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GRAFF, Elias Isaiah, 'Jummy'

Born: fl 1948

Architect

SACA:
Reg No: 1206
Year registered: 1950

BArch. (Witwatersrand), A.R.I.B.A. Graduated from Wits in 1958. In 1959 he was a partner in MOROSS & GRAFF at 405 M.B.S. Buildings, corner Wolmarans & Simmonds Streets, (Box 10506), Johannesburg, and in 1969 recorded as at cor. Eloff & Smit Sts, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

'Essentially a pragmatist, unattached to theoretical positions or utopian visions.' An efficient producer of buildings - well planned, soundly constructed and spacially organised with flair. He, unlike his Wits compatriots, felt more at home with Frank Lloyd Wright than Le Corbusier. He gravitated naturally to London in 1950 and returned with his design aesthetic heavily influenced by British modernism with its 'good manners' and Swedish bias.' He had a flair for competitions and in the partnership was often placed or premiated.

He is recalled as '... a quiet man yet you always felt his presence.

(Chipkin, 2008: 250-255)

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.

Books citing GRAFF

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 91, 185

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 93, 119