Vernacular Architecture Society of South Africa (VASSA)

VASSA is a voluntary organisation that aims to support the study and preservation of vernacular architecture in South Africa. It’s Cape Town based, not for profit, and run by members in their spare time. You don’t have to be an architect to join! Just be interested in your own backyard, and open to exploring things. If you are curious about the built landscape you’ll have fun, and get to know ‘’as much about the Cape Dutch fantastic stuff as the simple things’’ according to James Walton, our founder. Because our name is such a mouthful, we use the acronym ‘VASSA’ fairly interchangeably with ‘Vernacs’.

Preservation Organisation
Western Cape

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