15 Jul WALLY PETERS
MORE WAYS OF BEING AN ARCHITECT
“You’re next”, said the Head of Architecture of the University of the Free State. Perplexed, I enquired what the telephone call was about, before reaching for a chair and pleading for time to consider.
After some rumination, I concluded that the stage of my career might be ripe for reflection, and wishing to oblige, fortunately Corobrik came to the rescue, and the exhibition could be funded. I chose as my theme More ways of being an architect to capture my threefold oeuvre as an academic, editor and architect.
My full-time academic career began at my alma mater in 1976 where, uniquely, I rose through all ranks from lecturer to senior professor (then University of KwaZulu-Natal) before having emeritus status conferred
Being elected to the regional committee of my profession, it was suggested that I succeed as editor of KZ-NIA Journal in 1982, which lead to my avocation. By 2009 I had compiled and edited 100 issues.
While academia got priority, of my limited works in practice,
I believe my best are the gardens of remembrance, each designed for the particularities of its site.
Having reached the mandatory retirement age at UKZN, I was most fortunate that I could resume my career at the University of the Free State in 2010.
Walter Peters, Bloemfontein, May 2014
Born 10 June 1948
Education 1981: Dr-Ing. Hannover, Germany; 1974: Master of Science (Environmental Conservation) Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh, UK; 1972: Bachelor of Architecture University of Natal, Durban, Kwazulu Natal