australia: Images Pub. Group. pp 33