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CHOROMANSKI, Rodney

Born: 1961 09 25
Died: 2018 10 23

Architect


BArch 1990 (Kwa-Zulu Natal)

Principal of RODNEY CHOROMANSKI ARCHITECTS

Obituary

Rod Choromanski established CHOROMANSKI ARCHITECTS in 1996.

His experience within the built environment has been valuable in developing a team, skilled in innovative and dynamic design, which led to success of: projects, architectural competitions and awards. Their diverse portfolio has established recognition both locally and internationally.

Rod has written for various publications, presented papers at conferences and served on urban and architecture design review panels, tutored and travelled to research which offered their practice a wealth of knowledge.

Rod was a multiple award-winning architect. Recipient of the following awards

  • Pan African Parliament, Winner of a Continental Competition in 2007.
  • Cato Manor Museum, Winner of a Nation Wide Competition in 2003.
  • Kendra Gardens Retirement Home, Winner of the Invited Competition in 2006.
  • Durban University of Technology (DUT) Student Village, Design Tender Winner in 2009.
  • Princess Magogo Stadium (FIFA 2010 Training Venue), Design Tender Winner.
  • Point Sewer Pump Station, Award Winner 2014.
  • Durban University of Technology (DUT) City Campus, Award Winner 'Bell Tower' Restoration in 2010.
  • Timeball Tower, Kwa-Zulu Natal Institute for Architects (KZNIA) Building of Merit in 2009.
  • Timeball Tower, Special Award Winner Technical Excellence SSASA in 2009.
  • 2010 FIFA World Cup Venue Design Tender: Top 6 Finalist.
  • Grand Prix Winner - African Architecture Awards 2017.
  • Outstanding Paper/ Design Work Presentation Award at the 2017 International Union of Architects (UIA) in Seoul, South Korea.

Tribute from the President KZN Region of South African Institute of Architects (SAIA KZN)

It's been almost four and a half hours since Rodney Choromanski passed on...

I remain shocked, angry, confused and deeply sad! How is it possible that a talent so free and energetic - a complete human being in all its forms, be removed from us so prematurely!

Rodney and I were part of that unique group that began our careers as architects during the darkest days of repression- the early 80's. Ours was a special group of activists! Some louder than others. Rodney was firm but never loud. A soul who gave off everything he possessed to the advancement of culture, especially to those less fortunate. Music, art, sport, poetry and of course the built environment.

We from KZN should feel honoured to have shared our profession with the first recipient of the Africa Architecture Award but also to be in the midst of one so calm, complete and authentic.

Too soon my brother, just too soon.

Ruben REDDY.
23h30 - 23 October 2018

(SAIA Newsflash 43/2018. Submitted by William MARTINSON)

Statement on passing of Mr Choromanski

Johannesburg, 29 October 2018. Award-winning architect, Rodney Choromanski, may have passed on but his vision, ideas and knowledge will continue to influence current and young architects. This is according to the industry body, the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP), which has joined thousands of professionals in the sector and ordinary South Africans in mourning Choromanki's life.

The 57-year old Choromanski passed away last Wednesday and was laid to rest at his beloved and iconic Umkhumbane Cultural Museum this weekend. The design won him the Africa Architecture award in 2017.

Speaking on behalf of the sector, SACAP President, Mrs Letsabisa Shongwe said:

"The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP), its staff and stakeholders are deeply saddened by the passing of award-winning architect, Rodney Choromanski, whose work and ideas have shaped our landscape. Choromanski was registered with SACAP on 01 September 1995 as a Professional Architect and he was also affiliated with the South African Institute for Architecture (SAIA), the Kwa-Zulu Natal Institute for Architecture (KZIA) and the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). He played an active role in all these structures, " Mrs Shongwe said.

Choromanski was a dedicated Registered Person who completely adhered to the Council Professional Code of Conduct, Mrs Shongwe said.

"He was a Registered Professional Architect from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) South Africa. Due to his expertise as an architect, he established Choromanski Architects in 1996. His proficiency within the built environment has been valuable in developing skilled, innovative and dynamic designs which led to the success of projects, architectural competitions and earned him awards and professional recognition. His diverse portfolio as a Registered Architect with SACAP has established his recognition both locally and internationally.

The Council is proud to have been associated with Choromanski as a Registered Professional Architect. In this role as an architect he excelled and his knowledge and vision was invaluable in the architectural profession during his tenure," Mrs Shongwe added.

Choromanski's legacy would live on in the City of Durban through his eye-catching designs of iconic structures, including the design of the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Music School, the Durban University of Technology City Campus Restoration, Tourism KZN offices and the Princess Magogo Stadium.

"We join the thousands of his friends, loved ones, and his family in mourning his passing. However, it is also vital that we celebrate the life of an exceptional architectural professional registered with SACAP. The highest tribute to his death is not grieve but be eternally grateful for the time he spent among us." SACAP President, Mrs Shongwe, said.

(Wilson Muhlari, Tuesday, 30 October 2018. Submitted by William MARTINSON)