Innovative designs from creative bricklaying workshop

Innovative designs from creative bricklaying workshop

The building training school at the end of the afternoon when 80 women learnt how to lay bricks and clay paving.

A busy afternoon of novice bricklaying and paving revealed some hidden talents and creativity among the various women participating in a recent creative bricklaying workshop at Corobrik’s Avoca factory.

This innovative teambuilding experience formed part of the Corobrik-sponsored 2018 Women in Architecture Workshop, a networking event which brought together professionals in architecture.

The creative bricklaying workshop followed a full morning of productive presentations and conversations and was a fun and energetic teambuilding initiative.

“These women are leaders in their respective industries. They work daily on massive projects, designing skyscrapers and putting together major property deals, but most of them have never had the chance to lay a brick before. They work daily on the many aspects of building projects from design to client liaison and administration, and really enjoyed the hands-on chance of having fun with brick laying and design”, said Karuni Naidoo of CNN Architects, organiser of the Woman in Architecture workshop.

“It was really wonderful to see the women working together in teams, really enjoying the process and demonstrating architect’s innovative thinking.”

The women were organised into 10 groups, with half assigned a paving project and the other half a 1m x 1m wall-building project. The teams completed their individual patterns into a cohesive W-shaped design.

Corobrik’s Derek Dimba demonstrated laying bricks in a stretcher bond pattern, as well as the correct way of buttering and pointing. Using the instruction as a basic foundation, the women then designed their own distinctive creations. Some real hands-on skill was shared by the Corobrik brick-laying interns assigned to each team.

“Bricklaying is fundamental to the construction of any development and the technical ability and skill needed is often overlooked,” said Corobrik chief executive, Dirk Meyer. “It was so interesting to hear the feedback on this workshop, how much was learnt about the bricklaying process, and then seeing the individual interpretations.”