PIA – Multi-Talented Leader gives back to architecture – Pieter Mathews
Pieter Mathews was born in Lichtenburg Northwest province where he matriculated in 1985 as Head Boy. He obtained his degree in Architecture at the University of Pretoria in 1991, receiving the prestigious Gold Fields of South Africa Scholarship for Architecture. He completed part of his practical training in London, after which he traveled extensively around the globe.
Today he is Principal of Mathews and Associates architects cc based in Pretoria. As Pieter is committed to giving back to his chosen profession, he is currently President of the Pretoria Institute for Architecture (PIA), ex
board member of the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) and is Cool Capital 2014 Biennale convener.
Wide Artistic Involvement
Pieter published two well received books, namely, Detail Housed and
Architexture, edited the PIA Contemporary Capital publication and is
publishing manager for Construction Primer by Hans Wegelin.
Pieter was De Kat magazine’s Architectural editor and assisted from time to time as presenter on De Kat TV. Pieter Mathews has also made more than 20 television appearances on various design programs showcasing Mathews and Associates designs. Other related creative interests include furniture design, product design and graphic design, with commissions received from the Southern Guild foundation, Concrete Growth as well as House & Leisure and Absolute Vodka for designing various pieces.
Sculpture is another of his keen interests and he successfully completed two sculpture courses in 2010 at the Fried Contemporary, followed by an exhibition in 2011 at the Association of Arts Pretoria called Form, Scrap & Order.
The PIA President’s Award was bestowed on him in 2005 followed by the University of Pretoria Department’s Architecture Zero Hour recognition (edition 3) in 2012.
He is also the founding member of MG Design Box (interior design shops), Visual Books (an architectural publishing house) and Cool Capital 2014 Biennale (a citizen driven initiative set with the objective of bringing design into the public domain).
In 2013 Pieter was invited to form part of a UP study group to the USA, organized by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation, where he visited various museums and gallery buildings. These included university museums and galleries, including Yale, Princeton, Rutgers, Penn, NYU and Johns Hopkins.
Mathews and associates cc have received numerous awards and their buildings have been featured in many local and overseas publications with the latest being the prestigious PHAIDON Atlas (electronic) and the Italian Traces of Centuries and Future steps.
Biennales include Sao Paulo Brazil as part of Sharp City, Miami Beach USA 2005 Biennale and the 2012 Venice Biennale (Traces of Centuries & Future Steps).