PROFILE

I am a 39 year old motivated, creative person possessing professional experience in the architecture & interior design, photography and graphic design fields. During my studies and my work experience I have developed into an inquisitive and creative person with a passion for functionality, visual communication, social and environmental improvement.

For the past fifteen years key combinations of these skills have led to a number of successfully completed projects and international publications. I believe that my unique skillset and creative approach make me a highly competitive candidate. As an eager, imaginative and pragmatic person, I can make a positive contribution to your team. 

 

  • 12+ years Architectural Work experience

  • 14+ years sporadic Architectural Photography experience

  • 16+ years occasional Graphic Design roles 

  • Always eager to learn and develop new skills

 

Growing up and spending my childhood on a farm in South Africa I learned to respect and appreciate nature. My love for our natural ecosystem enhanced while living in and exploring Namibia. I wish to contribute by assisting in developing healthy natural living and working environments by utilising my skills in a challenging new role.

In 2007 while studying architecture I developed an interest and passion for architecture photography which has now grown into a part time career.

In 2010 I graduated from Tshwane University of Technology, a leading South African Architecture Faculty with a bachelor's degree in architecture.

I gained in-office experience during my studies and continued employment afterwards at Schnitter and Company Architects until 2013.

At the end of 2014 I received an opportunity to relocate and work in Windhoek, Namibia. For four and a half years I was employed by Marley Tjitjo Architects Inc, a leading Namibian architectural firm where I gained immeasurable experience in all aspects of architecture. Alongside architecture I further developed my graphic design and photography skills when I was also appointed as the firm's Brand Ambassador and Visual Content Creator in 2017.

Since relocating to Belgium in November 2019 I continued to develop my architecture photography part time. I am currently employed at an architecture firm in Ghent on a 4/5 basis where I gain valuable experience and a proper basis for architecture in Belgium.

In the last two and a half years I have been following dutch language classes up to niveau 5. While my dutch can still improve, I have no problem communicating with colleagues or clients.

This portfolio of work aim to show a glimpse of me as a person and to showcase my creative skill set.

New challenges excite me and I execute assignments with care and perseverance.

EDUCATION

2020

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ARCHITECTURE

NARIC-Vlaanderen Degree Accreditation 

Belgium

 

 

2005 to 2010

BACCALAUREUS TECHNOLOGIAE - ARCHITECTURE: PROFESSIONAL

TSHWANE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Pretoria, South Africa

 

 

2011

DIPLOMA OF PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY

THE PHOTOGRAPHY INSTITUTE

Online course

 

2002

CERTIFICATE: BASIC GRAPHIC DESIGN COURSE

KKB DIGITAL MEDIA TRAINING

Randburg, South Africa

SKILLS & EXPERTISE

  • CREATIVE THINKER

  • CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT

  • ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

  • INTERIOR DESIGN

  • TECHNICAL DRAWINGS

  • SITE SUPERVISION

  • PROJECT MANAGEMENT

  • ARCHITECTURE PHOTOGRAPHY

  • NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

  • CORPORATE & BRAND IDENTITY

  • VISUAL CONTENT CREATOR

WORK EXPERIENCE

2007 to present

OWNER AND PHOTOGRAPHER

DVH PHOTOGRAPHY

South Africa, Namibia, Belgium

13 years part time experience capturing built projects for architects. A background in architecture fuels my aim to provide clients with images capturing the concept, detail, spirit and context of each project. A number of these projects have been published in internationally renowned publications which include Domus, ArchDaily, La Biennale di Venezia, Archivio del Moderno and Digest of South African Architecture. A love for nature and the outdoors has lead me to explore nature photography while living in Namibia:

•  Architecture photography.

•  Nature photography.

•  A collection of my images can be viewed on my website www.dvhphoto.com.

2017 to 2019

BRAND AMBASSADOR & VISUAL CONTENT CREATOR

MARLEY TJITJO ARCHITECTS INC.

Windhoek, Namibia

When the firm decided to relocate offices I was appointed solely to redesign and implement the firm’s new corporate identity which included the following: New corporate identity, logo design, website design, architecture photography, company profile magazine, new office interior designs, wall art and office stationary (business cards, letterheads, e-mail signatures, drawing title blocks, etc.):

•  Design and implementation of new corporate identity and website.

•  Design assistance of new office interior.

•  Liaising with printing studios and relevant artists ensuring high standards are achieved.

2014 to 2019

SENIOR ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGIST

MARLEY TJITJO ARCHITECTS INC.

Windhoek, Namibia

A multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary established architecture firm focusing on high-end private

residential, small to large scale residential developments, commercial, institutional and industrial projects:

•  Turnkey projects - from initial client meetings, concept, management up to project delivery.

•  Design and technical documentation of various projects.

•  Project management and site supervision.

•  Leading the project’s professional team.

•  Local authority and estate home owner approvals.

•  General office procedures, administration and filing.

2007 to 2013

SENIOR ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGIST

SCHNITTER & COMPANY ARCHITECTS

Pretoria, South Africa

Small-scale established and motivated architecture and interior firm focusing on high-end residential, commercial, retail and industrial projects.

•  Design development and full technical documentation of projects.

•  Interior and detail design.

•  Co-ordination of engineers and other project team professionals drawings.

•  Site-visits and supervision.

•  Administration, filing, model building, presentations, marketing, consultations, etc. 

SOFTWARE

  • AUTODESK REVIT

  • AUTODESK AUTOCAD

  • GOOGLE SKETCHUP

  • ADOBE PHOTOSHOP

  • ADOBE LIGHTROOM

  • MICROSOFT OFFICE

INTERESTS

  • NATURE

  • PHOTOGRAPHY

  • HIKING

  • MOUNTAIN BIKING

  • TRAVELLING

  • EXPLORING

  • ADVENTURE

LANGUAGES

  • AFRIKAANS

  • ENGLISH

  • DUTCH