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SWAAN, Wim A

Born: 1927
Died: 1995 10 01

Architect


SWAAN, WA registered 1953 ISAA/SACA 1493. In 1957 he was recorded as resident at 'Dunrobin', 44 Joel Road, Berea, Johannesburg, member of the TIA, in the employ of Harold H LE ROITH & Partners of Washington house 68a Commissioner Street, Johannesburg.

Wim SWAAN (1927-95), an architect, photographer and art historian, prominent in hospital and medical science architecture, and known for his many books of architectural photography and art history, died on October 1 at the age of 68 at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York. He enjoyed distinguished dual careers, designing many important medical facilities and had 18 books published on the subject of art and architecture, for which he took the photographs.

Born in South Africa, Wim earned two degrees in architecture at Wits University and then worked in Johannesburg for two years. Thereafter he studied at Yale University and later became a citizen of the USA in 1968.

Wim retired last year from the firm of Architecture For Health Science and Commerce, in Tarrytown, New York, where he was a senior vice-president and director of design. AHSC is a leader in architecture for medical facilities and laboratories. He was known for creating aesthetic solutions in spatial proportions, particularly in public areas, and for designing facades that overcame constrictions and awkward structural formations.

[Obituary by Orman, Alan. Wim Swaan (1927-1995) in SA Architect, Nov/Dec, 1995. p. 6.]

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.