Jaun van Wyk

Jaun van Wyk

Cape Town, ZA



Jaun van Wyk is a young South African architect with a passion for the confluence of architecture, art and fashion. He finished his degree in architecture with Cum Laude from the University of the Free State, South Africa, after which he departed for Paris, France. During this period he worked under the mentorship of renowned French architect Odile Decq, for whom he oversaw a variety of projects included the development and realization of both exhibitions, installations and various other scenographic projects. During these years he worked for various internationally acclaimed architectural practices, galleries and architectural institutions in France, the Netherlands and the USA. Among these include internationally recognised Gallery Polaris, Gallery Oniris, Dus Architects, the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten and the Southern California Institute for Architecture. 

Since June 2013, he has been working with South African based architectural practice Daffonchio and Associates and innovative developers Propertuity, with particular focus on the urban development and transformation of the Maboneng Precinct in downtown Johannesburg. The Maboneng project was developed and exhibited earlier this year at the 14th International Biennale di Venezia, curated by Rem Koolhaas. The project fuelled his passion for the urban landscape and the metamorphosis of the city’s existing space economy, for which he wrote an online article, “Reconfiguring and reconstructing lost urban spaces through means of extrapolation”, that was consecutively used as academic premise for the exhibition ‘Layers of Johannesburg’.

His research interests and passion for architecture and its manifestation in the academic environment has fundamentally been shaped by previous professional experience and his personal manifesto, which finds it grit and inspiration in the desire to undermine and explode tedious positions and notions in the creative field of architecture.



SAOTA, Cape Town, ZA, Architect

Jan 2015 - current

Daffonchio & Associates, Johannesburg, ZA, Architect

Primary Urban Project: Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg, South Africa

The Maboneng Precinct 2.0 - Shifting Urbanism
In a complex Johannesburg setting, Maboneng is the evolving result of a vision toward a shared urban future, through the metamorphosis of the city’s existing space economy.

Maboneng, located on the Eastern fringe of Johannesburg’s inner city, is a tangible example of an urban industrial area in transformation. The creative re-use of predominantly vacant post-industrialised spaces has reshaped the built environment into hybrid architecture. This regeneration has provided an infrastructure for collective encounters, new engagements and an energetic neighbourhood – contributing to a unique, African urban experience in one of the world’s most dynamic cities. Today, Maboneng sits on an international platform of entrepreneurial, creative and cultural production.

Jun 2013 - Jun 2014

DUS Architects, Amsterdam, NL, Architect & Research Assistant

The office builds 'Public Architecture': Design that consciously influences our daily life. This social significance shows at all levels of DUS' work, ranging from large urban strategies to outdoor breakfast designs.

DUS sees archi-tecture as a craftsmanship and combines research and design with a 'hands on' approach and unique use of materials. DUS currently works on a variety of projects that range from art installation, product- and event design to architecture, planning and long-term urban transformation trajectories. The office is based in Amsterdam and is run by the three partners together with a varying team of employees and freelancers. By practicing their credo 'DESIGN by DOING' DUS establishes a dialogue with the community, which results in valuable input for the design process, and brings developer, (future) inhabitants and municipality around one table. In this manner, DUS currently leads big urban projects; such as the design and transformation of 150 communal dwell units in Nieuwegein and in their role as supervisors of the transformation of 2000 homes in Almere Haven. In 2006 this approach, dubbed 'DUS-method', was awarded the RMNO-price by VROM (the Dutch advisory council for research on spatial planning, nature and the environment).

Primary Research Project: Soft Dimensions

ur immediate environment can be perceived as a nest; a physical space which evokes a certain instinctive emotion through means of organization and arrangement. Yet, with human presence and interaction this space evolves into a mental place, a place molded by our daily wants and needs and imprinted with individual thoughts, memories, and dreams.

Up to date the conventional language of notation does not describe the complexity of this dynamic relation, neither the spatial transformation subsequent thereof. These classic drawing tools were made to describe the birth of place, not its life.

Soft Dimensions reapproaches contemporary spatial design by accommodating new thoughts, movement, fluidity and mutability whilst addressing the active relation between space, time, object and the people whom interact with them.

Sep 2012 - Feb 2013

Galerie Polaris, Paris, FR, Gallery Assistant

During the months of Jan till Sept 2012 I have been working part time with Galerie Polaris, owned by Art critic Bernard Utudjian, as they feature a diverse collection of personalities. Some of which include Fashion designer and artist Walter Van Beirendonck, photographer Yto Barrada, and various others, John Casey, Christian Lhopital and Nigel Rolfe just to name a few.

Jan 2012 - Sep 2012

Studio Odile Decq, Paris, FR, Architect

Employed with an International acclaimed architect firm and currently involved in working on a variety of exciting new projects throughout the world..


Projects completed during this time include the MACRO (Museum for Contemporary Art in Rome) in 2010 and the restaurant in Opera Garnier in Paris inaugurated in June 2011.
In 2012, The FRAC (Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain) in Rennes and the GL Events headquarter in Lyon will be completed.


Design and managing the building process for two latest art installations; Anisotropy in SCI Arc, Los Angeles and Beyond Horizon in Gallerie Polaris, Paris.


Valenciennes Sustainable Urban Project, Faisability studies for a high rise in La Défense district with Carlyle Developers, the International School of Riyad in Saudi Arabia, the National Geological Museum in Tangshan, China and a high rise office renovation of the Pullman Bercy Hotel in Paris.


Door handles for varies projects with Vali Vali manufacturers, Art books and furniture for both MACRO Museum for Contemporary Art in Rome) and LYON (GL Events headquarter) in Lyon France.

Jan 2011 - Sep 2012

Galerie Oniris, Rennes, FR, Gallery Assistant

Jun 2012 - Aug 2012

Slee & Co. Architects, Stellenbosch, ZA, Intern

Nov 2009 - Jan 2010

Slee & Co. Architects, Stellenbosch, ZA, Intern

Nov 2008 - Jan 2009


University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, ZA, MArch, MArch

Jan 2013 - current

Amsterdam Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL, MArch, MArch

Sep 2012 - Jan 2013

University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, ZA, BArch, BAS

Jan 2008 - Dec 2011


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