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BArch 1982 (Pretoria) (Cum Laude) - Final design title: Captour Bevorderingsentrum

Jaco Wasserfall was invited to participate in the 50 year Anniversary of the University of Pretoria School of Architecture Alumni Exhibition held at the Pretoria Art Gallery on 7-25 July 1993. The following is a short biography which was published in the catalogue at the time.

A Namibian by birth, Jaco Wasserfall received his B. Arch Degree (Cum Laude) from the University of Pretoria in 1982. He was appointed Permanent Full-Time Lecturer in the Pretoria School of Architecture in 1985. Upon being awarded a Livingstone Trust Scholarship, King's College, Cambridge, later the same year, he left for the United Kingdom to read for a Ph.D in Architecture at the Martin Centre for Architectural Studies.

Entitled Early Mine and Railway Housing in South Africa: a two-part study of ideology and design in working-class housing, his thesis has as its chief aim to contribute to a better understanding of, on the one hand, the manner in which different forms of workers' housing may be manipulated to satisfy ideological objectives of an economic and/or political nature, and, on the other, the way in which architectural design - 'the silent testimony of inarticulate objects' - may be wielded as one of the 'ideological apparatuses' of society.

Jaco has been practising as architect in Windhoek, Namibia, since his return in 1989. He is married and has two children.

Beside acting as external examiner whenever possible, Jaco is actively involved in Namibia's architectural profession. He has been the President of the Namibia Institute of Architects for the past two years and will represent the NIA at the 1993 Congress of the International Union of Architects in Chicago in June. He also serves on the Council of the SADC Union of Architects and is a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society.

His involvement with the partnership EURO ODENDAAL ARCHITECTS came to an end with the recent formation of a new practice, ARCHITEXT INCORPORATED.


Jaco WASSERFALL was the Sophia Gray Laureate for 2010.

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.

List of projects

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Beachhouse Van Lill: pre 1993. Jongensfontein, Western Cape - Architect
House Cilliers: pre 1993. Hentiesbaai, Namibia - Architect
House Mayne: pre 1993. Ludwigsdorf, Windhoek, Namibia - Architect
House Slabber: pre 1993. Windhoek, Namibia - Architect
Indonesian Chancery: pre 1993. Windhoek, Namibia - Architect
Spanish Ambassador's Residence: pre 1993. Windhoek, Namibia - Architect


Wasserfall, Jaco. 1989. Early Mine and Railway Houses in South Africa : a two part study of ideology and design in working class houses. Cambridge: Unpublished PhD - King's College, University of Cambridge