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Statement on passing of Mr Choromanski

Tuesday, 30 October 2018   (2 Comments)
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Late architect, Choromanski, was a pioneer and legend in his time

Johannesburg, 29 October 2018.  Award-winning architect, Rodney Choromanski, may have passed on but his vision, ideas and knowledge will continue to influence current and young architects. This is according to the industry body, the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP), which has joined thousands of professionals in the sector and ordinary South Africans in mourning Choromanki’s life.

The 57-year old Choromanski passed away last Wednesday and was laid to rest at his beloved and iconic Umkhumbane Cultural Museum this weekend. The design won him the Africa Architecture award in 2017.

Speaking on behalf of the sector, SACAP President, Mrs Letsabisa Shongwe said:

“The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP), its staff and stakeholders are deeply saddened by the passing of award-winning architect, Rodney Choromanski, whose work and ideas have shaped our landscape.  Choromanski was registered with SACAP on 01 September 1995 as a Professional Architect and he was also affiliated with the South African Institute for Architecture (SAIA), the Kwa-Zulu Natal Institute for Architecture (KZIA) and the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). He played an active role in all these structures, “Mrs Shongwe said.

Choromanski was a dedicated Registered Person who completely adhered to the Council Professional Code of Conduct, Mrs Shongwe said.

“He was a Registered Professional Architect from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) South Africa. Due to his expertise as an architect, he established Choromanski Architects in 1996. His proficiency within the built environment has been valuable in developing skilled, innovative and dynamic designs which led to the success of projects, architectural competitions and earned him awards and professional recognition. His diverse portfolio as a Registered Architect with SACAP has established his recognition both locally and internationally. 

The Council is proud to have been associated with Choromanski as a Registered Professional Architect. In this role as an architect he excelled and his knowledge and vision was invaluable in the architectural profession during his tenure,” Mrs Shongwe added.

Choromanski’s legacy would live on in the City of Durban through his eye-catching designs of iconic structures, including the design of the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Music School, the Durban University of Technology City Campus Restoration, Tourism KZN offices and the Princess Magogo Stadium.

“We join the thousands of his friends, loved ones, and his family in mourning his passing. However, it is also vital that we celebrate the life of an exceptional architectural professional registered with SACAP. The highest tribute to his death is not grieve but be eternally grateful for the time he spent among us,” SACAP President, Mrs Shongwe, said.


The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) is a regulatory and governing body for the architectural profession in South Africa and operates in terms of Section 2 of the Architectural Profession Act No 44 of 2000.  SACAP is directed and managed by Council members who are nominated in terms of Section 3 of the Act. The Council is appointed by the Minister of Public Works (DPW) and serves office for a period of four (4) years. 

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Tawanda D. Chisvo says...
Posted Wednesday, 05 December 2018
May his soul rest in peace. I personally was mentored by him as a student and really appreciate him imparting his knowledge. May His Soul Rest in Peace Tawanda David Chisvo Pr Ach
Peter J. Grimes says...
Posted Friday, 02 November 2018
I have never met him but pass on my condolences to his family and friends. Architecture is a wonderful profession where we are in essence part of a family where there really cannot be opposition as we are all individualistically talented and can only learn from each other. He certainly left his footprints behind for others to follow. He was a true architect .