Date: November 10, 2020

The Department of Architecture and Spatial Planning (DASP) at NUST has reached a milestone in its development, by opening the Katrin Vaatz Resource Centre (KVRC) for students and staff. The resource center has been named after the late Katrin Vaatz when she bequeathed here collection of architectural resources to the Department in 2012. Since then the KVRC has been steadily growing its collection largely through donations, but because of the lack of a dedicated librarian, access to this important resource was intermittent until recently and the security of books and resources could not be comprehensively ensured.


Since the beginning of November 2020, a Senior Library Assistant, Ms Hedwig Khadila, has been recruited from amongst the NUST Main Library staff and is stationed full-time at the KVRC Monday to Fridays, ensuring maximum access and support for students and staff and maintaining and securing the collection. Books and journals are catalogued using the NUST Main Library cataloguing system. Furthermore, the KVRC has a A4/3 full colour scanner / copier available for students and staff to scan resources while we are exploring funding opportunities to procure a full library lending system that would allow the loaning of books and resources.


By this letter I would like to invite all practices in the built-environment field to consider donating relevant resources, including books and journals which you no longer require, to the DASP KVRC. Please send inquiries to Ms Khadila under hshikongo@nust.na and to KVRC Coordinator Ms Jane Gold under jgold@nust.na


We look forward to your response and developing the KVRC into a leading resource centre for built-environment resources in the years to come.

Tags: news; architecture; DASP; Katrin Vaatz; Namibia

Date: July 16, 2020

This event is the fifth in the Sustainable Urbanisation series and will be hosted jointly by the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the Commonwealth Association of Architects. It will focus on the findings of the ‘Survey of the Built Environment Professions in the Commonwealth’ and the need to build capacity and capability to better respond to the challenges created by climate change and rapid urbanisation. 


Opening remarks will be given by:

·       Dr Joanna Newman MBE, Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities

The session will be chaired by:

·       Ms Sithabile Mathe, Commonwealth Association of Architects, Chair of the Validation Committee

·       Mr Alex Wright, Head of Policy, Association of Commonwealth Universities

The panel will include:

·       Ms Mina Hasman, Head of Sustainability, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, London

·       Eng Papias Kazawadi, Immediate Past President, Institution of Engineers, Rwanda

·       Mr Phillip Luhl, Head of Department, Architecture and Spatial Planning, Namibia University of Science and Technology

·       Mr Alex Ndibwami, Director, Teaching and Learning Enhancement, University of Rwanda

·       Prof Barbara Norman, Chair of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Canberra

·       Dr Philippa Tumubweinee, Head of School, Department of Architecture, University of Cape Town

·       Ms Geetika Anand, Consultant, Indian Institute of Human Settlements

There will be plenty of time for an interactive Q&A section, with live questions from the audience.


To sign up to other sessions in the online programme click https://commonwealthsustainablecities.org/onlineprogramme/, and to sign up to the series of lectures for built environment professionals running in parallel to the main programme click https://commonwealthsustainablecities.org/cpd/.  


Finally, if you have any queries please do not hesitate to email info@commonwealthsustainablecities.org

Tags: NUST; DASP; Architecture

Date: September 06, 2018

I am a junior lecturer in the architecture program at DASP and an architect-in-training, under the Namibian Council for Architects and Quantity Surveyors. 

I first joined the Department of Architecture in 2012 for my Bachelor’s degree when the institution was still the Polytechnic of Namibia. Back then the Department was housed in what was called the Arch House, off campus, for about four years. In 2015, during my honours year, I was fortunate to still be a part of the Department during its transition to the newly built facility. In 2016 I transitioned to the architecture Department of the University of the Free State (UFS) in Bloemfontein, where I completed my professional master’s degree.  With the master’s program at UFS being a one-year program, I must admit that although I learnt and experienced a lot, I could have used more time in that Department as well. 

As an alumna of this Department and having completed my qualifications not long ago; old vs new is fresh in my mind. While the Department clearly needed upgraded facilities, the Arch House had a special quality that cultivated a connection and culture not only across the different groups of students but also between peers that got lost in the transition. I feel this is just as essential to a student’s personal progress as the quality of the education. While that culture perhaps cannot be exactly imitated, my hope is that current and future students can find a culture of their own; where the reminiscence of their time at DASP, won’t be consumed by memories of only sleepless nights and time in the studio. 

Having been a part of many transitions during my time as a student, I am very excited to have joined the Department at a time where things seem to be settling into their own, and I hope to see more alumni to contribute in the near future.

Esther Shipuata

Tags: NEWS

Date: May 14, 2018

Public Lecture by Olavi Makuti on 14 May 2018 16:00 at DASP


Date: April 01, 2018

The DASP community is sad to let one of its most popular members move to hopefully greener pastures: Mr Silas Amutenya, the founding secretary of the Department of Architecture, later to become DASP, leaves the Department on 31. March 2018. Since 2011 Silas has been the point of contact of the Department, cherished by staff and students alike for his diligence, his positive spirit and collegiality. As the only male secretary at NUST Silas has challenged stereotypes and surpassed boundaries. Much of the work of setting up Departmental structures and processes must be credited to his hard work, and we want to thank Silas for his immense contribution to the success of the Department.

Silas will take up a position at Agribank, while also finalizing his MBA. While we will miss Silas’s laughter in the building, we wish him all the best for his future endeavors!

Tags: NEWS


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