Warren Hoffman, brother of Wildetect Dean Hoffman, is fanatical about the industry he chose. He devotes himself to his work and most importantly, exudes passion and has a clear direction. He is currently a student in his fourth year of architectural studies at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). He played a huge role in inspiring Dean to begin studies at Academy of Inventive Design and Technology (IDT) during his times of studying draughting. 

Warren became encouraged to start studying architecture  during his draughting years when he met founder of Wildetecture, Quinton J Damstra. Quinton was Warren's architectural draughting lecturer at the time. Warren viewed him as a major mentor as Quinton supported him through his current and past processes through design and architecture with strong encouragement and belief in his abilities as a designer. Quinton approached the brothers with the idea of Wildetecture.

The two brothers joined Quinton on his journey and transformed Wildetecture from concept phase into reality. 

Warren is currently qualified as an architectural technologist and draughtsperson with his current studies leading him to his masters in architecture in the near future. His strong passion has led him to consider studying even further and exploring the fields of interior and industrial design so that he can grow into a fully fledged Wildetect with a vast array of qualifications in the design field in attempt to unite them all into the architectural field of work to create unique architecture that integrates these broad fields of design.

What inspires me is the very existence of space and the vast possibilities the space can become and how this can develop through human intervention and the unique personalities that one can experience through this.
— Warren Hoffman

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Quinton J Damstra, founder of Wildetecture which began in 2008, currently an examiner and moderator for the department of higher education and training while running his own design based drawing office and QJD since 1999. He designs homes, alterations, additions and furniture. He is also highly into art. Quinton is a strong believer that ones portfolio of artistic work is key and speaks higher volumes than anything else. Education is an advantage, but the talent and passion is in your blood. People want to see your work, conceptual sketches and most importantly, the end result. 

Wildetecture focusses on creating an artistic identity within an African continent setting. Africa has an energy that is unique and this gives artists the chance to go WILD! Art is a continuous active process of creating end product sketches. Quinton mentioned that it's important to stay focussed and love every moment throughout the process from start to finish. Then theres the question, do artists ever get to the point where they are happy with their work? 

There is a point where every artist asks “why am I doing this?” and it’s the personal answer to this that drives all artists forward into the abyss.
— Quinton J Damstra

Arabella, near Cape Town, where we view two beautiful houses designed by architect, Quinton J Damstra. As the 2 homes are principally holiday homes the main thrust was to create space and luxury with a very tight budget.

"Always growing - Always improving"

Quinton is influenced by the third generation ideas from different continents. So it's not limited to immediate surroundings. It's the idea of global village influence that creates exciting artistic fusion opportunities. Each project is an experiment attempting the unknown. Tomorrows work will be an improvement of todays sketch. 

We are reflectors of our many experiences and each reflection is different because all journey’s are never the same.
— Quinton J Damstra

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Surrounded by the beauty of nature, Dean grew up on a farm just outside Philladelphia. He began building and creating at an early age, whether it be helping his dad with a go cart, or repairing his Honda Chappie. Inspired by nature, particularly birdlife, he took an interest in the weaver's nest - a parametric design that seemed 2D, yet created a unique concave shape. 

Growing up with a creative mind and spirit, he expressed his talent with street art. Struggling with direction, Dean went into Tourism and learnt about different the cultures and the world. This is when he made discoveries of different designs in each culture. 

After completing his Diploma in Tourism, he began working for his family business in steel manufacturing and design. He learnt fabrication skills and taught himself all the drawing programs, while simultaneously dealing with the business side of things. He then decided to further things and studied a BCom part time. 

After three years Dean wanted to explore even more, and after seeing his brothers work he enrolled at AIDT (Academy of Inventive Design and Technology) for Multidisciplinary draughting. Dean received the highest accolades in graduation and realised that he had found his niche in life. 

Quinton J Damstra, founder of Wildetecture as well as Dean's mentor, approached both Dean and his brother Warren Hoffman to join him on his journey with Wildetecture. At the time, the company was still a concept. They worked a further three years part time. 

During this period, Dean worked at a mining engineering firm, learning about structural design and engineering, processes and the harsh African climate. But his devotion was relentless, and he split his 16 hour day down the middle - engineer by day, and Wildetect by night.

Dean followed his passion in design and architecture and quit his job in engineering. He's never looked back. His work includes furniture design, interiors, product design, art and illustration, shoes, offshore diving equipment, large mine infrastructures and sculptural lighting. Although architecture is his main focus, with such a passion for design, anything can happen! 

Early in 2016 Dean designed an art gallery and event space in Bree Street and later became a partner with the space. Lets take a look at some of Deans highlights of the past three years:

  1. Viking Norse boat collection - A wild concept that got refined into a unique office furniture layout.
  2. Whale Chandelier - A lighting design for a winery on Garden Route
  3. Art Gallery on Bree Street (Upstairs on Bree) - Design and Execution 
  4. Scorpion Lamp - Featured in various publications worldwide. Unique crossover from nature to functional design.
  5. House Bain - House Schutte - Two new architectural homes currently under construction

Dean will be traveling to Berlin to find a crossover, develop the brand and infuse African with European. He plans to learn from their construction techniques too. He will be attending courses in Europe to develop a skill for parametric design and plans to create a strong African presence and pattern into this unique facade design. 

Theres a lot coming up, I’m only beginning to get into the groove now and I’m loving every second!
— Dean Hoffman

Written by Tarryn Hardwicke