Carin Smuts started practicing architecture as a third year student while at the University of Cape Town in 1981. She established CS Studio Architects in Cape Town South Africa with Urs Schmid in 1989. This was during the height of apartheid and many of the lessons learnt during this time guide the work of the firm. All projects are a result of a dynamic participatory process with the aim to restore human dignity and accommodate cultural diversity. Very often the process of making and social interaction is more important than the architectural end product. In 2008 Carin Smuts won the Global Award for sustainable architecture. The practice is engaged in work in France, China, Sweden and Africa. Carin Smuts has been running workshops at Harvard, Charmers, ESA, Vienna, Finland, Venice, China and Reunion to share the knowledge they have learnt. Examples include Guga S’thebe Arts and Culture Centre, Helderstroom Village for staff at a maximum security prison, Laingsburg Multi – Purpose centre (After the flooding of the town in 1981).
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