Out on the edge you see all kinds of things that you can't see from the centre"
Mary Anne Constable
Architect | Journalist | Photographer
SAPOA Property Feature Journalist of the Year Winner 2014
First Runner Up 2018 & 2019
My mission is to find the hidden creativity in the world around us; sometimes the most extraordinary discoveries lie in ordinary places...
Having specialised in the architectural journalism field for nine years, and in green buildings and sustainability specifically for more than half of those, I am always inspired to write the stories about projects that challenge the status quo in the building industry by going against conventional norms. It is my view that the built environment sector has a great responsibility not only to affect change by physically building better, but also to show others the way towards a more resilient and sustainable future. And it is my hope that by providing an authentic voice in the journalistic realm, that I can inspire those that have the power to do things differently, to step up and make the change. One article at a time.
Testimonials about my work
"Thank you very much for this real engagement with the issues and story of The Fringe. No one has come close before to working with us to tell the story with all its complexities and challenges." [Read SAPOA award-winning article about The Fringe District]
- Yehuda Raff, Project Coordinator of the The Fringe, Cape Town.
"Mary Anne’s understanding of her discipline and passion for all things green and sustainable shine through not only in her written work but in her eagerness to share her knowledge with a broader audience. She has a special talent for highlighting the beauty and simplicity in even the most technical subject matter."
- Marike Groot, Online Specialist, Ecobuild, Interact Media.
"In the Property Feature Journalist category [which received 14 entries], Mary Anne Constable, features writer for the Journal of Facilities Management, won the award for her fresh style of writing and thought-provoking articles that the judges felt were well presented."
- South African Property Owners' Association (SAPOA) Journalism Awards 2014
"As an editor, it is a joy to receive copy that is intelligent, succinct and well written. The subject has been researched thoroughly and presented in a style that is engaging and informative. She also delivers the goods on deadline! What more could you ask for out of a writer? In short, Mary Anne really has what it takes!"
- Terry Owen, Editor Urban Green File, Journal of Facilities Management (previously Brooke Pattrick Publications).