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Gert van der Merwe


Gert was born on 2 June 1989, raised in Windhoek.
He sees himself as an instigator and naturally seeks out opportunities to connect people to make the world a better place.
Professionally this has manifest in a career which has always tended towards academia and research as evident in his ongoing relationship with Prof Joubert, teaching and the establishment of an interdisciplinary design firm which looked to work with marginalized urban communities.
Academically this has manifest in teaching and practice based research /activism. He also worked in the creative sectors in an effort to organise CCI's based on artists rights and the catalytic effect it can have on urban space. 
He has a strong interest in the "commons" whether it is in open source technology, education or public space. 

Education: 2011 BSc Architecture (University of Pretoria)
                    2013 BSc (Hon) Architecture (University of Pretoria)
                    2014 MProf. Architecture (University of Pretoria)

February 2021: Jaco Wasserfall Architects Inc - Architect-in-Training
June 2007 & June 2008: Wasserfall Munting Architects Inc - Internship
February 2011 - November 2011: Ora Joubert Architects - Junior Architectural Technologist
2013 - 2016: Ora Joubert Architects - Junior Architectural Technologist
January 2015 - (Stand in): University of Pretoria - First Year Student Assistant
January 2015 - June 2016: Fieldworks Design Group - Founding partner
June 2016 - 2017: University of Pretoria - Part-time Undergraduate Lecturer
December 2017 - 2020: Tshwane Arts Union - Burning Groove Music - Developing Art Management software
                                         and researching practical challenges.
2019: University of Johannesburg - Tour guide for visiting Academics @ UJ (Part-time)
2019 Second Quarter: University of Pretoria - Part-time Post Graduate Lecturer

2015:  PIA (Pretoria Institute for Architects) - Award of Merit (Overall winner) - Residential Alteration and
                                                                              additions design team

Civic & Academic Participation
June 2013- November 2013 : Informal City exchange Program - Berlin - Johannesburg
June 2014: O.R.A. research discussion with W.U.S.T.L. - Pretoria
August 2014: UIA 2014 Durban Conference - Durban
December 2014 - February 2015: Street Light Schools - Built Computer Labs and Classrooms - Johannesburg
February 2015: Official founding of Fieldworks Design Group
2015: Founding of Asikhulume Ngezindlu - Johannesburg
June 2015: Facilitation of lecture series - Pretoria
July 2015: Street Light Schools - Mandela Day Build - Johannesburg
January - June 2016: Co-curator & Coordinator W.U.S.T.L. - Johannesburg

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