Rodney Choromanski 25/09/1961 - 23/10/2018

Date of Final examination: B.Arch: Dec 1990 At University of Natal.

Rod Choromanski established CHOROMANSKI ARCHITECTS in 1996.

His experience within the built environment has been valuable in developing a team, skilled in innovative and dynamic design, which led to success of: projects, architectural competitions and awards. Their diverse portfolio has established recognition both locally and internationally.

Rod has written for various publications, presented papers at conferences and served on urban and architecture design review panels, tutored and travelled to research which offered their practice a wealth of knowledge.

Rod was a multiple award-winning architect. Recipient of the following awards

  •     Pan African Parliament, Winner of a Continental Competition in 2007.
  •     Cato Manor Museum, Winner of a Nation Wide Competition in 2003.
  •     Kendra Gardens Retirement Home, Winner of the Invited Competition in 2006.
  •     Durban University of Technology (DUT) Student Village, Design Tender Winner in 2009.
  •     Princess Magogo Stadium (FIFA 2010 Training Venue), Design Tender Winner.
  •     Point Sewer Pump Station, Award Winner 2014
  •     Durban University of Technology (DUT) City Campus, Award Winner 'Bell Tower' Restoration in 2010.
  •     Timeball Tower, Kwa-Zulu Natal Institute for Architects (KZNIA) Building of Merit in 2009.
  •     Timeball Tower, Special Award Winner Technical Excellence SSASA in 2009.
  •     2010 FIFA World Cup Venue Design Tender: Top 6 Finalist.
  •     Grand Prix Winner - African Architecture Awards 2017
  •     Outstanding Paper/ Design Work Presentation Award at the 2017 International Union of Architects (UIA) in Seoul, South Korea.

Tribute from the President KZN Region of South African Institute of Architects (SAIA KZN)

It's been almost four and a half hours since Rodney Choromanski passed on...

I remain shocked, angry, confused and deeply sad! How is it possible that a talent so free and energetic - a complete human being in all its forms, be removed from us so prematurely!

Rodney and I were part of that unique group that began our careers as architects during the darkest days of repression- the early 80's. Ours was a special group of activists! Some louder than others. Rodney was firm but never loud. A soul who gave off everything he possessed to the advancement of culture, especially to those less fortunate. Music, art, sport, poetry and of course the built environment.

We from KZN should feel honoured to have shared our profession with the first recipient of the Africa Architecture Award but also to be in the midst of one so calm, complete and authentic.

Too soon my brother, just too soon.

Ruben Reddy.
23h30 - 23 October 2018

Source: SAIA


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