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PRISGROVE, Rodney Bryan

Born: 1931 04 24
Died: 2018 05 09


Recipient of the Medal of Distinction from the South African Institute of Architects in 2000.


It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Bryan Prisgrove. Although Bryan was best known for his dedication and commitment to better professional practice in architecture, this passion was matched equally by the delight he displayed when encountering 'good' architecture.

Bryan, who was born and educated in London, immigrated to South Africa in 1967 and after working in the Stauch Vorster Partnership until his retirement from that practice in 1991, practiced as an arbitrator and mediator until he concluded his last arbitration in November 2017.

He joined the Institute [SAIA] in 1969, and because of his keen interest in contractual matters, he served on many specialist committees since 1973. As a member and later chair of the Practice Committee of the Institute, he initiated the mid-career training courses, represented the Institute on the Joint Contracts Committee and since its establishment in 1985, served on the JBCC and its Technical Committee, serving as chair of both during the nineties.

Due to his dedication, several standard agreements, amongst these the now familiar Client-Architect Agreement, were developed and published for use by members of the profession. The standard documents that form part of the Institute's Practice Manual have continuously been revised and updated, and his valuable contributions have structured many of these.

Bryan Prisgrove, although primarily dedicating his efforts towards professional development, also served as President of the Transvaal Provincial Institute from 1992-1993 and was the inaugural President of SAIA from August 1996 to August 1998. He served on the South African Council for Architects from 1990-1998. In 2000 Bryan was awarded the Institute's Gold Medal of Distinction.

There are few architects in practice today, who have not benefited from his tremendous intellect and the effort he put into improving the overall standards of professionalism in this country. We shall remember Rodney Bryan Prisgrove with admiration and gratitude for the mentoring role he fulfilled in our lives, whether through personal interaction or through the body of work he left us.

Our heartfelt condolences go to Grace, the bereaved family, and to his friends and colleagues.

Maryke Cronje, President of SAIA.

(Submitted by William MARTINSON)