SICHEL, Karl HermannBorn: 1886 01 20
Reg No: 662
Year registered: 1937
Trained at the Technical University, Karlsruhe, Munich and Berlin passing the preliminary examination at Karlsruhe and obtaining a diploma in engineering in 1910 in Berlin, Germany. He joined the Prussian Government Service where he was employed from 1910 to 1914 at the Municipal Board of Works, Kassel. In 1916 he passed the State examination for architects, gaining the title of Royal Prussian State Architect (Regievungs-Baumeister). From 1919 until 1925 he was head of a section of the Municipal Board of Works, Kassel, retiring voluntarily in 1925 and entered private practice in Kassel. He came first and fifth in an open competition for a Charitable Institution, Professor Bonatz being the assessor. Among the other competitors were Gropius, Otto Haesler, Hans Poelzig, Professor Schmithenner and Professor Tessenow. Sichel was appointed the permanent architect and technical advisor to the Jewish Congregation in Kassel and was on the Provincial Committee Board for the Jews at Kassel. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the German Society of Architects and Engineers (Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Bauwesen) Kassel; a leading member of the Kassel Branch of the Association of German Architects (Bund Deutscher Architekten/BDA); member of the State Research Society for Economy in Problems of Buildings and Habitations (Reichsforschungs-gesellschaft fur Wirtschaftlichkeit im Bau-und-Wohnungswesen) and of the German Association for Applied Art (Deutscher Werkbund). Sichel came to South Africa in about 1936 and when he registered with the Institute of South African Architects in 1937 was working in the Johannesburg office of KALLENBACH, KENNEDY & FURNER and was still working there in 1959.
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