Started studies 1930 at Wits, worked for HANSON, TOMKIN & FINKELSTEIN in 1934 (his 4 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.
List of projects With photographs
Books citing HOWIE
|Greig, Doreen. 1971. A Guide to Architecture in South Africa. Cape Town: Howard Timmins. pp 153, 157|
Entries in books by HOWIE
|Howie, WD. Leith, George Esselmont Gordon. In Dictionary of South African Biography Volume III. 1977. Tafelberg for The Human Sciences Research Council|
|Howie, WD. Spicer, Harold Wolseley. In Dictionary of South African Biography Volume III. 1977. Tafelberg for The Human Sciences Research Council|