Meet the Judges
Zinon Marinakos (Chairperson)
DSA Architects International
Zinon Marinakos is a Wits University graduate, who obtained his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1989. He joined Moross & Partners Architects, where he became a director in 1995, gaining valuable experience in commercial, retail and sports facilities.
In 2002, he joined DSA Architects International, and was involved in its Dubai operations where he headed the Burj Dubai Old Town Island project. He has been active in projects as far afield as China, the Seychelles, Argentina and Egypt, and throughout the Middle East and southern Africa. He has been a director at DSA since 2006 and is currently the deputy MD at the South African office.
Delta Property Fund (Pty) Ltd
Andries Schoeman is Had of Capital Projects for Delta Property Fund. Formerly he was part of the executive team for one of the larger engineering consultancies.
He has 28 years of consultancy experience, which includes cost planning, procurement and cost management of major commercial, retail and industrial developments.
Pieter Engelbrecht is the head of development at Growthpoint Properties.
He started off his career as a qualified quantity surveyor and, after practising for several years, moved into the development space. He has more than 25 years of experience in the property industry, which ranges from facility management to managing large-scale developments.
The Paragon Group
Anthony Orelowitz is one of the founding partners at the Paragon Group. He has degree in architecture and an MBS from The University of Witswaterand. He specialized in property finance, and after graduation, worked for Standard Bank’s Property Division.
In 1997, he returned to architecture and founded The Paragon Group with his partner, Henning Rasmuss.
Their firm’s portfolio had done much to define the skyline of Sandton with innovatively and sustainably designed buildings.
Corné De Leeuw
DelQS Quantity Surveyors and Property Valuers
Dr Corné De Leeuw is the managing director for DelQS Quantity Surveyors and Property Valuers. He is a registered professional quantity surveyor, property valuer and project manager, and a past president of SAPOA.
He has specialist knowledge in building and property economics (including financial viability analysis), value management, contractual matters related to building construction, and property valuation.
Sutherland Multidisciplinary Engineers
A registered structural engineer, Craig Sutherland, is the co-founder (in 1991) and Managing Director of Sutherland Multidisciplinary Engineers, specialising in structural, civil, mechanical (HVAC, wet services, rational fire, fire reticulation and vertical transportation), electrical, electronic and specialized façade engineering in the building sector.
The firm has a national footprint in SA, with offices, in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durbanville, Durban and Nairobi to service its strong growth in the sub-Saharan market.
Apart from engineering, Sutherland is passionate about the building industry, architecture, property development and investment, sustainability, leadership and endurance sports.
Dean Narainsamy is Project Cost Consultancy (PCC) Business Line Director for AECOM’s Buildings + Places team for Africa. Prior to this he was an Executive at Davis Langdon, and AECOM company.
Having gained most of his experience in Durban, he now resides in Gauteng. A registered quantity surveyor with more than 15 years of experience, his project expertise includes cost planning, procurement and cost management of major building projects and civil engineering in Africa.
His market sector experience includes commercial, sports, healthcare, education, leisure, industrial and transportation developments.
His current role encompasses business development, business strategy and growth, financial analysis and staff management
BTKM Quantity Surveyors
Schooled in Swaziland, Hashim Bham also has an undergraduate degree in quantity surveying from Wits University.
He studied further at the University of Natal and completed a master’s degree in town and regional planning in 1982. He worked as a quantity surveyor in Johannesburg for SBDS until 1984 and was a founder member of the current QS practice of BTKM.
He is currently a director and shareholder at BTKM Quantity Surveyors.
Vukile Property Fund
Itumeleng Mothibeli is currently a Senior Retail Asset Manager at the Vukile Property Fund and is in charge of the overall strategic direction and performance of the Gauteng, Free State, Western and Eastern Cape retail portfolio within the fund. His real estate experience spans research and analysis, investment appraisal, retail developments and asset management both in the unlisted and listed real estate environments.
He was previously part of the Old Mutual Property Unlisted Fund and later the SA Corporate Real Estate Fund management teams prior to his current employ. He is a member of South African Institute of Black Property Practitioners (SAIBPP) and also sits on the Gauteng Chapter Committee of the South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC). He holds a BCom, a BCom Hons, and an MCom, all in the field of Finance.
WSP Group Africa Structures
John Truter grew up in Calvinia in the Northern Cape, and studied at Stellenbosch University, following it up with further studies at Wits University.
He began his working life at Van Wyk and Louw, then joined Lillicrap Crutchfield, where he became part of the management structure and eventually the managing director. Under his leadership, LC Consulting (Lillicrap Crutchfield) joined WSP in 2007 and became what is currently known as WSP Group Africa Structures, where he has assumed the role of COO.
Originally from Scotland, John Williamson (BArch (HW Edin) Pr Arch (SA) MIArch RIBA) joined MDS Architecture in 1983 and became a partner in 1988.
He has been instrumental in the design and implementation of many of the major developments entrusted to MDS Architecture.
Now one of the senior partners, he brings a perspective of practicality that adds tremendous value to the design process within the practice.
Ken Reynolds has 25 years of experience in the property industry. He has been involved in numerous property developments, including Phase II of Nedbank’s head office, which was the first Green Star rated property in South Africa.
He also serves on the board of REIT, and in addition to being a judge for SAPOA Property Development Awards he is also a judge for SACSC Design and Development Awards.
Nonku Ntshona & Associates Quantity Surveyors
The Associate Director for international quantity surveying organisation Turner & Townsend, Nonku Ntshona founded Nonku Ntshona + Associates in 2007. She was named the Young Black Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2010 Metropolitan Oliver Empowerment Awards and is the recipient of the 2013 Women Property Network: Leading Women in Property award.
She was also a finalist in the Metropolitan Young Achiever and SME Category Awards in 2013. Ntshona served as a Non-Executive Director at Putprop Limited, a JSE-listed company, in 2015.
Rudolf Nieman is an independent property consultant. He obtained a BSc (QS) degree from the University of Pretoria in 1981 and a MBL from UNISA in 1986.
He has more than 35 years of experience in the commercial property industry, including the full spectrum of facilities, project and construction management.
He spent most of his career at the Excellerate Property Services Group.
Group Five Properties (Pty) Ltd
Sam Silwamba, an architect and property developer, has been with Old Mutual South Africa since 2005, working in the fields of property development, construction and investments. He has variable insights on opportunity identification, acquisition, planning, budgeting and execution of projects related to high-rise building, retail, industrial, commercial, PPP and mixed-use developments.
He is a member of the South African Council of Shopping Centres, the Green Building Council of South Africa and the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. His exposure to both spheres of the industry as consultant and property developer provides him with sound insight and foundation to function at any given level within the property industry.
Azzao Quantity Surveyors
Sandi Mbutuma’s career started in 1999 as a trainee at BWR (Bathuleng Wallace Raubenheimer), training in commercial building projects.
She joined BTKM (Bham Tayob Khan & Matunda) in 2001, where she served as a Junior Quantity Surveyor on high profile projects. She then joined TFMC and gained experience in Facilities Management.
She furthered her career by joining Brian Heineberg and Associates in 2005, working her way up to Associate Director. In 2010 she joined Pentad Quantity Surveyors (Pty) Ltd as an Executive Director and Shareholder.
She recently started her own quantity surveying firm with two partners at Azzaro Quantity Surveyors as Managing Director.
Zenprop Property Holdings
Stuart Gibbs attained a honours degree in construction management at the University of Natal. He currently holds the position of Development Director at Zenprop Property Holdings, where he has been involved with development implementation since January 2005.
He has experience in many different aspects of developments but his main focus area is large-scale commercial projects. Prior to joining Zenprop he worked at Group Five Building as a Contracts Director, heading up the Design & Construct division.
Wessel van Dyk
Nsika Architecure and Design
Wessel van Dyk completed his BArch degree at the University of Pretoria in 2000 and recently completed his Masters in Urban Design at Wits University. He also holds a BTech in Applied design and a National Diploma in Architecture from the Tshwane University of Technology.
Formerly a Director at Boogertmann+Partners Architects, and Principal Design Director at Bentel Associates International, he recently joined Nsika Architecture and Design as a partner and sees this as an opportunity to make an important mid-career change, and start a new venture.
His specialty is design, with a focus on urban design and mixed-use developments. In addition to his various projects in South Africa, he has done work in the Middle East and North Africa.
He is passionate about the urban growth and potential on the African continent, and is currently busy with projects in Mauritius, Mozambique, Kenya and Uganda.
Lianie Minny completed her Master’s degree in Interior Architecture in 2008, at the University of Pretoria. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as part of an institutional exchange programme. Thereafter, she gained extensive experience as a Senior Interior Architect from renowned architecture and interior design firms.
Her responsibilities included the realisation of projects from concept initiation through to site implementation. Her ensuing role as Lead Designer led to her focus being on concept design, strategic spatial planning and client interface. Notable projects from her impressive portfolio include the new head offices of McDonalds and the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) which received a 6 Star Green Star SA Office Design v1 certification from the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA).
Lianie also founded and successfully ran Whitebox Design, her own consultancy, before she joined Growthpoint as Senior Manager of Workspace Strategy and Design. This platform has given her the opportunity to entrench Workplace Strategy on a much wider scale and also be exposed to the latest trends in High Performance Workspaces, globally.
Lianie is specialised in strategic workplace consulting and oversees implementation of Design Excellence in all areas of tenant-installations and common area refurbishments. In 2017, she launched Thriving Workspaces as a new way of working and Greenbox as a new sustainable initiative to enable new clients to easily pursue Interior Green Star certification to the South-African market.