A series of pre-conference events kicked off Durban's hosting of the 25th congress of the International Union of Architects.
The architect known for his distinctive and frequently curvy style designed the main buildings of capital city Brasilia.
Figures released recently rank South Africa 81 out of 96 countries when measuring the ratio of architects to the general population.
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Zhao Xiaojun may not have won a gold medal, but the Shanghai architect who helped create the iconic Water Cube is already reaping the rewards.