BArch (Cape Town)
Dennis Francois Haarhoff was schooled in Port Elizabeth at the Technical College, where he captained the Second Rugby Team and later represented Eastern Province in long distance running. After matriculating Dennis studied Architecture at the University of Cape Town and graduated in June 1967. Dennis married Hilary in Cape Town in 1967 and the couple were to have two daughters, Lisa and Natalie.
Dennis' career with OSMOND LANGE ARCHITECTS started when he joined Willy VANDEVERRE in their Umtata Office in the latter part of 1967. This initial stay in Umtata was brief as Dennis moved six months later to the East London office, where he stayed for three years. He became a partner of OSMOND LANGE in 1969 and the name of the practice was changed to OSMOND LANGE VANDEVERRE & HAARHOFF to reflect the new partnership arrangement. The practice name changed shortly thereafter to OSMOND LANGE VANDEVERRE HAARHOFF & GOLDSWAIN, and subsequently to OSMOND LANGE VANDEVERRE HAARHOFF GOLDSWAIN & BURGER before reverting to OSMOND LANGE.
In January 1972 Dennis took over Osmond Lange's Transkei practice from Willy Vandeverre and spent nine enjoyable and interesting years in Umtata. In 1979 Dennis was appointed as Managing Director of Osmond Lange - succeeding Barry Lange. Dennis then established the Pretoria office in August 1980 and thereafter spent the bulk of his time coordinating the affairs of the (then) eight offices.
By 1997 Dennis was based in Osmond Lange's Johannesburg Office and remained there in a senior management role until his retirement.
Dennis' extra-mural interests were of 'civic and service' in nature, being involved with the Round Table organisation, a Town Councillor in Umtata , Chairman of the Transkei Arts Association and a Rotarian.
Reference: The Oracle 1982 (No. 2), Osmond Lange + Architectural and Planning Studio, Osmond Lange Architects, Pretoria, 1981. pg 37.
William Martinson, April 2020.
These notes were last edited on 2020 04 29
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