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TEMPLER, John Arthur

Born: 1928

Architect

SACA:
Reg No: 1889
Year registered: 1958

DipArch 1963 (Pretoria)

Was born in 1928 of parents Comdr. James Templer and Margaret Templer. His early schooling was at Beaudesert Park School in England.

He attended The Prince of Wales School [now Nairobi School], designed in 1925 by Sir Herbert BAKER, Nairobi, Kenya from 1941-1945, first as a resident of Hawke House, then Nicholson House. He recalls these not being the happiest of years, he not being suited to the sporting life for which the school was famed.

After school he worked in the Customs Dept. in Mombasa for just over a year. He then proceeded to the School of Architecture at the University of Pretoria in South Africa receiving a five year diploma in architecture in 1958 and graduating in 1963 with a degree in Architecture and later in City Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand. He practised on his own account in Pretoria for about six years and then worked for the National Building Research unit of the CSIR for about four years. His chief areas of research were housing for the elderly and hospital planning. In 1964 he was appointed as lecturer at the School of Architecture of the University of Natal in Durban for approximately four years. He also practiced there in Partnership with Ronald LEWCOCK and Dennis CLAUDE styled LEWCOCK, TEMPLER & CLAUDE. In 1969 he moved to the United States where he completed an MSc and PhD at Columbia University in New York.

John Templer was appointed Associate Professor and then Regents' Professor of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In 1982, the Institute and Board of Regents approved the doctoral degree programme under his directorship, the first class of three students entering the programme that year.

For the next twenty years he was a professor of architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology before retiring in 1993. He was also assistant Dean for research.

In 1954 he married the well known artist Joan Templer (nee Coetzee) and has two children and five grandchildren.

He has published extensively on architecture including theory, human factors research, and designing for the elderly and disabled, and is also an expert on legal cases involving bodily injury caused by falls.

In 1966 he was a signatory to the broadsheet, CREDO

For a record of publications see –
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All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

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Hockey Stadium, Caledonian Sports Grounds: n.d.. Pretoria West, Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect

Books citing TEMPLER

ISAA. 1959. The Yearbook of the Institute of South African Architects and Chapter of SA Quantity Surveyors 1958-1959 : Die Jaarboek van die Instituut van Suid-Afrikaanse Argitekte en Tak van Suid-Afrikaanse Bourekenaars 1958-1959. Johannesburg: ISAA. pp 97, 192

ISAA. 1969. The Yearbook of the Institute of South African Architects and Chapter of SA Quantity Surveyors 1968-1969 : Die Jaarboek van die Instituut van Suid-Afrikaanse Argitekte en Tak van Suid-Afrikaanse Bourekenaars 1968-1969. Johannesburg: ISAA. pp 101, 183