University of Pretoria School of Landscape Architecture


On May 27, 1970 Joane PIM and Ann SUTTON drove over to the University of Pretoria to attend a special function at the invitation of the Rector, Prof CH Rautenbach. Here it was announced that a four year graduate course in landscape architecture would be inaugurated the following year. The money for the establishment of this course, which was R100 000 had been put up by Sentrakor, a company which was a member of the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA). Joane Pim in turn was delighted to learn that Mr Bezuidenhout, the chairman of Sentrakor, had been in the audience at Stellenbosch in 1965 when she had first spoken on the need for a university course on landscape architecture. On September 21, 1970 Prof EM Hamman wrote to her saying, "We must thank you sincerely for the interest you have shown in launching this new venture." This was the culmination of her dreams and one of the highlights of her life. In her presidential address to the Institute of Landscape Architects of South Africa (ILASA) on June 26, 1970 she made mention of the new course at the University of Pretoria. There have been many successful graduates who are now employed in government and provincial departments as well as in private practice, Joane and Ann Sutton had requested that the 1972 congress of the IFLA be held in South Africa but this was turned down as South Africa, owing to its Apartheid policies, was one of the nations not approved by UNESCO. Instead the proposal to hold an international symposium was accepted and it took place in Pretoria in 1973. The theme of the two week long symposium was 'Planning for Environmental Conservation.' It was supported by the government and most of the world's foremost landscape architects and planners accepted invitations to present papers, mainly owing to Joane's influence. Among those present were Ian McHARG (USA), Roberto BURLE-MARX (South America), Derek Lovejoy (UK), Dr Werkmeister (Germany) and the then President of IFLA Mr Hubert Owens. (pp. 67-68)