THE BACKGROUND, ARCHITECTURAL
The research for this thesis would have been incomplete and less accurate without the interviews and assistance of those who had been associated with Hellmut Stauch either as family, friends, acquaintances, students, employees, associates or partners. Thanks are due to them for willingly allowing the holding of tape-recorded interviews and subsequently checking the transcripts of these interviews for accuracy.
The names of the persons formally interviewed are listed in the bibliography at the end of the thesis.
The Harvard system of reference was used.
The thesis deals with Stauch’s childhood background, his youth and early envolvement with sailing, art and architecture in Germany.
The initial belief that he received his architectural training at the Bauhaus was investigated and found to be incorrect. The details of his training at the Ittenschule, his employment by first Forbat and the Peters, and his private practice in Berlin are described.
The circumstance of his move from Berlin to South Africa and his employment by Nunn are discussed. The establishment of his own office in Pretoria, his registration with the Institute of South African Architects and a short-lived partnership with Wepner followed by the establishment of his practice now known as Stauch Vorster, is described.
Stauch’s architectural approach and philosophy are discussed in broad terms.
Illustrations of his work are included chronologically within the text.
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