To begin, a short introduction of myself: As a born Namibian, I graduated from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (formerly UPE) in 2006 with a Masters in Architecture, having spent 6 delightful years studying under fantastic lecturers. Continuing into practice immediately afterwards, I spent 2 years working for the practice of Luke Scott Architects on a number of single family houses, deepening my interest and experience in the design and construction of buildings appropriate to the particular context of Cape Town. The next three years were spent with MLB Architects (Mireilles Lawson Burger) working on a number of large development type projects where I gained outstanding experience dealing with the construction of large buildings and the coordination between the consultant team, the client and the contractor, a task I believe fundamental in achieving a holistic approach to design and construction.
Having spent the better part of the last two years working in Germany, allowed me not only to see magnificent buildings, but also to work on large buildings throughout the world, before returning to my homeland to commence my post as lecturer in our newly founded Department.
Aside from lecturing, I am responsible for the school library, a task I take on with much enthusiasm.
As the late Katrin Vaatz donated her personal architectural library to our Department, and as she was getting involved enthusiastically in studio projects in her last months, we decided to name the fledgling Departmental Library in her honour: the Katrin Vaatz Architecture Library.
In lieu of this kind donation, and other similar donations in the past for which we are very thankful, we encourage all practicing architects to assist us in expanding the collection with donations of books or journals, as we believe that books can help our students to expand their horizons tremendously. Furthermore, we welcome all donations of construction material samples you may not need to expand our samples library to allow students a better understanding of the “stuff” buildings are made of.
I look forward to continued support from the architectural industry in assisting us in educating the future architects of our country.
*Originally published on 1 April 2013