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FINSEN, Evyind Niels

Born: 1930 07 26
Died: 2007 11 01


Reg No: 1518
Year registered: 1953

(BArch. (Witwatersrand), A.R.I.B.A.)

Recipient of the Medal of Distinction from the South African Institute of Architects in 1992.

In 1959 was listed in the partnership R SPENCER PARKER, ANTHONY W PARKER & EN FINSEN at 1007 Jubilee House, 15 Simmonds Street, Johannesburg. In 1959 he was a partner in TAYLOR, FINSEN & TAYLOR

(Transvaal Inst. practicing. ISAA Yearbook, 1959)

Entry in SAWW 1976:307:

FINSEN, Eyvind Niels, B. Arch. (Rand), Dip. T.P. (Rand) A. R.I.B.A., M.I.A., A.Inst. Arb., Arch. (S.A.); Architect and Town Planner; Town Cclr. of Sandton, Past Pres. Tvl. Prov. Instit. of Architects 1968-9 and 1973-4; b. 26th June, 1930, Jhb.; Educ.: King Edward VII Sch. and Univ Wits.; s.o. William Stephen Finsen; m. 1963 Margaret Winifred, do. Canon F. J. Newth, 2 s., 1 d,; Rec,: Carpentry, gardening and sailing; Add.: 56 Denoon Drive, Athol, Sandton, and P.O. Box 78041, Sandton, Tvl.


An obituary from the Wits Alumni Relations obituary archive
(Alumni Relations - accessed 06-05-2022)

Eyvind Finsen passed away on Thursday, 1 November 2007. Eyvind was born in Johannesburg on 26 June 1930 and after matriculating at KES, he studied at the University of the Witwatersrand, obtaining a BArch degree in 1953, and a post-graduate diploma in Town Planning in 1958. He excelled early on in his career, when in 1971 he won the first prize in the Vereeniging Civic Centre architectural competition in association with Guy Andrews and Crawford. Eyvind was passionate about education and continuous professional development, and presented training courses for the SA Institute of Architects since 1982 and organised and presented Correspondence Courses on Arbitration for the Association of Arbitrators (Southern Africa) since 1984. He presented numerous seminars on the building contract throughout South Africa and in Namibia over the years. He was an external examiner for the Department of Quantity Surveying and Building Economics at the University of the Witwatersrand from 1985, and was examiner in Professional Practice for the SA Council for the Architectural Profession since 1985.

Eyvind was elected to numerous positions of leadership over the years. He served two non-consecutive terms as President of the Transvaal Provincial Institute of Architects (1967-68 & 1971-72). He was Chairperson of the Association of Arbitrators (Southern Africa) for a record thirteen consecutive years (1979-1992) and was appointed Executive Director of the Association from 1994-1999. He was elected a Life Member of the Association in 1989. He was the President of the South African Council for Architects for two consecutive terms from 1992 to 2001, and remained on the first Council which was appointed in terms of the Act for the Architectural Profession serving until 2005. His interests were however wider and he served as a Town Councillor of Sandton from 1972-1977, and was a member of the Management Committee from 1972-1975. He also served as President of Convocation of the University from 1987 to 1992.

(Re-printed with kind permission from the SA Institute of Architects)

Submitted by William MARTINSON.

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University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg Planetarium: 1960. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Project Architect

Books citing FINSEN

ISAA. 1959. The Yearbook of the Institute of South African Architects and Chapter of SA Quantity Surveyors 1958-1959 : Die Jaarboek van die Instituut van Suid-Afrikaanse Argitekte en Tak van Suid-Afrikaanse Bourekenaars 1958-1959. Johannesburg: ISAA. pp 90, 184

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 92, 118

SAWW. 1976. Who's Who of Southern Africa : including Mauritius and incorporating South African Who's Who and the Central African Who's Who. Johannesburg: The Argus Printing and Publishing Co.. pp 307