Architect & Heritage Practitioner

Based in Cape Town, South Africa



Dr-Ing. (Hannover, now Leibniz University)

Thesis topic: Architecture of the German South West Africa / Namibia, 1884-1914 (Published:  Baukunst in Südwestafrika 1884-1914. Windhoek: Namibia Scientific Society, 1981)


M.Sc. (Environmental Conservation) Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh).
Dissertation topic: An investigation into the present system of listing buildings in Great Britain.

B.Arch. (Natal, now University of KwaZulu-Natal)

Professional association membership

Association of Professional Heritage Practitioners:

Prof Walter Peters uniquely rose through all ranks at his alma mater Natal/UKZN from Lecturer to Senior Professor before being appointed Professor at the University of the Free State (UFS), 2010-2016. He is an emeritus Professor of UKZN and a Research Fellow of UFS.

Editor of the tri-annual Journal of the KwaZulu-Natal Institute for Architecture,  1982-2022.

Recipient of the Writers and Critics Award (1989) and Medal of Distinction (2005) of the SA Institute of Architects.

Walter Peters was Sophia Gray Laureate in 2009 and chose for as the topic ‘More ways of being an architect’.

The KZN Institute for Architecture conferred on Prof Peters a Scroll of Honour in 2011 and Honorary Life Membership in 2014.

He now dedicates his time and passion in researching architectural history and consulting in heritage conservation.

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