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Swart & Associates Architects

Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria, GP (10.3km from Centurion Central)
One needs passion and energy to promote service excellence in accommodating our clients’ needs and creating good architecture. Our passion for architecture goes back to 1979, with the establishment of Blackie Swart Architects. The continued energy resulted in our team successfully completing a variety of buildings – ranging from individual homes, apartment blocks and housing schemes to hospitals, factories, shopping centres, industrial buildings and recreational projects. Within the architectural energy hub, an association of forward thinkers developed, which resulted into Swart & Associates Architects in 2002. The sustainability of the Architectural association has proven to be very successful, with continued...

Jeremie Malan Architects & Interiors

Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria, GP (10.3km from Centurion Central)
Jeremie Malan Architects & Interiors based in Pretoria, South Africa has been practicing architecture since 1994 with considerable success incorporate, public, retail, office, industrial, hotel and residential architecture including refurbishments and interior design projects. Skilled pro-active management and creative commercial design by Jeremie Malan Architects & Interiors has produced large and medium sized buildings on programme and within budget. Allow Jeremie Malan Architects & Interiors with our architectural knowledge and professionalism to assist you with your next project.

Hofman Architects

Brooklyn, Pretoria, GP (10.9km from Centurion Central)
Hofman Architects was born out of necessity in the recession of 1994. It started as a small Home Office, which has grown over the years to become the full Professional Architectural Practice it is today. The Practice is run by Tony and Marinda Hofman, a husband and wife team. Tony & Marinda specialize in different aspects of the professional service and complement each other perfectly. Hofman Architects provides a personalized hands-on professional service, tailor made to suit the specific requirements of individual clients. Our vision is to provide a positive sustainable impact on the built environment, through appropriate Architecture and...

Arca Unlimited Architects

Brooklyn, Pretoria, GP (10.9km from Centurion Central)
ARCA Unlimited is a multidisciplinary South African design firm. Our expertise includes architecture, interior design, brandspace , object design, project management and procurement services.

Earthworld Architects

Ashlea Gardens, Pretoria, GP (12km from Centurion Central)
In the making of meaningful things… With our world becoming more and more global - virtual and less defined, the need for defining the “Heimat” has become greater than ever. Meaning has become more important than ever. Falling Waters by Frank Lloyd Wright, transcends the physical to become an an icon; to become a “Meaningful Things”. It epitomized progress without being Industrial... A symbol of innovation whilst acknowledging the context without trying to imitate or assimilate. The wordplay is important as the “Industrial” refers to the systemization of technology. Falling Waters defined (at that stage) the difference between Building and...

ARC Architects

Pretoria, GP (13km from Centurion Central)
Pretoria and Cape Town based architects specializing in most forms of the built environment. Focusing on mixed-use, retail, commercial and educational developments. ARC Architects have built up an extensive knowledge base and blended it with exuberance to deliver modern & responsible architecture that exceeds expectation.

Orton Architects

Rietondale, Pretoria, GP (14.5km from Centurion Central)
Orton Architects is a full-service design and architecture firm in Pretoria whose work includes residences, cabins, museums and exhibition design, hospitality projects, mixed-use & commercial design, interior design, landscape design, and places of worship. When we decided to create our own firm, we had very strong ideas about the kind of buildings we wanted to design. We believe that architecture should be rooted to its particular place by using the best local materials and craftsmen. Our vision is to create buildings that are environmentally responsive, authentic, artful, tactile and modern.

Blunt Architects

Lynnwood Ridge, Pretoria, GP (16km from Centurion Central)
Blunt Architects is a young, dynamic Architectural Practice that was established by Pieter Steyn in 2004. The central binding philosophy of the practice strives to perform a unique service in the field of Architecture by finding the structure that welds together buildings, people and nature. Through our creative architectural minds that are accustomed to use 3D design as our main tool for design development, we offer our clients the best visualisation & technical documentation solutions. Blunt Architects is situated in Pretoria and specialises in expert Architectural Design and 3D Visualisation. The practice is currently involved in numerous developments throughout South...

Muller Architecture

Lynnwood Ridge, Pretoria, GP (16km from Centurion Central)
Müller Architecture is a family owned business based in Pretoria East. We provide customised creative solutions to suit each client’s personal requirements. We work closely with all of our clients to ensure complete client satisfaction. We are not just architects,we build dreams. Müller Architecture provides a complete design experience from architecture to interior design.

Olivehill Architects

Murrayfield, Pretoria, GP (17.4km from Centurion Central)
OLIVEHILL Architects are your trusted source for professional architects in Pretoria. Specializing in building designs and plans, our emphasis is on sustainable, modern architecture for residential, commercial and institutional projects. With a conscious approach to the use of energy, our designs minimize the negative impact of environmental factors by building energy efficiency right into our building designs and plans. With an emphasis on modern design integrated with high efficiency materials and alternative energy technologies, our work speaks for itself in both function and form.

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What can an architect help with?

Some of us are lucky enough to have the means of building our own homes to our specific design and requirements, making them unique and ideally suited to our individual lifestyles. Having ideas is one thing, but putting everything together to create a house that not only looks good but works efficiently is a specialised art, incorporating factors such as design style, structural considerations, safety aspects, utilities, temperature control and traffic flow throughout the building, amongst others. This is where an architect’s skills, experience and knowledge are called for. Alternatively, you may have a smaller project, such as maximising space in your existing home by building an extension, upper floor or adding a garage, and an architect will be able to assist you by designing a space which is both functional and fits into the style of the existing building.

What exactly does an architect do?

Architects are the specialists behind every commercial, corporate or residential building, including factories, hospitals, clinics, shopping centres, hotels, religious structures, schools, universities, residential developments, office blocks and private homes. The scope of their abilities extends into every sphere of our lives, including restoration work on old buildings and renovation of existing structures. They are also tasked with the design of extensions and additions to existing buildings. Architects do not just design buildings which serve their purpose on a safe and practical level, but are also responsible for the unique and often innovative style of every structure, be it an individual stand-alone house or a complex which incorporates a number of different designs which form a cohesive and complementary whole. The architect is often responsible, with an interior designer, for the appearance of the interior of the building, choosing and blending colours, furniture, wall and floor tiles, lighting and fixtures as part of the overall design of the space.

Architects are multi-faceted and adaptable

Architects are required to make the best use of the land on which the building is to be erected, and may have to design a house around natural barriers such as rocky slopes, long narrow plots, deeply sloping areas, old or large trees which the homeowner does not want to remove, and restrictions on the height of the building to be erected, for instance, by not being allowed to build a two storey building so as not to obscure the view from other homes. He must also take into account the environmental impact of the building on the immediate area, the initial and ongoing cost estimations and revisions, budgetary control, liaison and project control of the various specialists involved in the construction, and adherence as far as possible to completion dates.

Adherence to building regulations

Architects are not simply artists who have the ability to create unique buildings to fit every client’s vision and requirements, but are highly qualified specialists with exceptional technical and mathematical skills. Any building, be it private, commercial, corporate or public, has to satisfy and comply with the building regulations and planning laws of the province or town in which it is situated, so the architect has to be fully aware of and adhere to such legalities.

Architects design and adapt according to natural elements

On large construction projects and high rise buildings, for instance, the architect has to work with civil or structural engineers to address and resolve technical issues posed by the design, which may, in extreme cases, involve adaptations to the original concept. For example, high-rise buildings have to be able to withstand the impact of extreme weather changes and high winds on the structure.

Buildings which incorporate a great deal of glass in their design have to allow for practical considerations such as outer window cleaning, reflection off the glass which may affect the surrounding areas and buildings and overall impact on controlling the internal temperature of the building.

Project control and diversity are part of the job

An architect does not work in isolation. He forms part of a group of trained and skilled specialists whose input and contribution is vital to the completed project. Even with individual structures such as private homes, the architect works with specialists such as builders, bricklayers, tilers, plumbers, electricians, roofing contractors, carpenters and associated contractors, ensuring that the building work continues on time and within the specified budget. He may also be responsible for working with an interior designer who will style the interior space to complement the general theme of the design. This may form part of the entirety of the project, and helps the client to visualise the finished construction. The client is, of course, the individual who makes the final decision, and it is up to the architect to work closely with the client to achieve the desired outcome.

What formal qualifications does an architect need?

Architects are highly qualified

Architects must have a degree in architecture, which is a five-year education and training degree which exposes students to different types of structures, after which the aspiring architect has to pass the licensure examination, before being able to practice as an architect.

How to find the right architect

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Architects are a specialised sector of the workforce who do not always widely advertise their services in the general media. Some of them will advertise in home catalogues, architectural magazines and digests, the Yellow Pages and through the internet. Sites such as Uptasker are a valuable and informative resource as online reviews can be found immediately. Client testimonials can never be under-estimated, as these will provide you with assurances regarding the scope, innovation and professionalism of the architect, as well as details such as attention to detail, commitment and adherence to the client’s vision, and completing the project on time. Of course, it helps when you have an idea of what you want, but if you need inspiration, provide the architect with pictures from magazines or brochures which appeal to you, explain your thoughts and trust his vision to bring the project to life. Your first choice will probably always be word-of-mouth referrals and testimonials, together with upfront and honest verbal reviews from previous clients, but this is not always possible.

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An architect’s work does not end at his own drawing board or pc, but necessarily involves working with and project-managing other specialists involved in the building work. He will keep track of expenditure and advise you if the work is going over-budget or if there are problems which will prevent timely completion of the job. A contingency factor should be built into any budget, allowing for unplanned delays, non-availability of particular items such as specific tiles or hardware which will then entail a review of costings, re-planning the work schedules of different contractors, and bringing the project to finalisation within an acceptable timescale. An architect has to think on his feet at all times, re-scheduling and amending existing plans and designs when unexpected delays and problems arise.

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Architects are an invaluable asset in the design and layout of individual buildings and complexes, across all sectors of our lives. They enrich our surroundings through innovative and carefully designed buildings which incorporate interest, individuality, functionality, safety and beauty. They have the skills and experience to re-purpose and revitalise both existing and historical buildings to either blend them into their surroundings or make them stand out as unique and eye-catching structures which reflect the individuality of their owners. They are the ultimate professionals in design, visualisation and project management. For more tips, see our architect articles.

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