I trained in Industrial Archaeology at the Ironbridge Institute in England, where I obtained a Masters Degree in 1993; and was awarded a PhD by the University of Cape Town in 2004 for my thesis “Gas and Grain: The Conservation of Networked Industrial Landscapes“.
I have a particular interest in conservation issues and the use of Conservation Plans, am currently the treasurer of TICCIH (The International Committee for Conservation of the Industrial Heritage).
In 2014, South Africa’s leading newspaper described me as a “lover of dirty, smelly and unsightly architecture“. Not quite how I would have put it myself, but I guess they do have a point. However, I have been championing the retention and reuse of Cape Town’s Table Bay Harbour grain elevator since 1994, and am proud that it is now being transformed by Heatherwick Studio into the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, due to open in September 2017.
Gas and Grain: The Conservation of Networked Industrial Landscapes”
Abstract of PhD thesis in the Department of Archaeology, University of Cape Town (June 2004).
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