dhk Architects appoints new partner to leadership team

dhk Architects appoints new partner to leadership team

Experienced architect Martin Lardner-Burke has been appointed as a partner of dhk Architects, bolstering the leadership team as the practice continues to expand its project portfolio locally and abroad. 

Derick Henstra, dhk founding partner and executive chairman, says Lardner-Burke has been an asset since joining the practice, and the leadership team is pleased to welcome him as one of the partners.

“Martin has a broad range of experience both in South Africa and abroad, which has created strong impacts on some of our most successful projects. He has vast knowledge in the field and his attention to detail combine to achieve well-conceived and executed architectural solutions. We’re proud to have him and his valuable insights on the senior leadership team,” says Henstra.

Lardner-Burke joined the multidisciplinary, design-led studio in 2017 as a senior associate. Some of his notable projects in Cape Town include Battery Park, a 12 000m² urban park situated at the V&A Waterfront, and 32 Napier Street which comprises 19 high-end residential apartments. He was also integral in the development of the Old Cape Quarter in the vibrant neighbourhood of De Waterkant where dhk’s Cape Town office is situated.

As the firm’s projects expanded, in 2020 Lardner-Burke relocated to the dhk Johannesburg office in Rosebank, leading the team alongside co-founder and partner Peter Fehrsen. His passion for and expertise in sustainable design and building information modelling (BIM) technology has been invaluable. He is working on current projects such as One Rosebank, a residential development located in one of Joburg’s most desirable commercial, cultural and residential hubs.

Commenting on his appointment, Lardner-Burke says he is looking forward to embarking on a new challenge and offering his knowledge to ensure the firm continues to produce considered architectural, urban and interior design projects.

He notes: “I’m very excited about the challenge ahead, but most of all I’m excited about the Johannesburg office and how we’re growing. I see us building a very solid platform. We’ve got a great team with good energy, and the office is growing from strength to strength.”

Lardner-Burke is a member of the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP), the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA), the Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIfA), the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects. Apart from practising as an architect, he has lectured at Cambridge University and the University of Cape Town.

With Lardner-Burke’s appointment, dhk Architects now has nine partners who are supported by a strong board of directors and various senior associates and associates.