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Al Stratford

Bio

In a career spanning forty years, Al has patented many products, won numerous awards in Industrial Design and Architecture, and as past president of South African Institute of Architects, presided as a judge over design award programs.

Designer | Inventor | Architect

Al Stratford is best known in South Africa for his development of innovative building technology. In particular, the award wining WINBLOK® Pre-cast Concrete Window System. Al is a unique multi-skilled individual who broadened his understanding through practical hands on experience in the construction and manufacturing sector. Through his passion for innovation and design, and through peer recognition, Al registered as an architect in 2001 and went on to become the President of the South African Institute of Architects in 2009 and 2010.

Al continues to serve on various institutions with his current focus on innovating new products for his company WINTEC® INNOVATION including a new range of patented flat pack furniture products; which won the Design Indaba 2013 Innovation Award. He is married with three sons all participating in family business in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
AL STRATFORD Pr. Arch. SACAP. SAIA

Career

Structural steel detailing – Dorbyl Africa
Reinforced concrete detailing – CBM Africa – Consulting Engineers
Building Contractor – Own company
Engineering Technologist – ZAI – Multi-disciplinary Consulting Practice
Mechanical Design – Koeberg power station
Engineering Technologist – Masojada (Hallen Theron & Partners)
Community development – Urban Foundation
Property development – Own company
Inventor of the Winblok® System and founder of Winblok (Pty) Ltd.
Partner in Ter Morshuizen & Stratford Architects
Company Director – Wintec® Innovation, and other businesses
Founder – Stratford Architects: Al Stratford Design (Pty) Ltd.
Erstwhile partner Native Architects

PATENTS AND REGISTERED DESIGNS
1981 Winblok® and related technology
1986 Universal window system
1994 Winstep® stair ramp and walkway system
1994 Windeck® suspended floor system
1996 Winstep® Compact stair system
2006 Winslot® Window System
2012 StratFlex™ furniture technology

AWARDS
1988 SABS Industrial Design Awards – Winblok®
1995 Institute of Marketing Management – Marketing Man of the Year
1995 Border Kei Institute of Architects – Regional Award: Audio Video Gallery
1996 SAIA – Award of Merritt: Audio Video Gallery
1996 Cape Town Design for Living Exhibition – Most innovative new Product.
1996 SABS Industrial Design Awards – Winstep®
1996 SABS Industrial Design Awards – Windeck®
1996 Concrete Manufacturers Award – National Trophy – Winkit House
2001 Border Kei Institute of Architects – Regional Award: Stratfords Guesthouse
2001 South African Institute of Architects – National Award of Merit: Stratfords Guesthouse.
2013 Design Indaba 2013 Innovation Award – StratFlex™ Technology

JUDGING
Border Kei Institute of Architects – Award of Merit
Hot Dipped Galvanising Association of South Africa – National Awards
South African Institute of Steel Construction – National Awards
Lafarge South Africa – Lafarge Gypsum National Student Awards
Fulton’s Concrete Awards
SAIA Awards of Merit and Excellence
SAIA Sustainability Awards
CMA National Awards
Architectural Competition Uganda
AL STRATFORD Pr. Arch. M I A PAST PRESIDENT SAIA

Contact

Al enjoys speaking engagements and takes on selective architectural projects.
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