Heinrich Wolff

Heinrich Wolff is an architect who believes architecture can and should be used as a force for social change, and to address issues of inequality.

Born in South Africa in 1970, Heinrich Wolff studied at the University of Pretoria and the University of Cape Town. From 1998 until 2012 Wolff worked alongside Jo Noero at Noero Wolff Architects. Today, he is in practice with his wife Ilze as Wolff Architects.

The duo’s work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale twice (2006, 2010), the Sao Paolo Biennale twice (2005, 2007) and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2010), among other international venues.

Many of Wolff’s projects have been awarded local and international honours, with the most significant being the Lubetkin Prize from the Royal Institute of British Architects for the best building outside the European Union in 2005/2006.

In 2007 Wolff was awarded the prestigious DaimlerChrysler Award for South African Architecture.

Wolff has taught at universities in South Africa and the USA in the fields of design, theory and technology. He is currently teaching at the University of Cape Town, where his research has focussed on 20th Century architecture in the Third World, innovation in architecture at times of social change, and housing in South Africa.

Wolff also regularly contributes papers to academic conferences and his writing has been published extensively.