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SMITH, Darrell Bertrand

Born: 1926 01 05
Died: 2014 05 02


BArch 1952 (Witwatersrand)

Darrell Bertrand Smith died in East London on 2 May 2014, aged 88. He studied Architecture at Wits and graduated in 1952, He believed that his designs needed to be integrated with the natural environment using surrounding materials to create beauty. In the 1950s he moved to Salisbury, Rhodesia (Harare, Zimbabwe), where he practised architecture for 26 years. He became a member of the Institute of Southern Rhodesian Architects in 1955. He was elected Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1959. He retired as Chief Architect from the City of Harare in 1981 and moved to Gonubie in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. There he created HABITAT, a community outreach initiative that introduced children to natural eco-living and gardening. He fulfilled his dream of living in a simple stone house, planting indigenous trees and providing a balanced environment for plants, animals and humans. His wife and constant companion, Meike, supported his love of nature and many other interests.

WITSReview July 2014 pp 60

See also the University of the Witwatersrand, Faculty of Architecture, circa 1952 photograph.

List of projects

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Chitubu Beer Garden: pre 1981. Glen Norah, Harare, Zimbabwe - Architect
Chitubu Beer Hall: pre 1981. Glen Norah, Harare, Zimbabwe - Architect
Chiweshe Bar Lounge: pre 1981. Harare, Zimbabwe - Architect
Edith Opperman Maternity Hospital: pre 1973. Harare, Zimbabwe - Architect
Generator Workshop: n.d.. Harare, Zimbabwe - Architect
House Smith - Habitat: 1982. Gonubie, Eastern Cape - Architect
Utsanana Mini Pub: pre 1981. Highfield, Harare, Zimbabwe - Architect
Willowvale Bar Lounge and Beer Garden: 1976. Willowvale, Harare, Zimbabwe - Architect