Tell a Friend About This EventTell a Friend

When: Thursday, January 24, 2019
8:30 AM
Where: Erin Hall, Erin Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town
Cape Town, Western Cape 
South Africa
Presenter: Keith Struthers Pr.Arch.
Contact: Gabriela Ventapane
+27 063 8414389

« Go to Upcoming Event List  




Title of CPD course: OVER THE EDGE

Presenter: Keith Struthers Pr.Arch.

Course information (Content/Overview)

The scope of the course:

A wildly-disciplined and creative introduction to the essential principles of designing and constructing sculptural buildings.

“An amazing experience. Deep thinking about a new approach to architectural design and life in general. The principles I learned apply not only to architecture but to my everyday life ” Marcel Kimoto, Architect, Congo

“The course was a balance between exciting inspiration and practical implementable skills. I really enjoyed it.” Amanda Spitz, Architect, JHB

It’s a smart sequence of practical exercises and in-depth discussions on how to design with flat, single and doubly curved surfaces in unexpected ways that shifts the centre of creativity in your desings.

It's an experience that can change how you think about architecture. And yourself.

·         Increase your creativity by designing with surfaces and volumes.

·         Touch the nerve of what motivates you personally to produce your most inspired work.

·         Become sculpturally literate by distinguishing the differences between singly curved, warped and double curved surfaces.

·         Improvising to directly access fresh ideas.

·         'Ban the critic' harvest insights with effective and postive co-creative methods.

·         Master 5 invaluable techniques to accurately build your innovative designs


The Flat White Elephant in the Studio: Why designing with physical models, surfaces and volumes, is critical to sculptural design.

The language of surfaces:
How to confidently introduce curved surfaces into your designs by understanding the fundamental ABC’s of form.

Effective Documentation:
Most methods are inadequate for sculptural designs and what you can do about it.

Creativity 107:
improvising to directly access the unexpected. How to surprise yourself with your own designs.

Time to Reflect:
Where to look for golden opportunities in your life.

Day Two:

Documenting 2D Shapes: The 5 invaluable techniques we use to ensure our innovative designs are accurately built.

Form follows Feeling: Experience how feelings are essential to making your buildings timeless.

The art of conversation: How to instantly elevate the dynamics of your discussions to become a reliable source of creative ideas.

Co - creating: Ensure your co-working atmosphere is enjoyable, insightful and consistently effective.

Time to Reflect: Identify a habit that keeps you saying ‘maybe later’ to life and what will happen if you change it.

Day Three:

Documenting 3D Forms: 3 Advanced techniques you need to know to guarantee that your complex designs are built exactly as intended.

The Alphabet of form: How to craft the shapes and forms of your buildings to evoke particular moods and feelings appropriate to its use.

Venues:  Cape Town + Johannesburg!


Cape Town: Erin Hall, Erin Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town

Johannesburg: 26 Portman Road, Bryanston, Johannesburg

For the adventurous we also run the courses in Brazil and Chile. Enquire via email (info@naturalscool.com).

Time:  8:30am to 5:00pm (both cities)


Cape Town: Thursday, Friday and Saturday – 24, 25, 26th January 2019    

Johannesburg: Thursday, Friday and Saturday – 14, 15,16th February 2019    

Closing date for Registration and payments: 

Cape Town: Tuesday, 22nd of January 2019

Johannesburg: Monday, 11th of February 2019

Click for registration: https://www.naturalscool.com/courses/module-1/

Cost of workshop:

R 5 950 per person
Cancellation/refunds will only be accepted a week prior to the set date.  Should no cancellation be received within this period, no refunds will be made for non-attendance.

CPD Category:1 | CPD Credits:6 | Course validation:SAIA

Contact person for information and bookings:Gabriela Ventapane

Whatsapp calls/ messages: +27 063 8414389 (from 12:00h till 17h, only)

Email address/ website:info@naturalscool.com | https://www.naturalscool.com/

Booking information:

Go to NaturalsCool website, fill in the online form (https://www.naturalscool.com/) and pay using PayFast.

(1. Use your own name and city of the course as a reference. Ex.: Clark Kent_CT  or Minnie Mouse_JHB; 2. PayFast is available for those who wants to pay using Instant EFT or credit card; 3. Your place will only be reserved when you have paid.)

About the facilitator: Keith Struthers

Keith Struthers started with sculptural architecture in 1984, bending and twisting metal roofs and timber rafters and eventually founded NaturalsCool in 2003. He’s worked for his bread, butter and strawberry jam in the UK, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Hungary, Ukraine, Brazil, Chile, Namibia and presently in Cape Town, South Africa. His focus is on architecture as a reflective practice; a path of outer and inner development. NaturalsCool courses happen in South Africa, Brazil, and Chile.

What participants have said:

“The idea of improving oneself to improve one’s designs/work really resonated with me. Along with being interesting and stimualting this course is also enjoyable.”
Jacques Cronje, Technical expert and product designer, Cape Town

"The initial spark that made me fall in love with architecture was ignited here. I felt an awakening of my senses through engaging with the tactile once again." 
Nobethu Jolobe, Architect, Johannesburg

“Best course to do if you love design and you want to nurture your passion. Thanks for the inspiration and questions you’ve woken up in me.” Theo Coetzee, Architect, Natal