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 vakgeheime 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|
|Wegelin, Hans . 2017. Construction primer for Southern Africa. Pretoria: Protea Boekhuis|