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SCHOLTZ, Tielman Johannes Roos

Born: 1930 02 10
Died: 2002 06 01


Reg No: 1470
Year registered: 1953

BArch 1952 (Pretoria)

Tielman Scholtz was Born in Pretoria in 1930 to Tielman Scholtz and Vera Roux. He was named for his uncle, the well-known Tielman Johannes Roos.

After graduating from the University of Pretoria worked as an architect in Pretoria. In 1959 he was working for BURG, LODGE & BURG at van der Stel Buildings, P.O. Box 1726, Pretoria. He then moved to London where he practised for a couple of years before moving back to Pretoria where he joined STAUCH VORSTER + PARTNERS. He retired from STAUCH VORSTER as the senior partner at age 60 in 1992 when he then retired to a small wine farm near to where his forbears had farmed in the Western Cape between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. His second wife, Nicki, was Swedish and so after a couple of years the family then moved to Stockholm for a few years so that his sons could be educated in Sweden. He and his wife then returned to Cape Town, where he died on June 1st 2002.

Tielman was a remarkable character. His drawings, before the age of computer draughting, were immaculate, accurate, and a delight to behold. While he dealt with a wide spectrum of building types, he was a strong researcher and developed expertise in a number of fields, eventually specialising in hotels and in hospitals. But one of the most significant skills that he brought to Stauch Vorster was that of management, and it was largely due to his influence, together with that of Robin VORSTER, that the firm eventually became the largest in Africa, with some 400 staff members, nationally and internationally, at one time with employees of 17 nationalities.

His ability for complex thinking is perhaps demonstrated best in the design of Durban Station. During the apartheid years, platforms and facilities had to be completely separated, and because trains arrived from both North and South, the plan of the station was complex and difficult. Tielman pointed out to his clients that apartheid could not last, but this proposition was not well received, so he designed a facility which could be adapted to more conventional use without making any structural alterations other than merely changing the signage. He admitted that the exercise had been rather like playing three-dimensional chess, but he had enjoyed the challenge.

He died in June 1st 2002 in Cape Town.

Information supplied by David Scholtz, son of TJR SCHOLTZ with additional information from Shelagh NATION.

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Durban Station: n.d.. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Design Architect