15 Jul BANNIE BRITZ
STORIES … ARCHITECTURE … LIFE
After qualifying, Bannie Britz travelled and gained work experience in Munich and London. On his return, he practiced on his own in Pretoria from 1968 to1969 and in Johannesburg until 1977. Britz formed several professional partnerships: in 1977 with Michael Scholes; they were joined by Sidney Abramowitch in 1988 – the partnership then known as Britz Scholes Abramowitch. In 1990 it expanded into DSADH: Britz Scholes Abramowitch du Toit Hoffe. Between 1972 and 1992, seventeen built building projects and one urban design project by his various partnerships received Awards of Merit from the Institute of SA Architects (Linning, 2013). At the time it was the highest number of Institute awards any South African practice had received.
In 1992 Britz and his wife Almut moved to Bloemfontein, where he became Professor and Head of Department of Architecture at the University of the Free State. His interest, and large influence on the design of the UFS campus is obvious from the title of his 1993 inaugural lecture: “Wat om met die blou Mercedes aan te vang – oftewel riglyne vir die toekomstige beplanning van die kampus” (What do we do with the blue Mercedes – guide lines for future campus planning). During this period he obtained a Masters in Urban Design. He also practiced professionally as Bannie Britz Architect and Urban Designer.
Born 30 Junie 1935; † 27 March 2013
Education 1991: Masters in Urban Design, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Gauteng; 1960: Bachelor of Architecture, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, Gauteng
Projects featured Secretariat for Bophutatswana Government, Mmabatho, North West Province (1978-1983); House Britz, Bloemfontein, Free State (1998)