Architect & Heritage Practitioner

Based in Cape Town, South Africa

(Leibniz) Hannover University

Dr-Ing. Architectural History

The architecture of the German colony South West Africa / Namibia, 1884-1914

Heriot-Watt University

M.Sc (Environmental Conservation)

Architectural Heritage

University of KwaZulu-Natal




Uniquely rose through all ranks at his alma mater Natal/UKZN from Lecturer to Senior Professor before being appointed Professor at Free State in 2010.

Editor of the tri-annual Journal of the KwaZulu-Natal Institute for Architecture since 1982.

Recipient of the Writers and Critics Award (1989) and Medal of Distinction (2005) of the SA Institute of Architects.

Walter Peters was the Sophia Gray Laureate in 2009 and chose the topic "More Ways of being an Architect".

Prof WH Peters now dedicates his time and passion to Architectural Heritage in the Western Cape

For more information on Prof WH Peters visit:




2019   Peters, W & Raubenheimer, H The architecture of Henk de Bie & Van Wijngaarden in Bloemfontein of the 1960s: Rooted in purpose, time and place. Journal of the South African Institute of Architects, Jan/Feb, pp38-48. (refereed)

2016 Peters, W & Du Preez, J. The idealism of architectural competitions: The case of the Free State Province. New Contree, 76, November, pp213-235. (refereed)


2019 Peters, W Die Planstadt Graaff-Reinet von 1785 im Großen Karoo in Südafrika und die Typologie des Karoohuis.  In: Arbeitskreis für Hausforschung. Die neuen Häuser in den neuen Städten und Dörfern. Neuerungen im Hausbau unter dem Einfluss der Landesherren und ihrer Baumeister zwischen 1650 und 1830. Petersberg: Imhof Verlag (pp 221 - 229).

Peters, Walter. Houses for Pretoria: An Appreciation of the Houses of the 1950s by Hellmut Stauch: in 1998. Architecture of the Transvaal: pp 17



Professional Accomplishments


1972   BArch, Natal (now UKZN).
1974   MSc (Environmental Conservation), Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
(NOTE: The title of this degree has long changed to ‘Architectural’ Conservation, which more precisely reflects the curriculum).
1981   Dr-Ing. (sehr gut ), (now Leibniz) Universität Hannover, Germany.
(The topic of my doctoral thesis was on an aspect of architectural history).
2017   Heritage Resources Management, short course, University of Cape Town.


South African Institute of Architects /Cape Institute for Architecture (No.3590).
SA Council for the Architectural Profession (Regd Pr Arch, No. 2991).
Association of Professional Heritage Practitioners (Accredited Member No. 0047).


1979-81 Kolmanskop Ghost Town Museum, Namibia.
1989-90 Restoration of Goerke Haus (as house museum), Lüderitz, Namibia
(completion of project following death of Edda Schoedder).
1999 Ladysmith Town Hall front (with Pieter van der Westhuizen).


2015- ongoing Refurbishment of Werdmuller Centre Claremont, by architect Roelof Uytenbogaardt, 1969-73.

With MLH Architects, value R900m.

2017-18 Durban City Hall. Heritage consultant for universal access intervention with Architecture Fabrik.

2018 Paarl Mill. Heritage investigation for Pioneer Foods.

2018 Tygerberg Hospital Estate, Parow, by architects Andrews & Niegeman, 1959-76.

Architectural assessment for Perception Planning.

2019 Lot 600, 72 & 74 Bosch Street, Paarl.

Restoration of historic villa and redevelopment of site with architect Francois Malan.

2019 Hopkins Str, Salt River. Total demolition and redevelopment with architects Open City.

2019 44 Lancers Rd, Warwick Triangle, Durban.

Conservation of Oldham Building by D. Calvert McDonald, 1938-9, with Architecture Fabrik.

2019 FNB Adderley Str, Cape Town, by architect Sir Herbert Baker, 1929-33.

Heritage consultant for the recycling with architects Design Workshop.


1975- c79 Member: Conservation committee of Natal Institute of Architects, SAIA-KZN today.
1989-2010 Appointed to Built Environment Committee,
National Monuments Council (Natal Region) / Amafa aKwaZulu-Natali.
2011 Served on Appeals Tribunal, Free State Heritage.
2013 Served on Tribunal of Heritage Western Cape.
2018- Member: Cape Institute for Architecture Heritage Committee.


2006 Amafa aKwaZulu-Natali Heritage Award.
2011 SAIA-KZN Institute for Architecture Scroll of Honour (“respected architectural conservationist”).
September 2019



1. Personal
Name: Walter Hermann Peters; b. Durban, 10 June 1948.
Family: Wife Dale, Digital Librarian (PhD);
Son Thomas b.1986; Daughter Luise b.1990.

2.1 Qualifications: B.Arch, Natal, 1972; M.Sc (Env Conservation), Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh,1974; Dr-Ing (sehr gut), Hannover, 1981. (Scholarships by Simon van der Stel Foundation and DAAD) (Doctoral Thesis: Architecture of Namibia during period of German colonization. Book published in German).
2.2 Professional Membership: South African Institute of Architects/ Cape Institute for Architecture (No. 3590); SA Council for the Architectural Profession (Registered Professional Architect, No. 2991); Association of Professional Heritage Practitioners (Accredited Member).

3.1 Academic Career: Uniquely rose through all ranks from Lecturer (1976) to Senior Professor (2005-08) at University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN); appointed (Special) Professor of Architecture, University of the Free State (UFS), 2010 - 2016.
3.2 Honorary Positions: Appointed emeritus Professor, University of KwaZulu-Natal; Visiting Professor, University of the Witwatersrand, 2010- 12; Senior Research Associate, Centre for Culture, Communication & Media Studies, UKZN, 2010–12. Research Fellow, UFS, 2017- 2019.

4.1 Undergraduate Teaching: Have at various times taught Design, Theory, but especially History of Architecture.
4.2 Honours Teaching: History of Urban Settlements, Architectural & Urban Conservation, Research Methods.
4.3 Graduate Teaching: Regularly supervise and/or examine Design Dissertations.
4.4 Higher degrees by research: Arranged research seminars and doctoral forums; have successfully supervised 6 PhD and 12 M.Arch degrees.
4.5 Special Student Projects on the conservation of historical towns of Southern Africa (all published, funders in parenthesis): 1979 Luderitz, Namibia (CDM); 1987 Rhodes (PG); 1991 Victoria West (PG); 1991 De Bult, Carnarvon (PG); 1995 Wakkerstroom (FNB); 1998 Rhodes Reassessed (NMC); 2000 Wakkerstroom Re Assessed (FNB); 2013 Richmond, Karoo (UFS); Hanover, Karoo (UFS).
4.6 National Student Successes: 1979 Conservation project of Luderitz, Namibia, resulted in the establishment of Luderitz Foundation, a civic organisation; 1987 Study of Rhodes, E. Cape, used as the basis for declaring the whole of the village a Conservation Area in terms of the National Monuments Act, 1969; 1998 De Bult conservation project won for the community the R100,000 SANLAM Prize for Conservation; 2006 3rd Prize in SHiFT Social Housing competition; 2008 First Prize SHiFT competition; 2008 A First Prize in Model Community Library competition.

5.1 Research: C3 rated NRF researcher (2009; 2014).
5.2 Field of Research: The historical constructed environment of South Africa and Namibia.
5.3 Research output: One book authored; one co-authored; 9 edited; contributed 15 chapters to books; 7 professional reports; numerous encyclo paedia entries and articles; 20 full length refereed articles; 127 professional journal issues edited (Journal of SAIA-KZN); and 5 guest-edited (Architecture SA).
5.4 Current research: The updating and translation of my doctorate on the colonial architecture of Namibia.

6.1 Administration and Management of Department/Programmes: Acted and deputised for Head of Department; Served as Programme Director: B.Arch (Adv) 2001-2; Authored the University of Natal two-stage BAS - B.Arch (Adv) degree structure (1994) and UKZN upgrade of latter to M.Arch (2004); Responsible for Higher degrees and research (UFS).
6.2 University involvement: Appointed/elected to UKZN Senate 1995- 2008; Served on UFS Senate and Faculty Higher Degrees Committee; Appointed a UKZN orator; Elected to the Ceremonies and Honorary Degrees Committees, and a founder member of the Environmental Committee.

7.1 Community service: Member Rotary Club of Bloemfontein-Raadzaal 2011-2016, Club-President 2013-14 & 2014 -15; Appointed to Built Environment Committee National Monuments Council (Natal Region) / Amafa aKwaZulu-Natali 1989-2010; Served on Appeals Tribunal, Free State Heritage 2011 and Heritage Western Cape Review Committee 2013.
7.2 Profession: First elected to SAIA KZN regional committee 1981, continuously re-elected -2016; Served as Awards juror/convenor biennially since 1991; Editor SAIA-KZN Journal since 1982; Appointed to Editorial Advisory Committee Architecture SA in 1988 and elected chairman 2011-2015; Appointed Awards juror Free State Institute of Architects 2011 & 2013; Appointed jury member: design competition for the new University of Mpumalanga 2013; Member of SACAP Validation Panel and Heritage Sub-committee.

8.1 Practice: Own Residence, 1989; Wildlife House, 1999; Linden Rd office building, 2001, all Durban; Professional Offices, Westville 2005; Gardens of Remembrance: Hillcrest, 1989 & 2004, Wartburg, 1991, and New Germany 1989; Office building, Pinetown, 2009.

8.2 Conservation consultancies: Kolmanskop Ghost Town Museum, Namibia, 1979-81; Restoration of Goerke Haus, Luderitz, 1989-90; Ladysmith Town Hall 1999; Listing of Buildings of architectural and/or historical interest for NMC/Amafa: Ladysmith 1992; Richmond 1993; Greytown 1994; Howick1995; Old North Coast Road 1996; Old South Coast Road 1997/8; Queensburgh 2010; Werdmuller,  Claremont (with Ashley Lillie 2015- 2016), continuing; Tygerberg 2018; 9 Hopkins Street, Salt River. 2019; FNB Adderley Str, Cape Town, 2019.

9.1 Honours: 1982 Rotary Group Study Exchange with Nebraska & Iowa, USA; 1989 ISAAWriters and Critics Award; 1992 DAAD Re-Invitation to Hannover University, Germany; 1996, 2003 &2005 Fellowships of Society of Architectural Historians; 2004 SAIA Medal of Distinction; 2006 Amafa aKwaZulu-Natali Heritage Award; 2009 Sophia Gray laureate; 2011 KZ-NIA Scroll of Honour; 2014 KZNIA Honorary Life Membership.
9.2 Publications on Walter Peters: 2010 Dardagan, C. Top Honours for dedicated Architect and Editor. The Mercury, 13 January, p8.; 2009 Raman, P. Sophia Gray Memorial Lecture. Erudition on Display. Architecture SA, Nov/Dec, p58; 2009 Johnson, B. From the Chair of the Editorial Committee. KZ-NIA Journal, Issue 3, p1.
9.3 External Examiner at all South African Universities and Auckland, including 5 PhD, 6 M.Arch and 6 M.Phil degrees by research.
9.4 Visiting Lectureships to all SA universities; 2004 Lebanese American University; 2006 Georgia Tech and 2008 Williams College, USA.



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Cape Town, South Africa

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