South African architect Jaco Booyens and SAOTA won a gold medal for their restoration of the ensemble of heritage buildings at Buffelsdrift at the seventh edition of the International Domus Restoration and Conservation Award in Italy. This prestigious international award recognizes excellence in the field of restoration and architectural and landscape recovery at an international level. It conceived by the company Fassa S.r.l. and by the University of Ferrara and the winners of the 7th edition in 2020, was announced online through a live streaming event on 2 July 2020.
The judging panel had to work through entries from 73 contributing countries including among others, China, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Russia and USA. There were only two gold medals awarded, which makes this an incredible achievement for South African architecture. The second gold medal went to Giorgio Forti and Ilaria Forti for the restoration of the Façade of the church of Santa Maria Di Nazareth (Vulgo Degli Scalzi)