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GALLAGHER, Glen John Brown

Born: 1935 11 11
Died: 2010 04 10


Reg No: 1953
Year registered: 1959

PhD (Honoris Causa) (Pretoria) MArch (Pennsylvania) BArch (Witwatersrand) PrArch MIArch.

Past president of the Institute of Architects (1978-1979), recipient of the Institute's Gold Medal of Distinction, Director Emeritus of GAPP ARCHITECTS & URBAN DESIGNERS.

The following citation was for the awarding of the degree Philosophiae Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Pretoria.

Glen John Brown GALLAGHER was born on the eleventh of November 1935. He was awarded his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture by the University of the Witwatersrand after which he first worked in London & New York before completing a Masters degree under the celebrated mentor, Louis I Kahn at the University of Pensylvania, Philadelphia. Prior to receiving his Masters degree he attended a series of 40 extra-mural lectures on "The Four Great Makers: Mies van der Rohe, Walter Gropius, Frank Lloyd Wright and LE CORBUSIER" at Colombia University, New York City. He has, since completing his studies, been a practitioner in South Africa, working initially for his erstwhile professors, FASSLER and HOWIE. He left them to join a partnership with Wilhelm O MEYER and later with Manfred HOFFRICHTER and Dierk VOLAVSEK. From 1979 he was partner in the firm, GALLAGHER ASPOAS POPLAK SENIOR, which later became “GAPS”, known now, after a merger with their Cape Town associates, as GAPP – one of the most respected practices in South Africa.

GALLAGHER's work ranges from low-cost housing and the upgrading of shack schools, to corporate banking, airports, offices and retail projects. He has served as a consultant in urban planning to the local authorities of Cape Town, Johannesburg, Sandton, Roodepoort, Pietermaritzburg and Port Elizabeth in various capacities and was, at one stage, an advisor to the Ministry of Housing.

His work has been widely published, both locally and abroad, for example in the Architectural Review and by the International Union of Architects, as well as being featured in books on contemporary architecture. He was invited exhibitor for the 1991 exhibition "Legacy of Louis Kahn" in Philadelphia in an accompanying exhibition of some of a selected group of students' work. Thereafter, the main exhibition of Kahn's work travelled to several major capitals of the world. In South Africa Glen GALLAGHER has been one of a select few architects to feature in the prestigious Sophia Gray series of lectures and exhibitors, sponsored by the University of the Free State.

His services to the profession in South Africa are legion and he has, amongst his many portfolios, served as President of both the Transvaal Provincial and South African Institute of Architects, Alternate Councillor of the World Council of the International Union of Architects and member of the Habitat Working Group of the International Union of Architects. He maintained membership of the Royal Institute of British Architects and defended South African interests during the years of isolation, ensuring that SA students disadvantaged by apartheid received support from 1991 to the present through his Chairmanship of the South African Bursary Fund of this organisation, of which University of Pretoria undergraduates have been recipients.

In 1976 he produced the film "Ikhaya" for the International Union of Architects (UIA) which dealt critically with housing problems for low-income people in South Africa. This film was shown at international conferences of the UIA, the Commonwealth Association of Architects and the Habitat Conference of the United Nations in Vancouver, Canada, at a time when South Africa was excluded from the UN. It also won second prize at an international film festival for housing and planning films in Geneva Switzerland. The film was directed by Fredo Guedes.

GALLAGHER has also made a direct contribution to the education of young architects, as design lecturer and visiting critic at, amongst others, the University of the Witwatersrand, University of Pretoria, Kansas State University, USA, and the Nova Scotia Technical College, Canada. He is regular external examiner at South African schools of architecture, and in particular, a stalwart in this capacity at the University of Pretoria. Here he also serves on the Advisory Board of the EBIT Faculty.

GALLAGHER has published widely on aspects of the discipline, in particular on the subject of improving the lot of the less privileged members of society, through ensuring they are given equitable habitation in urban settings. His work has been repeatedly honoured by the profession through the peer reviewed Awards of Merit, as well as numerous other awards, including the Silver Medal of Excellence of the Institute of South African Architects (1993) for his service to the profession.

He was responsible for the Urban Design and Architecture of most buildings of Arandis New Town for Rossing Uranium Ltd for 1000 low-income families. This was the first multi-racial mining town that provided for married families in what was then South West Africa. He designed the Corporate Headquarters of Sentrachem and nearby of Protea Holdings in Sandton. He was, for many years, leader of the core team of consultants for the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Capetown and still serves on its Design Review Committee and was responsible for the design of the Commodore Hotel in the Waterfront. He was responsible for the Sandton Library and the Johannesburg Headquarters of Telkom at Joubert Park, a project done in association with another firm of architects. More recently, he was leader of a team of four firms of architects who designed the Domestic Terminal of Johannesburg International Airport. He was Chairman of the team of three firms of Architects who designed the award winning De Beers Consolidated Mines "Cornerstone" Headquarters and is currently responsible for the “Auroras” project under construction in the Gateway precinct of Umhlanga in KZN of which GAPP are the urban design consultants.

GAPP, as a firm, has won many awards for completed buildings and has designed many important buildings such as the Park Hyatt Hotel and the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, the Arabella Sheraton Hotel and Hartleyvale Stadium in Cape Town, and Knysna Quays in Knysna. Many of these and other buildings were done in association with other architects. He was not directly responsible for these projects, but his contribution to the ethos of GAPP as a director has had a seminal influence on much of the work of GAPP. He has very recently retired from GAPP and has been honoured as a "Director Emeritus" of this prestigious firm.

In awarding the degree Philosophiae Doctor Honoris Causa the University of Pretoria acknowledges the contribution of Glen GALLAGHER to the forming of the South African built environment, by direct contribution as designer and through his thoughtful, caring and sensitive intellectual pursuit of the discipline of architecture, ensuring that these values become part of the public realm.

Glen GALLAGHER was the Sophia Gray Laureate in 1993.

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

In 1966 he was a signatory to the broadsheet, CREDO

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 GALLAGHER

Images Australia (Pty) Ltd. 1993. Building Professionals of South Africa, Volume 1. Melbourne: Images Australia (Pty) Ltd. pp 16-17

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, 118