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LOW, Iain

Born: 1954

Architect


Born in Cape Town. Graduated from University of Cape Town (1979). Practice and teaching in Lesotho and South Africa. A consenting general eclectic with a rational bias whose current standpoint acknowledges the influence of a general collective and questions the notion of objective and original thought. Was Project Architect for a World Bank project in Lesotho to improve educational facilities; and pursuing the development of prototypical building forms in urban and rural locations, based on contextually responsive and cost-effective solutions. Joseph Rykwert, in UIA-International Architect 5, describes the role of the architect in developing countries as 'the servant of more or less authoritarian government', where 'young practitioners newly released from university faculties' find disappointment which evokes a bitterness. The problem with architecture today is that architects are too busy communicating with each other through their buildings. The interpretation of user needs through our personal or private bias tends to alienate both client and user and produce the authoritarian client type.

(UIA Issue 8, 1985)

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 by LOW

Low, Iain, Smuts, Carin & Architects Support Group for South Africa. 1997. A new school of architecture in South Africa? : a study launched by Architects Support Group for South Africa, ASGSA-UK. Johannesburg: Daedalus Press

Books citing LOW

Beck, Haig (Editor). 1985. UIA International Architect : Southern Africa (Issue 8). London: International Architect. pp Inner front cover, 14-15

Entries in books by LOW

Low, Iain. The Bifurcation of Space - Cape Town & Environs. In 10 years + 100 buildings : Architecture in a Democratic South Africa. 2009. Bell-Roberts Publishing

Low, Iain, Cooke, Julian & Joubert, 'Ora. Ekasi Medley. In 10 years + 100 buildings : Architecture in a Democratic South Africa. 2009. Bell-Roberts Publishing

Low, Iain, Cooke, Julian & Joubert, 'Ora. Dibanisa Iinstapho Hostels to Homes Project. In 10 years + 100 buildings : Architecture in a Democratic South Africa. 2009. Bell-Roberts Publishing

Low, Iain, Cooke, Julian & Joubert, 'Ora. Joe Gqabi Transport Terminus. In 10 years + 100 buildings : Architecture in a Democratic South Africa. 2009. Bell-Roberts Publishing

Low, Iain, Cooke, Julian & Joubert, 'Ora. Stock Road Station. In 10 years + 100 buildings : Architecture in a Democratic South Africa. 2009. Bell-Roberts Publishing

Low, Iain, Cooke, Julian & Joubert, 'Ora. Mitchells Plain Public Transport Interchange. In 10 years + 100 buildings : Architecture in a Democratic South Africa. 2009. Bell-Roberts Publishing

Low, Iain, Cooke, Julian & Joubert, 'Ora. Informal Traders Market. In 10 years + 100 buildings : Architecture in a Democratic South Africa. 2009. Bell-Roberts Publishing

Low, Iain, Cooke, Julian & Joubert, 'Ora. Service Centres & Pay Points. In 10 years + 100 buildings : Architecture in a Democratic South Africa. 2009. Bell-Roberts Publishing

Low, Iain, Cooke, Julian & Joubert, 'Ora. Trojan Horse Memorial. In 10 years + 100 buildings : Architecture in a Democratic South Africa. 2009. Bell-Roberts Publishing

Low, Iain, Cooke, Julian & Joubert, 'Ora. Early Childhood Development Centre. In 10 years + 100 buildings : Architecture in a Democratic South Africa. 2009. Bell-Roberts Publishing

Low, Iain, Cooke, Julian & Joubert, 'Ora. Delft Day Care Centres. In 10 years + 100 buildings : Architecture in a Democratic South Africa. 2009. Bell-Roberts Publishing

Low, Iain, Cooke, Julian & Joubert, 'Ora. Usasazo Secondary School. In 10 years + 100 buildings : Architecture in a Democratic South Africa. 2009. Bell-Roberts Publishing

Low, Iain. Twin Houses. In 10 years + 100 buildings : Architecture in a Democratic South Africa. 2009. Bell-Roberts Publishing

Low, Iain. Schools Programme, Lesotho (1983). In UIA International Architect : Southern Africa (Issue 8). 1985. International Architect

Low, Iain . 7.5 Seeing South : 'African' Architecture and Spatial Justice. In Theorising Architecture in Sub-Saharan Africa : Perspectives, Questions, and Concepts. 2021. DOM publishers