Jo Noero obtained his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Natal in 1978 (where he was also awarded the Emma Smith Art Scholarship for overseas study). In 1980 he obtained his Master of Philosophy in Architecture, with distinction, from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the United Kingdom. He held a post as a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand from 1982-1995. In 1995 he obtained an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Brighton in the United Kingdom.
He was appointed as the Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture at Washington University, St. Louis, M.O., U.S.A. and was the Director of Graduate Studies (1996 to 2001).
He obtained the Professor Alexander Petrie Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts and Humanities by the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa, in 1997 and was made an Alumnus of the Salzburg Seminar (from 1998 onwards).
In 2000, the University of Cape Town appointed Jo Noero as Professor of Architecture where he also held the post as Director of the School of Architecture and Planning, University of Cape Town, South Africa from 2000 to 2005.
Jo Noero was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (May 2000) and as a Fellow of the Academy of the Science of South Africa (May 2001). In the spring of 2004 Jo Noero was invited as the Pietro Belluschi Distinguished Visiting Professor in Architectural Design to the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA. In January 2006 he was elected as an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Jo Noero started his private practice - Jo Noero Architects - in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1984. The practice then became Noero Wolff Architects and move to practice from Cape Town in 1999.
Together, Jo Noero's practices have completed over 200 buildings which range in scale and complexity from single individual houses to large museums and other institutional buildings such as law courts and schools. Jo Noero Architects and Noero Wolff Architects have won a number of architectural competitions, including first prize in an open architectural competition for the design of the Museum of Apartheid in Red Location, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. This work has also been published in a number of books.
Numerous projects and built work have been published in a number of journals including the Architectural Review, R.I.B.A. Journal, The Union of International Architects Journal, The Architectural Record, Harvard Design Review, Space and Society, Architectural Association Files and in the Swedish and Norwegian Association of Architects Journals.
Jo Noero has received international and national awards for architectural design including the Lubetkin Prize from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2006 (for Red Location Museum as best building designed in the world outside of the UK), an RIBA International Award in 2006, the Dedalo Minosse Premio Internazionale in 2005/2006 Award, the Ruth and Ralph Erskine Prize from the Nordic Association of Architects in 1993, 16 South African Institute of Architects Awards of Merit for Outstanding Design, 8 South African Architecture Project Awards and two Awards of Excellence from the Institute of South African Architects for the Soweto Careers Centre in 1994 and the Red Location Museum of Struggle in 2008.
The work of Jo Noero has been exhibited at the Architectural Association in London, University of Michigan and Washington University in the United States of America, Netherlands Architecture Institute in Holland, University of Trondheim in Norway, the Sao Paolo Biennale, the Venice Biennale, the Singapore Architecture Biennale and the Swedish Museum of Architecture in Stockholm, Museum of Modern Art in New York as well as in many venues in South Africa.
Jo Noero has lectured on his work and taught in the United Kingdom, Portugal, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, United States of America, Peru, Columbia, Argentina, Hungary, Switzerland, Australia, Singapore, Mozambique, Botswana and Namibia.
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