Posted: 12 November 2019
Kate Otten. Homegrown Series # 25. © Fred Swart

Kate Otten
No. 25
South Africa

Alongside Bob van Bebber, there’s probably no keener attendee of this lecture series. We can count on the fingers of one hand the lectures she’s missed. Her own lecture on Thursday 3 August 2017 was delivered without notes and over 150 slides detailing the 300-odd buildings she’s designed or built (or both) in twenty-five years of practice. Her work is deeply tied to place and people, often acting as an important counterweight to the dominant Western aesthetic that so often prevails in South Africa. She’s been published widely and has won numerous awards, both locally and internationally. She’s one of our brightest (and bubbliest) stars!

Interesting Facts:
She’s a trained classical musician.
She loves dogs. Like, really loves dogs. And cats and chickens.
She’s got excellent taste in Chardonnay.
She can garden for days.
She loves pink (and red, purple, blue, turquoise, yellow . . . )
She’s a terror on a building site.
Her staff adore her.

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