Date: August 13, 2018

Public Lecture by Visiting Professor Bert van Bunningen and Phia van Greunen, Lecturer at the Department of Architecture

In addition 1st and 2nd year student work will be exhibited.

Thursday 15 August 2013, 18:00 at the Architecture House

*Originally published on 7 August 2013


Date: August 13, 2018

Two is better than one. Architecture is no exception. The architect may seem to get all the credit, but the success of any project depends on the smooth collaboration of the team. This is just one reason why the Namibian Architecture Student Association (NASA) was officially established by a handful of students in 2013.

The need was realised to work together and support each other towards a greater understanding of architecture and the built environment. This leads to NASA’s mission statement: “NASA strives to uphold, develop and improve all aspects of architectural studies in the Namibian environment and be a prominent link between students and associated industries. To maintain an unyielding platform for students to prosper”.

Collaboration with related industries, especially architects, will greatly contribute to the success and future development of NASA. The seven passionate and hardworking board members of NASA [President - Luke Koegelenberg; Vice-President - Willie Junius; Secretary - Shammah Phiri; Treasurer - Alan Hsu; Events-Organiser - Sara Nakalila and two Executive Board Members - Michelle Njoba and Christopher Nakuumba] are the driving force to create this link between the “industry”, the Department of Architecture and the students, for a more rewarding and respected field of study.

In conclusion, NASA will lead on their motto: act, progress, success. So that participation, input and working together will cultivate a truly comprehensive student organisation.

Luke Koegelenberg and Willie Junius

*Originally published on 1 July 2013




Date: August 13, 2018

Public Lecture by archeologist Dr. Tilman Lenssen-Erz

Thursday 13 June 2013, 18:00 at the Architecture House

*Originally published on 7 June 2013


Date: August 13, 2018

Semester one in the second-year design studio has just flown by; who ever said that studying architecture was not fun? I think it was Voltaire who said “The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.” I certainly enjoy teaching due to the fact that I get to “study” architecture all over again!

We kicked off the semester with a three week project aimed at portable architecture: Reinventing the Vendor.  The most successful interventions were definitely those who allowed their users the most flexibility in use and of course mobility.  The Shoe Shine SculptureThe Walk-In Wardrobeand the Backpack Bench Boxfor the newspaper salesman were definitely among the favourites.

For the next project entitle Interchange, a Facility on the Fringe, the students had to create their own program for a building.  Set on a busy Okuryangava corner; there were certainly enough activities on and around the site to generate a program for a building.  Interventions ranged from nursery schools, taxi ranks and informal markets to some interesting mixed-use schemes, community medical facilities and a bathhouse.  The only prerequisite was that the buildings maintain a very strong public interface, be fully inclusive and well integrated with the context.  All-in-all we’ve been blessed with an extremely great year so far and look forward to the next semester in the architectural design studio.

Phia van Greunen

*Originally published on 1 May 2013


Date: August 13, 2018

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.

Jens Wiedow

*Originally published on 1 April 2013



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