“You take delight not in a city’s seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours.”

- Italo Calvino -

Educational background ...

I was enrolled for architecture at the University of Pretoria for three years (1985-1987), when I discontinued the course and started with Town and Regional Planning. I completed my BTRP Degree (cum laude) in 1991. In January 1996 I attended a short course on “Aspects of Urban Design” at the University of Pretoria. I received my Masters Degree in Town and Regional Planning (MTRP) (cum laude) at the University of Pretoria in 2013. The subject of my thesis was “Snapshots of Johannesburg precinct plans: In search of their credibility as tool to manage land use and spatial development”.

Employment background ...

With regard to urban planning and design experience, I was employed at Holm Jordaan and Partners Architects and Urban Designers from November 1992 to February 1997. In March 1997 I became a partner in the firm and held the position until December 2000 when we temporarily located to Namibia. In the company I was responsible for the day-to-day production of all urban spatial planning and urban design related projects, whilst another partner focused on marketing. Through the diversity of projects the office undertook, I gained a wealth of experience in this field.

Upon my return from Namibia in January 2004 I started lecturing on a part time basis at the University of Pretoria, Town and Regional Planning Department, where I am still engaged. I also started to work as an independent private consultant, networking with other consultants where appropriate.

Through my consultancy, I have been responsible for significant urban planning and design projects for the City of Joburg (CoJ) and the City of Tshwane (CoT). I also often provide spatial and spatial-graphic inputs to projects run by other organisations such as other planning firms and the CSIR (amongst others for the National Spatial Development Plan and the Gauteng Spatial Development Perspective). I was also commissioned on three occasions to contribute articles to the magazine Urban Green File. I have a regular column about “good” and “bad” development in a advertisement-funded free publication distributed in the Old-East of the City of Tshwane.

I have a passion for the creation of quality urban environments (on all scales of the city) that are imageable, liveable and sustainable. Although I work with strategic planning on all scales, my preference lies with detail precinct planning and design and spatial conceptualisation on other scales. My specific interest and expertise resides in spatial conceptualisation, spatial planning and design and development guidelines.

... plus

I really love cities

... and travelling

... and books

... and photos

... and ninjutsu

... and the desert.

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