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WEGELIN, Hans Willem

Born: 1940

Architect


BArch 1964 (Pretoria)

Hans Willem WEGELIN was born in Utrecht, the Netherlands, in 1940. In 1947, the future looking bleak after the war (his mother died during the war years), his violinist father Arthur decided to emigrate to South Africa with his two children where he soon remarried and settled in Potchefstroom.

Hans matriculated at Potchefstroom Gimnasium and went on to study Architecture at the University of Pretoria.

After graduating he worked in Cape Town for architect Chris LOCHNER for a year. Finding the pace too slow, he got married and took a job in Vanderbijlpark with FA KEMP and JT KEMP where he was mainly involved with housing contracts in Sasolburg for SASOL.

In 1969 he moved to Pretoria where he joined the Kemps under the style of KEMP, KEMP AND WEGELIN.

His main projects are:

  • the industrial mushroom town of Secunda for the second SASOL plant, where, apart from thousands of houses, his firm designed many of the commercial buildings, the police building, post office, bank etc.
  • several schools
  • the Police Quartermaster building in Silverton, Pretoria
  • the conversion of the old Mint Building in Visagie street, Pretoria into the National Cultural History Museum (The African Window)

Apart from a busy practice Hans took on a teaching post at the Department of Architecture of the University of Pretoria in 1970, being promoted to senior lecturer in 1986 and associate professor in 1999. He completed his M.Arch in 1987 on the subject of a retrieval system for building information including the development of a thesaurus of building terms, subsequently developing this into the first computer information retrieval system in the country to run on a personal computer. The system is still running and the database may be searched on the internet.

Hans has authored four books on construction and specification, and written 35 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

He stopped practicing in 1995, and retired from University in 2005. He is still active in the field of specification writing, having been appointed by the DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS to revise their standard building specification.

He is married to Lucette. They have two daughters, Wytske and Paula, and two sons, Willem and Jan, and eight grandchildren.

He likes to potter in his back yard, is interested in solar solutions to energy problems, and cycles to keep fit.

2013 10 01 - Receives the PIA President's Award.

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.

Articles by WEGELIN

Wegelin, Hans. 0. Roof light renovation. Unpublished

Wegelin, Hans. 1991. Argiknepe : tegniese nuus : glas sonskerm. Architecture SA. Vol 16, Issue 7, Jul 36

Wegelin, Hans. 1991. Akoestiese plafonpaneel met lig : Argiknepe. SA Architect. Vol 46, Issue 11, Nov 46

Wegelin, Hans. 1991. Architrix : articulated bricks - artikuleerde stene. SA Architect. Vol 11, Issue 9, Sep/Oct 40

Wegelin, Hans. 1991. Argiknepe - glas handreling. SA Architect. Maart/April 41

Wegelin, Hans. 1992. Eaton's faggots : the Netherlands Bank Building, Pretoria. Architecture SA. Vol 89, Issue 9, Sep

Wegelin, Hans. 1992. Architrix : technical news : copper roof tiles. Architecture SA. Vol 53, Issue 1, Jan 27

Wegelin, Hans. 1992. Architrix : architects' tricks-of-the-trade : structural glazing. Architecture SA. 16, Issue 2, Mar-Apr 37

Wegelin, Hans. 1992. Argiknepe : daklig - Brooklyn Mall, Pretoria. SA Architect. Vol 34, Issue 11, Nov 38

Wegelin, Hans. 1992. Argiknepe : die Palace Hotel, Lost City. SA Architect. Vol 11, Issue 7, Jul 48

Wegelin, Hans. 1992. Architrix : GRC elephant foot : The Palace, the Lost City, Sun City. SA Architect. Vol 22, Issue 5, May 43

Wegelin, Hans. 1993. Architrix : clay pipe handrail. Architecture SA. Vol 13, Issue 11, Nov

Wegelin, Hans. 1993. Argiknepe : Staaltrap. SA Architect. Sept/Okt 36

Wegelin, Hans. 1993. Architrix : steel arched arcade, Sammy Marks Square, Pretoria. Architecture SA. May/June 38

Wegelin, Hans. 1994. Glazed clay block screen : Netherlands Bank – Durban 1965. Architecture SA. May/June

Wegelin, Hans. 1994. Die rubriek waarin argitekte se tegniese vakeheime geopenbaar word : argiknep. Architecture SA. Vol 10, Issue 12, Nov-Dec 33

Wegelin, Hans. 1994. Argiknepe : lasdraende steenwerk. Architecture SA. Vol 76, Issue 7 38

Wegelin, Hans. 1996. Head Office - Hoofkantoor : Velocity Films. Architecture SA. May-June 37

Wegelin, Hans. 1996. Argiknepe: Sonskerm, Studiesentrum - Universiteit van Pretoria. Architecture SA. Jan/Feb 28

Wegelin, Hans. 1997. Architrix: Powder-coated exterior - Siemens Park, Midrand. SA Architect. March + April 36

Wegelin, Hans. 1998. Architrix - Munitoria: Early heat-reflecting glass. SA Architect. Vol 24, Issue 6, Mar 64

Wegelin, Hans. 1999. Architrix : Undulating roof. SA Architect. Vol 24, Issue 93, Apr 34

Wegelin, Hans. 1999. Karbeelhuise in die Groot-Karoo : argiknepe. South African Architect. Vol 6, Issue 6, Jul-Aug 61

Wegelin, Hans. 2000. Argiknepe: Moot-brug. SA Architect. March + April 45

Wegelin, Hans. 2001. Bottle walls - De Waal's cottage, Twin Rivers, Doornkloof : architrix. South African architect. Vol 17, Issue 2, Jan-feb 48

Wegelin, Hans. 2013. Parabolic roof. Architecture SA. 2013/64 47

Wegelin, Hans. 2014. Lightweight steel frame in Mozambique. Artefacts. April

Wegelin, Hans. 2015. ETICS. Architecture South Africa. July/Aug 65-66

Books by WEGELIN

Wegelin, Hans. 2009. Construction primer for Southern Africa. Pretoria: Visual Books