AJ Scheuble

AJ Scheuble

Associate

Albert-John studied at the Nelson Mandela University, attended the St Lucas School of Arts in Ghent, Belgium, on an exchange programme and has completed various part-time urban design courses at the University of Cape Town. With 18 years’ experience in the industry, he has worked on varied local and international projects across scale, from master planning new city precincts to high-rise residential projects. AJ joined dhk in 2006 and is now an associate. His key focus is on delivery – interpreting the client brief, producing the necessary documentation and guiding the engineering disciplines, whilst keeping a close eye on programme and cost.

Anette Potgieter

Anette Potgieter

Financial Director

Anette has worked as a financial manager in the architectural industry since 1991 and joined dhk in 2001. She became financial director in 2009 and is responsible for the financial management of the company at all of the offices.

Aram Lello

Aram Lello

Associate Director

Aram studied architecture at the University of Venice, Italy. He joined dhk in 2008 and has been based at the Johannesburg office since 2014. He has a wide range of work experience from new build and renovation projects through to large-scale masterplanning and regeneration projects across the commercial, residential, civic and education sectors. He has worked extensively on dhk’s projects in Northern Italy, and more recently on several new projects in Africa and South Africa. Aram is also an established product designer.

Brinley Pritchard

Brinley Pritchard

Associate Director

After graduating from the University of the Free State, Brinley worked in South Africa, Seychelles and Ireland. He joined dhk in 2008 and worked in the Johannesburg office from 2012 to 2015, and is now in the Cape Town studio. Brinley has experience in a wide range of project types, but his specialities include residential apartment buildings, housing and luxury hotel projects, concentrating on design, documentation and site management.

Claudia Mela

Claudia Mela

Associate

Claudia completed her M Arch (Prof) at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2010 and is a member of SACAP. She joined dhk in 2012 bringing her experience in design, masterplanning and advanced knowledge of Revit to the team which has proved valuable in the implementation and development of large-scale mixed-use developments. Claudia has worked on a wide range of projects both locally and internationally from conceptual to completion work stages.

Derick Henstra

Derick Henstra

Executive Chairman

Derick studied building studies at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, and architecture at the University of Cape Town, and founded Derick Henstra Architects in 1983. dhk was established in 1998, to form a multi-disciplinary design studio.

Derick is the executive chairman of dhk, and as design principal together with Peter Fehrsen, he takes an active role in the design development of dhk’s projects across the board. He leads the design review board which examines the architectural projects throughout the company’s Cape Town and Johannesburg studios. His passion lies in the pursuit of good architecture and design with a focus on the urban context, and under his leadership dhk has established a reputation as an innovative design-driven commercial practice.

Fahiema Regal

Fahiema Regal

Associate

Fahiema joined dhk in 2004 as an architectural technologist and has more than 15 years’ experience in the industry. She has been responsible for the detailing, documentation and coordination on a range of projects including hospitality, retail, residential and commercial buildings.

Guy Briggs

Guy Briggs

Director and Head of Urban Design

Guy has been Head of Urban Design at dhk since 2012, and sits on the dhk design review board. He was previously based in London, where he specialised in urban regeneration, development strategy, and master planning. Guy is a member of UDISA and chairperson of its steering committee, as well as the V&A Waterfront Design Review Committee. He is also a member of the Academy of Urbanism and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the UK. He teaches at UCT, has been widely published, and regularly gives public presentations on regeneration, urbanism and sustainability.

Jankel Nieuwoudt

Jankel Nieuwoudt

Associate

Jankel completed his first degree at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. After practicing for two years, he was accepted to the Masters Programme at the University of Pretoria which he completed in 2011. Before joining dhk in 2016, he worked on various prestigious education, commercial, industrial, residential and large-scale masterplanning projects across South Africa and the Middle East. Since joining dhk, his focus has been on concept design, design development and detail design of key commercial projects in and around Cape Town’s CBD.  Jankel’s work is defined by a strong conceptual approach supported by a solid technical base gained from his years working as a technologist.

Selected Works The Rubik | 32 on Kloof
Joe Struwig

Joe Struwig

Associate Director

Joe studied architecture at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and the University Cape Town. He joined dhk in 1999 and is currently based at the Cape Town studio. His extensive experience in the architectural profession has mainly included conceptual design, 3D presentations, graphics, marketing packages and detail design development. His design experience ranges from residential apartments, hotels, large-scale retail to office buildings.

Johan Moolman

Johan Moolman

Associate

Johan studied architecture at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and has more than 30 years’ experience as principal agent and project architect. With an extensive portfolio of work in commercial, retail and residential developments Johan has administered a number of projects under the JBCC contract. He has also worked on several private residential projects in a private capacity. Johan joined dhk in 2017 as an associate bringing a wealth of practical experience to the company.

Selected Works Axis
John De Klerk

John De Klerk

Associate Director

John studied architecture at Wits University and leads the Johannesburg studio. He has extensive architectural experience and is involved in the delivery of large- and small-scale projects including mixed-use and retail developments of significant complexity, and maintaining the highest professional and technical standards. John’s strategic thinking and experience in developing projects from inception through to commissioning, management of multidisciplinary teams and implementation delivers on client’s business objectives. He is experienced in sustainable development and masterplanning related to commercial, leisure and retail projects.

Kevin Stein

Kevin Stein

Associate

Kevin obtained his M Arch (Prof) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. Following this, he gained experience working on large-scale mixed-use and residential projects where he developed strong technical and design skills. Kevin’s current architectural area is high-end bespoke projects with a focus on principal agency and project management. He is highly skilled in Revit, Dynamo, AutoCAD as well as the Adobe Creative Suite, and is a registered member of SACAP.

Selected Works Norval Foundation
Leigh Bishop

Leigh Bishop

Director

Leigh joined dhk as a director in 2019. She studied architecture at the University of Kwazulu-Natal and is a SACAP registered professional architect. Leigh has over 16 years’ experience in the industry and has worked for several prominent firms throughout her career. Before joining dhk, Leigh established her practice Leigh Bishop Architects in Durban and from 2009 to 2018 she managed projects from inception to completion in the healthcare, high-end residential and commercial sectors. Leigh has an immense enthusiasm for architecture, providing considered design solutions with speed and efficiency.

Martin Lardner-Burke

Martin Lardner-Burke

Associate Director

Martin studied architecture at the University of Cape Town before reading an MPhil in Environmental Design in Architecture and completing his RIBA Part 3 at the University of Cambridge. Martin is an associate director at dhk and has worked on a range of projects within the studio including Battery Park and 32 Napier Street. His primary focus for the future is on achieving high quality architectural solutions. Martin has been involved in a number of award-winning projects, both locally and internationally, and is a member of SACAP, SAIA, CIA, ARB and RIBA.

Peter Fehrsen

Peter Fehrsen

Director

Peter studied architecture at the University of Cape Town and was a principal design partner at KCvR Architects before co-founding dhk in 1998. He leads the Johannesburg studio and travels between there and Cape Town. Together with Derick Henstra, he leads the design review board overseeing the design development of the studio’s projects. Peter brings his experience in conceptual design and masterplanning through to detailed design development to dhk’s projects across the board. He has been active in many significant urban renewal and projects in South Africa and abroad, and represents dhk’s projects in Italy.

Peter Stokes

Peter Stokes

Director

Peter graduated from the Canterbury School of Architecture, and gained experience working in the United Kingdom, Germany and South Africa. He joined dhk in 2008 to expand the company’s input in the areas of sustainable architecture, masterplanning, urban design and delivery of sustainable developments. At dhk, he has full responsibility for delivering projects and maintaining the highest professional and technical standards across all stages of the project development process and leads a team working on projects throughout South Africa.

Selected Works Capitec Bank HQ | Axis
Pierre Swanepoel

Pierre Swanepoel

Director

Pierre studied architecture at the University of Cape Town, as well as University College London, UK. Prior to joining dhk in 2008, he worked for several highly respected architectural firms in London. He has extensive involvement in the design and implementation of projects at a wide range of scales and complexities, including residential developments, commercial office buildings, hotels, public buildings, and public spaces as well as master planning. He is familiar with all aspects of sustainable development from the design of individual buildings to larger scale developments.

Renske Haller

Renske Haller

Managing Director

Renske obtained her architectural degree from the University of Cape Town and has worked in South Africa, the UK and the Netherlands where she also gained experience in urban design. She joined dhk in 2006 and was appointed director in 2009. In 2014 Renske took on the role of managing director, and she sits on the dhk design review board. Renske has experience in a range of projects at varying scales and complexities, from spatial development frameworks and masterplanning to individual buildings, public spaces and landscapes. She leads a team working on several private residences, boutique hotels and galleries.

Rezah Parker

Rezah Parker

Associate

Rezah studied architecture at Cape Peninsula University of Technology and has also completed a heritage resource management course at UCT. He joined dhk in 2012 and has more than 11 years’ experience in commercial and residential sectors with a focus on design development, detailing and coordination.

Sarah Patterson

Sarah Patterson

Associate Director

Sarah is a Cape Town-based architect and urban designer who has spent the last 13 years working on urban design and architectural projects in both the public and private sectors. She is an associate director at dhk working within the Urban Design team.

Sarah is interested in the continuing debate on how to make urban environments more equitable and inclusive through the adaptation and refinement of both public and privately-owned spaces. More recently she has focused her energy on the education sector, particularly the spatial implications in designing for shifting pedagogies and the digital teaching environment.

Sarah has participated in public seminars, workshops and conferences around issues of housing, informal settlement upgrading, public infrastructure provision, public engagement, urban density and future learning environments.

Selected Works Parklands College
Steve Peters

Steve Peters

Technical Director

Steve studied architectural technology at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He joined dhk in 2004 following 14 years of experience in the industry. Steve is the technical director of the architectural studio, and leads one of dhk’s teams of architects, working on several large projects both locally and abroad. He has a proven track record in the successful documentation, implementation and delivery of medium and large-scale projects in the commercial, retail, residential and hospitality sectors, and maintains the highest professional and technical standards across all stages of the project development process.

Wardah Razak

Wardah Razak

Associate

Wardah studied architecture at Cape Peninsula University of Technology and has also completed a course in construction management. She joined dhk in 2006 and has been involved in a wide range of construction and building typologies across all stages of the architectural process.