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About Us

About Us

 

Africa Consulting Architects was established by Jannie Laubscher in 1993. The firm is a vibrant studio driven by a talented team, in which multifaceted members work together to ensure that top-quality designs and construction solutions are delivered. As part of its continuous learning process, the ACA team stays on top of the latest innovations in areas such as Heritage, Architectural Technology, Logistics Service, Property Development, Mediation, Energy Efficiency Modelling, NHBRC enrolment, and BIM technology, among others.

ACA has successfully collaborated with leading national and international companies, like-minded architects, engineers and various construction industry-related professionals. As a highly skilled boutique firm, ACA has been able to adapt to the rapid changes in modern life and puts us at the forefront of the industry.

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Africa Consulting Architects strives for excellence in our profession, to protect the environment against unsound architectural practices and to deliver services to the public with due care, skill, diligence and integrity, applying all relevant knowledge in the process.

We are committed to regular professional development activities to ensure we keep up to date with developments in the practice of architecture and to enhance and maintain our professional expertise and competence.

We are greared to provide complete, standard, partial, additional or special services:

Stage 1: Inception

    • a) Receive, appraise and report on the client's requirements with regard to the client's brief;
    • b) Determine the site and rights and constraints;
    • c) Determine budgetary constraints;
    • d) Determine the need for consultants;
    • e) Determine indicative project timelines;
    • f) Determine methods of contracting;
    • and g) whether other statutory authority applications are required or desirable.

Stage 2: Concept and Viability (concept design)

    • a) Prepare an initial design concept and advise on: i the intended space provisions and planning relationships; ii proposed materials and intended building services; and iii the technical and functional characteristics of the design.
    • b) Check for conformity of the concept with the rights to the use of the land.
    • c) Consult with local and statutory authorities.
    • d) Review the anticipated costs of the project.
    • e) Review the project programme.

Stage 3: Design Development

    • a) Develop all aspects of the design from concept to full development including, but not limited to, construction systems, materials, fittings, and finishes selections;
    • b) Review the programme and budget with the client, principal consultant or other consultants;
    • c) Coordinate other consultant's designs into building design;
    • d) Prepare design development drawings including drafting technical details and material specifications;
    • e) Discuss and agree on the building plan application and approval requirements with the local authority;

Stage 4: Documentation and Procurement

  • Stage 4.1 :

    • a) Prepare documentation required for local authority building plan application submission;
    • b) Co-ordinate technical documentation with the consultants and complete primary co-ordination sufficient to support building plan submission;
    • c) Review the costing and programme with the consultants;
    • d) Obtain the client's authority, and submit documents for approval at the local authority.

  • Stage 4.2 :

    • a) Prepare specifications for the works;
    • b) Complete technical documentation sufficient for tender;
    • c) Obtain offers for the execution of the works;
    • d) Evaluate offers, and recommend a successful tenderer for appointment;
    • e) Prepare the contract documentation and arrange the signing of the building contract by the client and the successful tenderer;
    • f) Complete all remaining technical and construction documentation and coordinate same with the consultants;

Stage 5: Construction

    • a) Administer the building contract;
    • b) Give possession of the site to the contractor;
    • c) Issue construction documentation;
    • d) Review sub-contractor designs, shop drawings and documentation for conformity of design intent;
    • e) Inspect the works for conformity with the contract documentation and acceptable quality in terms of industry standards;
    • f) Administer and perform the duties and obligations assigned to the principal agent in the building contract;
    • g) Manage the completion process of the project;
    • h) Assist the client to obtain the required documentation necessary for the client to obtain the occupation certificate.

Stage 6: Close-out

    • a) Facilitate the project close-out including the collation of the necessary documentation to effect completion, handover and operational manual of the project.
    • b) When the contractor's obligations with respect to the building contract have been fulfilled, the architectural professional shall issue the certificates related to the contract completion.
    • c) Provide the client with construction record documentation and the relevant technical and contractual undertakings by the contractor and sub-contractors.

Additional Services

 

The following non-exhaustive services are additional to the standard service and qualify for additional fees and these services may be added individually or in varying combinations.

Special design services

    • a) Master planning — defining and planning the layout of future development of buildings and/or services on the same site;
    • b) Interior design — the design of interiors and the selection of furnishings, fixtures and special finishes;
    • c) Specialized equipment lay-out and consequential coordination requirements;
    • d) Liaison with special designers and specialist consultants
    • e) Purpose-made items: the design and documentation of purpose made items;
    • f) Promotional material, art work and immersive digital experiences, participation in the preparation of promotional material;

Special management services

    • a) Elaboration of architectural professionals' services including inter alia:
    • i. the preparation of broad project parameters;
    • ii. project scope statements;
    • iii. project milestones;
    • iv. tender enquiry documentation;
    • v. contractor and supplier selection;
    • vi. adjudication and tender awards;
    • vii. progress status monitoring;
    • viii. quality management over and above the industry norms
    • ix. payment processing an
    • x. final account close-outs
    • b) Cost and valuation services: participation in the administration of costs and payments where a quantity surveyor has not been appointed.
    • c) Special inspections: more intensive inspections and assessment of the works than the norm for assessing compliance with specifications and design intent.

Special studies

    • a) Preparation of the client's brief — assist the client in the preparation of his requirements with regard to the purpose, scope, use and operation of the project;
    • b) Site selection —research the suitability and location of a site for a proposed project;
    • c) Feasibility studies — participation in technical and/or economic feasibility studies;
    • d) As built measured survey- required for verification of portions of construction undertaken during the work;

Special Submissions to Statutory Authorities

    • a) Heritage.

Work on existing premises

    • a) Surveys and inspections — inspect, survey, measure and prepare documentation of existing premises, with other consultants as needed;
    • b) Restorations and renovations — services in connection with work on existing buildings;
    • c) Heritage sites — services in connection with work on heritage buildings, structures and sites;
    • d) Services in connection with demolition permits of existing buildings and structures.

Other services

    • a) Participation in litigation and dispute resolution (where a concurrent service is provided;

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