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.
Al Stratford is best known in South Africa for his development of innovative building technology. In particular, the award wining Winblok® The Total 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
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
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
2016 28th Sophia Gray Memorial Lecture Laureate – Reductive Innovation In Architecture
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