GREGORY KATZ is an architect and a tutor at the GSA. His studies took him from UCT to Columbia University in New York City, where he received his Masters in Architecture. Greg’s early career was spent working overseas in the offices of Zvi Hecker (Tel Aviv and Berlin) and Studio Daniel Libeskind (Los Angeles) and these experiences had a profound influence on his practice methods. In New York in the late 90s Greg co-founded a small architecture start-up called Omni-Zygo. After 9/11, he headed back to his native Jozi. After a stint working with OMM DWS+US on the Braamfontein Constitutional Court, he founded Gregory Katz Architecture in 2006. In his spare-time he dabbles in jewelry design (he is co-founder of Situ Diamond Jewelry), he parents three children and looks after an errant vegetable patch. He runs his small but vibrant practice from a bespoke duplex studio adjacent to his self-built family home and produces a wide spectrum of work for the corporate, retail, residential, leisure and education sectors. One of the characteristics of Greg’s practice is a desire to use each new project as a laboratory in which to explore the potentials of often quite conventional materials and construction methods, in new and unexpected ways. The premise that architects should and do play a central role in the evolution of how we make our buildings also feeds into the teaching Greg does at the GSA, where research and development are taken to extremes deemed too risky to implement in the built work (for now).
Posted: 11 May 2018 | Author: Hugh Fraser