Daniel van der Merwe graduated in architecture from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1988. He was a senior lecturer at the University of Johannesburg. Van der Merwe was at the Cement and Concrete Institute from 2008 until May 2013 heading the architectural concrete focus area. He joined PPC in May 2013 as an architect and is part of the specialist technical marketing and innovation division.
He is the chief curator of the PPC Imaginarium, one of South Africa's largest art and design support platforms. He co-initiated the national ArchitectureZA initiative in 2010, and has participated as convener of the annual architectural conferences since. Van der Merwe served on the SAIA (SA Institute of Architects) board and its mancom as convenor: marketing. He is the immediate past president of GIfA and serves currently as secretary on its mancom.
"Necessity is not the mother of invention. It more often happens that the acquirement of knowledge of the previously unknown properties of a material suggests its trial for some new use." - Willis R. Whitney