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RICS 150

18 SEP. 2018

Jack Butt FRICS: University of Cape Town

Jack Butt was an accomplished built environment professional. Beginning his career in the United Kingdom and subsequently moving to South Africa in 1948.

Jack Butt trained as a quantity surveyor in the 1920s. During the 1930s Jack spent 9 years with Y.L. Lovell & sons in London, where he was responsible for the preparation of bills of quantities and the valuation of final accounts. In 1936 Jack moved to Fulham Borough Council where he held the post of Quantity Surveying Assistant, Chief Assistant and Deputy Surveyor. Jack moved to Marylebone Council in 1947 and then emigrated to South Africa in 1948 when he took up the post of Quantity Surveyor with the South African Railway based in Johannesburg.

Jack began his teaching career on a partime basis in 1935 at West Ham Technical College. During World War II Jack was approached by the Ellis School of Building to compile correspondence courses, as many standard built environment text books had been destroyed by fires resulting from the blitz bombing of London. He taught at the Ellis School between 1942-1945.

Jack began is lecturing career at the University of Cape Town in 1951. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Department of Construction Economics and Management at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The department currently provides five degrees that are RICS accredited. As its former head of department Jack Butt was the first head that was RICS qualified.

This was the first step in establishing a relationship with the RICS, thus resulting in numerous graduates gaining RICS accredited degrees and continuing to professional membership. Many graduates from UCT have gained employment in differing international built environment markets because of their RICS accredited degree.

While impossible to accurately quantify, it is estimated that many UCT graduates that have gained professional RICS membership have been involved in many built environment projects across the world, be it project management, quantity surveying, and residential or corporate real estate.

This makes UCT's contribution to the profession as a result of Jack Butt’s initial link with the RICS pivotal across countless projects.