Sarah Calburn founded her Johannesburg practice in 1996, with an aim to ‘spatialise clients’ personalities and desires, whilst sustaining a creative dialogue with the social and physical environments around them.’ Calburn’s practice and writing have been published in magazines and books on architecture and urbanism, and she brings this experience to teaching at local and international universities. Namibian architect Nina Maritz is the country’s pre-eminent designer of environmentally conscious architecture. Maritz’s architecture often incorporates raw, unfinished materials, with clerestory ventilation and day-lighting a recurring theme. A project that encapsulates the studio’s ethos is the transformation of a school building into a site for arts-based education for the University of the Western Cape. The university – originally established to educate ‘coloured people’ –was located at the edge of the city, but the new building is central to the Woodstock suburb as a real symbol of change.