graphic artist, architect, nature conservationist
Allan D. Schwarz in 1978
Born as Allan David Schwarz in Johannesburg on 12th September, 1955
Matriculated in Johannesburg with distinctions in Industrial Arts
Completed compulsory military training as a Commissioned Officer
Entered School of Architecture, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Received his first sculpture commission
Studied etching under Giuseppe Cattaneo
Published first 5 graphics - Worked in association with the architect Stan Field
Commissioned to paint sets for Michelangelo and St. Lori adverts
Participated in Group Shows at Goodman Gallery and Lidchi Gallery, Johnnesburg
Studied at the International Academy of Plastic Arts, Salzburg, Austria
Extensive travels through Europe and North America
Gallery 21, Johannesburg – 11th April, 1978 - First solo show
2nd prize in “Today’s Homes for Today’s People” competition in Roodepoort
Participated in group shows at Collectors Gallery, Sandton (“All creatures great and small”) and Gallery 21, Johannesburg (“Treasures of the Year”)
Participated in the “5th International Graphics Biennale”, Frechen (work reproduced in catalogue)
Winner of a Council of Architecture Students Prize for Design, University of the Witwatersrand Winner of the A.S. Furner Prize for Design, University of the Witwatersrand
Awarded Certificate of Merit, University of the Witwatersrand
Founded Graphic Unit, Dept. of Architecture, University of the Witwatersrand
Included in “Contemporaries” Group Show of Transvaal Artists, Gallery International, Cape Town (April/May)
Included in “Winter ‘79” Group Show, Gallery 21 Johannesburg
Work acquired by The Haenggi Foundation, Johannesburg (PELMAMA PERMANENT ART COLLECTION)
Published first portfolio of original lithographs (“Five Frames”) in an edition of 50
Kunst Depot, Vienna, Austria – solo show (“Pictures at an Exhibition”) - October 1979
Works in association with architect Hans J. Schirmacher, Johannesburg
He completed his degree in architecture at Wits, Johannesburg – B. Arch (WRand)
Things Gallery, Johannesburg – solo show (“The Last Colonial Corporate Palm is living in State”) – 13th July, 1981
Included in Republic Festival Art Exhibition 1981 Durban May/June, 1981
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg – solo show (“The Last Colonial Corporate Hotel and the First Beach Pavilion”) – 12th June, 1982
Cassirer Fine Arts, Johannesburg – solo show “Letters and Cards from Home” – June, 1986
University of the Witwatersrand, the Schmerenbeck Educational Centre and the Witwatersrand Technikon (architectural design)
The Star, Johannesburg – 10th April, 1978, ill.
Die Beeld, Johannesburg – 21st April, 1978 - review
The Citizen, Johannesburg – 3rd May, 1978 - review
"Living Arts", Johannesburg - undated cat., ill.
Gallery 21, Johannesburg - exhibition catalogue - 11th to 22nd April, 1978
Republic Festival Art Exhibition 1981 Durban - May/June, 1981, cat. 281/282, ill.
The Star, Johannesburg – 9th July, 1981, ill.
The Citizen, Johannesburg – 18th July, 1981 - review
“Architecture South Africa” – Jan/February 1982
“Habitat/Wine & Good Living” Johannesburg - no 49, 1982 pp 4+5, ill
“Art & Artists of South Africa” (Balkema, 1983) (Berman), p. 518
“Style”, Johannesburg – May 1985, ill.
Die Beeld, Johannesburg – 17th June, 1986 - review
The Star, Johannesburg – 17th June, 1986, ill.
Weekly Mail, Johannesburg – 20th June, 1986, review by Marilyn Martin
Citizen, Johannesburg – 7th July, 1986 - review
Sunday Star, Johannesburg – 7th August, 1988 - review
Durban Art Gallery, Durban
Soon after leaving South Africa, Allan D. Schwarz fundamentally changed directions
Living in Boston, MA USA
Was Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology M.I.T. - While at MIT, Allan designed and taught a course called "Design with Nature"
Founded the Mezimbite Forest Centre, Moçambique
1996 Moved to Moçambique
Extract from this website's article relating to his architectural activities:
Allan Schwarz, South African by birth, is highly decorated in his professional career as an architect. He’s
worked on projects ranging from Harumi Island in Tokyo Bay to the Built Environment Initiative for the Aga
Khan Foundation to Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique to South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan.
His knowledge and skill set are both vast and deeply vertical, with interdisciplinary roles as architect,
designer, artist, tropical forest ecologist, sustainable development consultant and social entrepreneur, all of
which won him a fellowship with the prestigious organization for social entrepreneurs, Ashoka, in 2000.
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