15 Jul JO NOERO
THE EXPEDIENT AND THE ETHICAL, THE EVERYDAY AND THE EXTRAORDINARY
In a tribute written to Professor Jo, Archbishop Desmond Tutu describes his architecture as an architecture that lifted the spirits of people during a time of oppression. Since the early 1980’s
Professor Jo Noero has been in practice and has completed over 200 buildings. His architecture often reflects the sociopolitical concerns of South Africa and has received numerous national and international awards including the Lubetkin Prize from UK, Erskine Prize from Sweden, 16 National Awards of Merit for outstanding design, 15 Project Awards and two Awards of Excellence – all from the Institute of South African Architects.
Noero’s work has been exhibited in many places including the Venice Biennale, Maxxi National Museum of Contemporary Art and Architecture in Rome and Museum of Modern Art in New York. Extensively published, nationally and internationally, Jo has also lectured on
his work in the United Kingdom, Portugal, Norway, Sweden, Finland and the United States of America amongst many other countries. Noero was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Science in South Africa in 2002. Heinrich Wolff joined Noero from 1998-2012 to form Noero Wolff architects.
While managing an extremely busy and practice, his academic career is also respected throughout South Africa and the rest of the world. He was appointed the Director of the School of Architecture and Planning at UCT from 2000 to 2005 and is currently a Professor of Architecture at the same university. From 1995 to 2000 he was appointed as the Norman Moore Professor of Architecture at Washington University in St Louis in USA.
Born 20 December 1950
Education 1994: commended Hon. Doctor of Science, University of Brighton, UK; 1980: Master of philosophy in architecture University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK; 1977: Bachelor of Architecture, University of Natal, Durban, Kwazulu Natal
Projects Featured St Paul’s Anglican Church, Johannesburg, Gauteng (1985); House Sapieka, Cape Town, Western Cape (2001,2007)