NIEGEMAN, Henk Theodorus OttoBorn: 1905 12 24
Died: 1972 12 19
Reg No: 763
Year registered: 1941
Studied architecture at the School of Architecture, Haarlem, Holland from 1923 to 1926. He was assistant to T Th Wydeveld, Holland; Hopp & Lucas, Germany; Entreprise Co Francaise, France; Fred Forbat, Germany and Erik Mendelsohn, Germany. He spent a further year in America where he had his own practice and six months in Mexico City in town planning. He then went to the USSR, where he was employed by the Government there. During this time he lectured further in France for one year after which he proceeded in turn to Los Angeles, San Diego, Encinitas, Kansas City, Vienna, Moscow, Leningrad and finally the University of Cape Town. He acted as a consultant architect in Chinese South East Turkestan, in Afghanistan and in the Belgian Congo. He came to Cape Town in about 1939. Among Niegeman's overseas buildings were a motor tyre factory in Jarosawl, USSR, a ranch house in California, a hide warehouse in Chinese South East Turkestan and apartment buildings in the Belgian Congo. He was also responsible for various designs for tubular steel furniture. He was 'a protagonist of the modern movement in Cape Town' (Herbert 1975:226); Niegeman entered into partnership with ED ANDREWS in 1941 (cf ANDREWS & NIEGEMAN) - although Herbert (1975:226) says the partnership was formed in 1939). In 1954 Niegeman was nominated for Fellowship of the RIBA in 1954; he retired in 1972 and died in the same year.
(A&B Jan 1973:31; FRIBA nom papers 1954)
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