Studio

Approach

dhk Architects is a design-led multidisciplinary studio incorporating architecture, urban design, landscape architecture and interior design. More than 110 people contribute to the success of the company, making dhk one of the largest design practices in Africa. An integrated approach to design coupled with innovative and cost-effective solutions has garnered international recognition and projects spanning four continents.

Since its inception in 1998, dhk has collaborated with some of the most influential developers and clients in South Africa. The company has designed mutliple landmark buildings with an extensive project portfolio covering the full spectrum of the built environment. This includes the city-scale and urban development, individual building and its immediate environment, and the user experience of interior spaces. With an unwavering commitment to design excellence, dhk has earned numerous architecture and design awards and won several international competitions.

A team of passionate industry experts lead the practice. Co-founders Derick Henstra, who is also the executive chairman, and Peter Fehrsen lead the Cape Town and Johannesburg studios. They work alongside dedicated partners Renske Haller, Steve Peters, Anette Potgieter, Peter Stokes, Guy Briggs, Pierre Swanepoel and Leigh Bishop. The partners are, in turn, supported by a strong group of senior associates and associates. Overall, the leadership team is backed by a large workforce spread over two offices who deliver a skilled and professional service. View the full leadership team here.

Above all, dhk is passionate about its people, both those they work for and with. This inspires an honest, driven and energetic approach to design that undoubtedly brings a human element to the spaces dhk creates.

dhk thinkspace specialises solely in commercial interior design. It operates under the same roof as dhk in order to provide shared expertise.