Janine De Waal
Janine is an internationally experienced architect. Working in remote locations is her forte. After having lived + worked in the UK, Namibia, Australia, Zambia and the Bahamas over the last two decades, she’s now often found in her soul home, Southern Africa.
Sixty-one weeks into her architectural education Janine nearly quit her studies. Thank heavens she was assigned to evaluate the finest architect home in South Africa. Gawie Fagan conceived the design for his family home during a flight and drew it on the back of a cigarette box, thereafter he built it as an owner/builder. On the spot Janine realised that she had to continue with her studies. When she walked up the suspended timber staircase, connecting the public spaces to the private bedrooms, she got butterflies… she had never experienced such a beautiful undulating ceiling moulding space and framing views... From that moment onwards she dedicated her life to creating incredible spaces to touch the soul and take the breath away.
With her mom being an art teacher and her dad an avid part-time woodworker and owner/builder, design and creating was a part of everyday life. At the age of ten, Janine opted for woodwork instead of needlework. In later years she dabbled in jewellery design, ceramics and bronze casting, resulting in her built environment designs being complemented by bespoke, handcrafted components.
She believes that your home symbolizes the life you want to be living. Her designs are shelters for your physical body, mind and soul.