Interview: Johann Böhmer – Urbanist

Introducing urban architect, Johann Böhmer.

Tell us about yourself, who are you, where are you from, and what do you do?
I am a young and aspiring instigator, avid designer and slave to music. I am originally from Johannesburg, South Africa and I now live in Cape Town. I try to spend most of my time being an architect.

What’s your inspiration?
Music has got to be the number one here because it evokes feelings much like architecture does. I find art also really inspiring – Artists such as the late South African painter J.H. Pierneef, Rene Magritte, Gustav Klimt and more recently the photography of David Hockney. Novels by the Japanese author Haruki Murakami are wonderfully imaginative and hugely inspiring.

Oh, and South African landscapes especially the Karoo.

What is art to you?
Anything that exposes the truth.

What does your typical day look like?
Exercise between 6am and 7am followed by making life decisions in the shower. A good breakfast with coffee – contemplating possibilities. After that, who knows anything can happen.

How do you keep motivated?
Exercise and not working actually keeps me motivated. Not like: ”aaah I can’t wait for the weekend to get hammered”, because I work on weekends anyway but taking time to see what is around us – the stunning beauty of nature.

What do you hope to accomplish with your work?
Hope for people.

What, if anything, would you tell your younger self?
Jog on.

Any words of wisdom to aspiring artists who want to pursue a similar career?
Confidence and arrogance is not the same thing.

What are your thoughts on art school?
It is an opportunity of a lifetime.

What’s your dream project?
Design and build Public swimming pools.

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