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MARTINSON, William Andrew

Born: 1962 12 04


William MARTINSON is a major contributor to this website, he regularly sends beautiful photographs he has taken of buildings as well as photographs and information he has gleaned from books and other sources.

Academic Qualifications

1987 Graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Thesis title : 'HALALA – An Urban African Music Centre'

1989 Graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a Master of Architecture (Conservation) degree. Main project title : 'Victorian Wooden Verandahs – A Survey of some extant Wooden Verandahs in South Africa'. This Masters degree was funded by a bursary awarded by the (then) National Monuments Council (NMC).

Membership of Professional Bodies

Registered as an Architect with The South African Council for Architects in 1997
Enrolled as a Member of the South African Institute of Architects in 1999

Employment History

1982 Assisted the ISAA with the production of an exhibition on Herbert BAKER.

1985 Fourth year of study working for OSMOND LANGE Architects in East London.

1989 Appointed to the National Monuments Council (NMC) as a Conservation Architect. Duties included the following:
  • Documentation of existing historic buildings, war memorials and graveyards;
  • Design of additions to historic buildings;
  • Compilation of measured drawings, restoration reports and specifications;
  • Calling for tenders, tender adjudication and site supervision;
  • Secretary and chairperson of the (then) Transvaal Plans Committee of the NMC. Responsible for the execution of decisions made by the Committee.
1994 Appointed Acting Regional Manager of the NMC's (then) Transvaal Regional office in Pretoria.

1995 Appointed as Architect : Northern Region as part of the NMC's rationalization in terms of the new Provincial boundaries.

1996 Appointed as a Conservation Architect by FKH Architects.

1997 Appointed by OSMOND LANGE Architects as a senior architect to assist with the preliminary planning of the Melrose Arch project in Johannesburg and other projects.

2011 OSMOND LANGE is conferred an Award for Architecture by the BKIA for a Heritage Impact Assessment written by William MARTINSON of the Nelson Mandela Museum – Bhunga Building in Mthatha for the Department of Public Works. Read citation

2019 29 06 - William married Grace Battiss, granddaughter of Grace and Walter Battiss, in a ceremony held in St John's, Bathurst. A special label was designed for the wine bottles by Dick Latimer.

List of projects

With photographs
With notes

Bus Shelter: 1992. Parktown, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Enoch Sontonga Memorial: 1996. Braamfontein Cemetery, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
House 4 (House Seftel), Seven Houses Project: 2008. Parkview, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Jalamba Clinic: 2011. Tafalehashe, Willowvale, Eastern Cape - Design Architect
Mlungisi Community Commercial Park: 2013. Stutterheim, Eastern Cape - Project Architect
Rifle Brigade Memorial, Berg-en-dal: 1994. eMakhazeni (Belfast), Mpumalanga - Architect
Wits Art Museum (WAM): 2011. Braamfontein, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect

Articles by MARTINSON

MARTINSON, WA. 1992. Beersheba. Cura 1:92 Newsletter of the National Monuments Council in the Orange Free State

MARTINSON, WA & LEGER, JP. 1992. The Newtown Compound: Reconstruction or Restoration?. Wits History Workshop: Myths, Monuments, Museums; New Premises?

MARTINSON, WA & JACKSON, L. 1993. Aburrow and Treeby. Architects of Parktown. The Parktown and Westcliff Heritage Trust

Martinson, W A & Bruwer, J. 20 November 2015. Heritage Scoping Report in respect of the property commonly known as Tlhabane Town Centre, (Portion 2 of Erf 3582, Portion 5 through to portion 8 of Erf 3582, Portion 10 through to portion 13 of Erf 3582 + Remainder of Erf 3582 Tlhabane Unit 1 Township), Rustenburg, North-West Province..

Bruwer, J.J. & Martinson, W.A.. 2012. Heritage Impact Assessment – Solomon Mahlangu Freedom Square, Mamelodi..



Bruwer, Dr Johann J & Martinson, William A . 2008. Heritage Impact Assessment of the proposed Soweto Power Station Development known as Isango @ Orlando Ekhaya. East London / Meyerton: Osmond Lange Architects & Planners / Heritage Resources Management

Martinson, William. 2010. The Bhunga Building Nelson Mandela Museum Mthatha : Proposed Museum Upgrade : Heritage Impact Assessment. East London: Osmond Lange Architects for Impendulo Design Architects

Books citing MARTINSON

South African Institute of Architects. 2014. Awards : South African Institute of Architects. Awards for Excellence, Awards of Merit, Regional Awards for Architecture 2013/2014. Cape Town: Picasso for SAIA. pp 56