15 Jul JACO WASSERFALL
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Dr Jaco Wasserfall is the founder and managing director of Wasserfall Munting Architects based in Windhoek, Namibia. He was born in Otjiwarongo and is a fifth generation Namibian of German and French descent.
After receiving his B.Arch from the University of Pretoria in 1982, he taught for a short period before obtaining a post-graduate scholarship to the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, in 1985. He married his wife Christel in King’s College Chapel early
the following year, and resided in Cambridge until his return to Namibia some four years later, upon choosing to engage in private practice while remaining active in academia.
Dr Wasserfall was a principal in the firm Architext until 2004, when he formed his own practice, Jaco Wasserfall Architects: the name of the practice was changed to Wasserfall Munting Architects in 2009 after he was joined by Paul Munting.
His passion for design and architecture is reflected not only in the work of the practice, but also in his ongoing commitment to architectural education.
Among other local awards and recognitions, Dr Wasserfall has received NIA Awards of Excellence for the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre, Windhoek, in 2002.
Dr Wasserfall’s work has been widely published locally and internationally, and exhibited in several locations around the world. He has been instrumental in the establishment of Namibia’s own fledgling school of architecture at the Windhoek Polytechnic, and continues to perform a range of examination, accreditation and system review functions at celebrated institutions around the world.
Born 30 January 1959
Education 1999: PhD, King’s College, Cambridge, UK; 1982: Bachelor of Architecture, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, Gauteng
Projects featured Franco Namibian Cultural Centre, Windhoek, Namibia (1999); Ernest & Young Corporate Head Office, Klein Windhoek, Namibia (2008)