ABBOTT, Reginald CarterBorn: 1908 05 05
Died: 1991 10 12
Reg No: 677
DipArch 1935 (Witwatersrand)
Joined the PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT as a junior assistant in 1926/27. He attended extension classes in architecture at Pretoria, organised by the University of the Witwatersrand, and graduated with a Diploma in Architecture in March 1935. Abbott remained with the Public Works Department until he transferred to the newly established architectural section of the Transvaal Provincial Administration, under JB DEY in 1936 as Assistant Chief Architect of the Transvaal Provincial Administration. In 1937 he undertook an extensive tour of Britain, Europe and the United States. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 1954. He commented on the architectural responsibilities of the Transvaal Provincial Administration and the Public Works Department: 'in the Government service in this country no building can be said to have been designed solely by any particular individual. They are all regarded as joint efforts'. In 1959 and again in 1969 he was still recorded as a salaried member of the Transvaal Provincial Administration (ISAA 1959, 1969). (FRIBA nom papers 1954). ISAA 1927; FRIBA 1954 (FRIBA nom papers 4848, 1954; Abbott 1987, 1988; ISAA mem list; PSL 1934)(T.s.)
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