Nina Maritz

Architect | Nina Maritz Architects, Windhoek, Namibia

Nina is an architect with 29 years’ experience gained mainly in Namibia, although she has worked in South Africa, Kenya, Angola, Zambia and China as well. She is particularly known for projects like the Shipwreck Lodge, the Twyfelfontein Visitors’ Centre and the Habitat Research and Development Centre. Her design is strongly influenced by the physical reality of materials and skills available, but also contains narrative elements and symbolism. She has a strong sustainability-oriented and community-based approach, rooted in the socio-cultural and economic context of her home country.

Nina’s work has been published widely and is often used by students as precedent studies. Apart from day-to day practice, she frequently lectures on public platforms as well as at universities, as at Chalmers in 2016 and has also recently started teaching at the University of Oregon. Nina received a Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2018.