Great Design. Better Life.
Al Stratford Pr.Arch. (founder 1983), has always approached his world by re-thinking and innovating new ways to reduce products and systems to their basic elements and functional requirements, this he terms “Reductive Innovation”. He adopted this approach into his architectural expression, and furniture design.
When building his own house in 1982, he decided to re-think the standard window application and through a simple innovative process came up with the Winblok® Total Window System. This system reduced the need for lintels, sills and reveals, and could be built in as part of the brick work, totally disrupting the building industry. Winblok® preempted “energy efficiency” and spoke a strong architectural language, reducing the cost and implementation of windows into buildings, claiming “the cheapest way to allow light into a building”.
Wintec® Innovation as a company has adopted Al’s innovative process and come up with the approach that if something is well designed, it will create a better life for the end user. This has inspired our philosophy of: GREAT DESIGN, BETTER LIFE.
We are driven by creating innovative systems and products and “disrupting” the industries and spaces that they occupy. Furthermore introducing Winstep®, Windeck®, Winslot®, and StratFlex® into the market. Wintec® Innovation acts as the platform to service, manufacture and distribute our Architectural Systems and Interior Products on a National and International level.
1995 Institute of Marketing Management - Marketing Man of the Year
1995 Border Kei Institute of Architects - Regional Award: Audio Video Gallery
1996 South African Institute of Architects - Award of Merritt: Audio Video Gallery
1996 Cape Town Design for Living Exhibition - Most innovative new Product
2001 SAIA - National Award of Merit: Stratfords Guesthouse
2005-2006 Border Kei Institute of Architects President
2009-2010 South African Institute of Architects President
2016 28th Sophia Gray Memorial Lecture Laureate
Wintec® Innovation Awards
1988 SABS Industrial Design Awards – Winblok®
1996 SABS Industrial Design Awards – Winstep®
1996 SABS Industrial Design Awards – Windeck®
1996 Concrete Manufacturers Award – National Trophy – Winkit House
2013 Design Indaba 2013 Innovation Award – StratFlex® Technology
Patents & Registered Trademarks
1981 Winblok® and Related Technology
1986 Universal Window System Winvent
1994 Winstep® stair ramp and walkway system
1994 Windeck® suspended floor system
1996 Winstep® Compact stair system
2006 Winslot® Window System
2012 StratFlex® Furniture Technology