From Ashes We Rise! Caesarstone is proud to launch the new 2022 brief of the Caesarstone Student Designer Competition (SDC). The vision behind this year’s brief came from the talented Mokena Makeka and we are thrilled to welcome him as a guest judge on this year’s panel. The Caesarstone SDC is open to universities nationwide and the closing date for entries is 23 September 2022. While we wait for the entries to roll in, how about we get to know our esteemed judging panel…

Every year, design industry heavyweights come together to judge the Caesarstone SDC. The entire judging process is anonymous – allowing only the best of the best to come out on top. We are thrilled to welcome our 2022 panel, who are ready to tackle the exciting task of finding South Africa’s best young designers…

Mokena Makeka


As this year’s author of the competition brief, we are thrilled to welcome Mokena Makeka onto our judging panel.

Raised in Maseru, Lesotho and the US, Mokena Makeka is a multi-award-winning architect and design strategist, with a focus on urbanisation, architecture, brand, and interior artefacts, as well as a sought-after speaker and thought leader on African cities, design, social and spatial practices, and demographic change.

As the founder of DESIGNWORKS – a revolutionary architecture practice in the built environment, Mokena Makeka has now created a new global strategic design consultancy that’s anchored on almost two decades of award-winning design and is focused on rapidly creating a better world for all.

Stefan Antoni


Regarded as one of the architects who have contributed to setting a new standard of design and professionalism in South Africa, Stefan Antoni, is creatively brilliant, outlandishly bold, and prolific.

He is today, without doubt, one of the most formidable and most decorated architects that South Africa has produced in recent times. Together with his partners and colleagues at SAOTA, he has continued to stretch the boundaries of creative home design for the most discerning of clients.

SAOTA is a leading firm of architects that champions an innovative and dedicated approach to the design, documentation, and execution of projects globally, resulting in SAOTA becoming an internationally sought-after brand. 

Dorothy van’t Riet


Dorothy van’t Riet is the current CEO of The African Institute of Interior Design Professions (IID) and a former co-opted Executive Board Member of The International Federation of Interior Designers/Architects (IFI) – she is now a regional leader. 

She is the founder & creative director of multi award winning Dorothy van’t Riet Design & Décor Consultants operating locally & internationally. Dorothy has a heartbeat for the continent of Africa. She has actively been involved in interior design education for over 20 years. Besides running her interior design business & projects , Dorothy also offers masterclasses & online lectures in interior design & décor.

Juliet Kavishe


Juliet Kavishe is a Director and a Professional Interior Architect Member of the African Institute of the Interior Design Professions (IID). 

Over the course of a global career spanning 13 years, Juliet has worked as an Interior Architect on projects with a focus on high-end residential homes and commercial and corporate workspaces.

Her upbringing in several countries, as well as her extensive travels in later years have inspired Juliet to create spaces influenced by her global citizenship, some of which can be seen in publications such as SA Décor & Design, Designing Ways, Africanism, and Archdaily.

Jonathan Anstey


Managing Director of Anstey Architects, Jonathan Anstey has been in the architectural industry for over two decades having designed numerous projects throughout his career; from schools, hospitals and airports, to convention centres, housing estates, and game lodges.

Drawing inspiration from nature and focused on creating memorable moments, Jonathan encourages students that ‘unique and inspired design can only be achieved through closing your eyes to trend, your ears to fashion, and your heart to fear.’ At Anstey Architects, they believe that every project is a unique opportunity to celebrate excellence. The company has over 20 years experience in the design of commercial, industrial, and high-end residential projects.

Michele Rhoda


Michele Rhoda is one of the directors of award-winning international firm ARRCC, which is an acclaimed interior design and decor studio based in Cape Town. She believes that a strong work ethic and the ability to earn trust with her clients is paramount to the success of their designs.

Michele is known for creating beauty and balance in interior architecture. Maintaining a sensitivity toward the context and environment of her projects, it is her consistent focus on human connection that has elevated her design reputation in the interior design industry.

Her catalogue of successful projects, locally and abroad are testament to this and each of her interiors subsequently exhibit a unique breadth and scope of inspiration.

Caesarstone’s SDC 2022 brief is now LIVE – enter TODAY!

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