A life devoted to art, architecture and teaching

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Errol Paul Pieters (5 April, 1951 – 18 April, 2020), was born in Sabie, South Africa. He lived most of his life in Pretoria, where he matriculated at Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool. He then studied architecture at the University of Pretoria and graduated in 1974. Errol and Désirée married in 1978 and they have two children, Saskia and Arno.

Errol pursued a career as a lecturer, which culminated in his position as Head of the Department of Architecture at the Tshwane University of Technology (earlier known as the Pretoria Technikon). A post he filled for almost 20 years. With his colleagues, he built up the school to full accreditation and only retired after conceptualising a dedicated building for the department. Errol was an inscrutable mentor and great artisan in architectural drawing, reasoning and pedagogy, who profoundly impacted the lives of thousands of students.

He retired in 2011 and produced most of what is found in this book during his last years. This book presents a portion of his work and thoughts. Errol will be remembered as a loving husband and father who was further revered by his students and widely admired in the architectural fraternity for his aesthetic and artistic skills.

the book

‘errol, a life devoted to art, architecture and teaching’, is a book that pays tribute to the late Errol Paul Pieters (5 April, 1951 – 18 April, 2020). Since his retirement in 2011, Errol spent most of his time painting, sketching, and writing. This book allows a glimpse into the large drawers full of sketches, and a loft full of paintings, that Errol left behind in his studio. The book also presents some of Errol’s philosophical thoughts and memoirs, on various subjects.

Between the pages, the reader will find Errol’s artistic work, dating back to his school days, architectural drawings from his student days, the designing of private houses, as well as some commercial work, travel sketches, and last, but not least, his many paintings of the bush and the overseas places he visited. Various contributors supplied input and text to enrich the book.

about the authors

Désirée Pieters is the widow of Errol Pieters and curator of the body of work he left behind. Désirée and Errol were married for 42 years and have two children. Désirée holds a degree in History of Art and French from UNISA and an Honours degree in History of Art from the University of Pretoria. Désirée is an avid traveller and is currently the owner and manager of ‘Bed and Breakfast in Hatfield’, Pretoria.

Francine van Tonder is an aspiring academic and researcher. She holds two degrees in Architecture from TUT and a Master’s degree in Business Leadership from UNISA. Francine is currently reading towards a doctoral degree. As a self-proclaimed lifelong student, she lectures at various universities. Francine was one of Errol’s students and later became one of his colleagues.

‘errol, a life devoted to art, architecture and teaching’

is a limited edition of 500 books. 240 mm x 280 mm portrait, 260 pages, hardcover, thread sewn with French fold dust jacket.

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Original price was: R1,050.00.Current price is: R750.00.

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