Dear Professional


Presenter: Mr Joost Hogewoning

Course information (Content/Overview)

Summary of key points:

The scope of the seminar:

  1. Historical background: development of architecture from anthropological needs.
    • Development from pre-historic times – need for physical and emotional protection.
    • Chinese Feng Shui and Indian Vastu Shastra – development to accommodate spiritual values.
    • Development since World War II – development to accommodate socio-economical needs.
  1. Spatial influences: designing, handling and experiencing the space and configuration thereof around us.
    • Sizes and lay-outs of malls – emotional and cultural experiences
    • Sizes and lay-outs of places of worship – spatial configuration influences the spiritual experience.
    • Sizes and lay-outs of workplace and offices – open plan vs. cubicles: psychological effects affecting productivity – the factory floor.
    • Sizes and lay-outs of homes – back to basic principles – specific form and layout of space – influence of placing and type of windows and doors.
    • Sizes and lay-outs of restaurants and other public buildings – customer preferences from different cultures.
    • Court buildings – intimidating or seeking truth?
  1. Influence of light and colour: influence on emotional, health and productivity levels.
    • Influence of artificial light through its intensity and frequency – alertness, health, brainwaves.
    • Ideal lighting for specific tasks – scientific research vs. SANS 10400 requirements. Visual performance.
    • Effect of natural light supplement and placing of windows – effect on Alzheimer patients, study performance, elderly persons, circadian disruption.
    • Colours and their effects. Pseudo-psychological ‘advise’, scientific parameters, established effects of colour, colour preferences, the NCS system.
    • Cultural and other guidelines for the use of colour – use of certain colours in cultural traditions, teenage culture and colour, climatic considerations, colours in hospitals, etc.
  1. Aesthetical influences: the physical appearance of structures being related to emotional experience.
    • Politics and style – why are certain buildings burnt during protests? Politically correct housing? Buildings as a political expression.
    • Influence of style – trends/fashion influencing taste and emotional decisions – converting homes to offices: business impact – clashing with the environment – successful disasters?
  1. General principles:
    • Ergonomics as a factor in stress – cognitive ergonomics as influence on well-being of occupants – cultural and ethnic differences to be taken into account – accommodating fitting ergonomics into the design criteria.
    • Basic lay-out principles and use of materials to accommodate emotional comfort – bathrooms, kitchens, positioning of doors and windows, type of windows and spacing. Institutional buildings – a solution or a problem? Interior decorating to become sensitive.
    • The extra consultation with the client before the actual brief – building a back-ground picture and life-pattern to be accommodated – brainstorming with the client.
  1. Case studies and closing.

Six short case studies

Closing comments

Venue : Geberit, Cape Town, Block A , South Precinct Topaz Boulevard, ZA-7441 Montage Park Milnerton,      

Time: 8:30am to 4pm

Date: Thursday, 25 October 2018

Closing date for Registration: Friday, 19 October 2018, Click for compulsory registration:

Cost of workshop

R1 500 on/before 19 October 2018, non SAIBD members
R1 300 on/before 19 October 2018, SAIBD members

All payments to be made by no later than 19 October 2018

Cancellation/refunds will only be accepted a week prior to the set date.  Should no cancellation be received within this period, no refunds will be made for non-attendance!

Dietary requirements to be forwarded a week prior to date

CPD Category: 1 and 3

CPD Credits: 1.5 and 1.0

Course validation: SAIBD

Name of VA, ALS hosting the CPD course: South African Institute of Building Design

Contact person for course information and bookings: Rehana Gaffar

Tel : 031 202 4726

Fax: 086 428 1056

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Banking details/ booking details or other important information

SAIBD, Standard Bank
Acc. no: 051 406 500
Durban North,
Branch code : 042 826

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