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HOWIE, W Duncan

Born:

Architect

SACA:
Reg No: 636
Year registered: 1936

Started studies 1930 at Wits, worked for HANSON, TOMKIN & FINKELSTEIN in 1934 (his 4th year of study) where he prepared drawings for the Brookstone pool, and worked on College Mansions (1934) and Hotpoint House, especially the detailing. Graduated in March 1936 with the Degree of Bachelor of Architecture - with distinction. Appointed Junior Lecturer at Witwatersrand University School of Architecture in 1936. He was a member of STUDIO SEVEN, a group of lecturers who had an office on campus for commercial projects. He also taught part-time at Pretoria School of Architecture. At Wits he moved up through the ranks, to Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, and – after the retirement of John FASSLER – he was promoted to full Professor and Head of the School.

In his book (Herbert 1975, p.136) HERBERT described HOWIE as "gifted with the power of clear-sighted analysis of planning problems... [with] an outstanding competence in the field of construction and materials. This great technical ability and understanding was displayed in brilliant drawings of virtuoso draughtsmanship."

Howie was active in the Institute of Architects, and served as the Editor of its official journal, the South African Architectural Record, for many years.

[HERBERT, culled from his book (Herbert 1975)]

As a student HOWIE was a member of the Alpha Club.

All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

Books citing HOWIE

Greig, Doreen. 1971. A Guide to Architecture in South Africa. Cape Town: Howard Timmins. pp 153, 157

Chapters in books by HOWIE

Howie, WD. Leith, George Esselmont Gordon: in 1977. Dictionary of South African Biography Volume III: pp 506

Howie, WD. Spicer, Harold Wolseley: in 1977. Dictionary of South African Biography Volume III: pp 750