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DE BRUYN, Johannes (John)

Born: 1897
Died: ?

Architect

SACA:
Reg No: 653
Year registered: 1937

BArch (Witwatersrand), Dip TP (Witwatersrand)

SAIA, TPIA, ARIBA, MSAITP.

DE BRUYN was born in the Netherlands where he was trained at the Academy of Fine Arts, the Hague for six years, qualifying in 1919. Before coming to South Africa, he had ten years of experience in the Netherlands with the municipalities of the Hague and Rotterdam (architect JP Oud) and on residential work (architect HP BERLAGE) and seven and a half years in America, working with Thomas LAMB on theatre design and with the Public Works of the State of New York on prisons and hospitals. In South Africa. Lamb was responsible for the design of the Metro Theatre for Metro Goldwyn Meyer in Johannesburg (1932) and of the Metro Theatre in Durban (1936). It is possible that through his association with LAMB in New York, DE BRUYN was encouraged to move to South Africa.

While it is uncertain of the exact year he came to South Africa, this was soon after 1933, the year of the zerohour publication. He spent a year-and-a-half with the PWD in Pretoria. From this it is deduced that he was not allowed into private practice until such time as he could formally register as an architect. He sat the special qualifying exam at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1935. In that year he then worked in the office of KALLENBACH, KENNEDY & FURNER for seven months with HW SPICER for seven months (1936). In March 1936 he graduated with the Degree of Bachelor of Architecture and became a member of the ISAA in 1937. In this year he was an assistant at COWIN & ELLIS, who at the time were South Africa's supervising architects for LAMB's designs in South Africa for Metro Goldwyn Meyer theaters. HERBERT mentions a design by De Bruyn for a house for the Rand Daily Mail Ideal Homes competition (1937: 164) which had a low pitched roof.

[Further research is needed to complete his full biography after 1940 (Eds)]

In 1959 and again in 1969 he was listed as a partner in COWIN, DE BRUYN & COOK at 101, Portland Place, 37, Jorissen Street, Braamfontein, (Box 9675), Johannesburg.

(ISAA 1959: 89, 183; ISAA 1969: 91, 117).

Books citing DE BRUYN

Herbert, Gilbert. 1975. Martienssen & the international style: The modern movement in South African architecture. Cape Town - Rotterdam: AA Balkema. pp 164, 165, 185

ISAA. 1959. The Yearbook of the Institute of South African Architects and Chapter of SA Quantity Surveyors 1958-1959 : Die Jaarboek van die Instituut van Suid-Afrikaanse Argitekte en Tak van Suid-Afrikaanse Bourekenaars 1958-1959. Johannesburg: ISAA. pp 89, 183

ISAA. 1969. The Yearbook of the Institute of South African Architects and Chapter of SA Quantity Surveyors 1968-1969 : Die Jaarboek van die Instituut van Suid-Afrikaanse Argitekte en Tak van Suid-Afrikaanse Bourekenaars 1968-1969. Johannesburg: ISAA. pp 91, 117