Founder and Director
Architect Ben Kotlowitz is a founding member and director at KMMA. He graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) and was awarded the David Haddon Prize for Professional Practice. He also attended Harvard Business School to complete the Leading Professional Services Firms program in 2015.
His 30 years of international experience in the design and architecture sector has equipped him to be a driving force for achieving excellence in his field while playing a major role in generating new projects through his many years of successful practise.
For him, architecture is the ultimate synthesis of art and technology, form and function. The ultimate reward as an architect is to see the vision realised and having valued clients both appreciate and enjoy the resultant unique creation.
Founder and Director
Architect Henk Marais is a founding member and director at KMMA. He graduated from the University of the Free State with a Bachelor in Architectural Studies (BAS).
With over two decades of experience in the design and architecture field, he has been an exemplary proponent for excellence in architecture while being a leader and mentor to the KMMA team.
Henk is particularly fascinated with 3D objects and architecture, allowing him to translate into built form the shapes of his imagination. This combined with the opportunity to work with valued clients, consultants, contractors, and suppliers is what drew him into architecture. Sculpting clients’ needs to enhance their lives is extremely rewarding, and he constantly seeks to exceed expectations.
Architect Riaan Marais is a director at KMMA. He graduated from the University of the Free State with a Bachelor in Architectural Studies (BAS). He also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice (RIBA Part 3) at the University of Westminster, London, UK in 2003.
He joined the practice in 2012 after spending 13 years working as an architect in the United Kingdom. Riaan has acquired extensive experience in sustainable design and has completed high-end commercial, residential, retail, mixed-use, education, and leisure projects. Each one of the UK commercial buildings he worked on was accredited BREEAM Excellent whilst the more recent mixed-use projects in South Africa were accredited GBCSA Green Star 4*. His experience ranges from new buildings to remodelling and refurbishment projects for both public and private sector clients with projects being procured through a variety of methods including traditional, design and build, and PFI-PPP. Riaan’s experience of working in both large commercial practices and small design-led practices has given him a thorough understanding of the business of architecture. His pragmatic, analytical approach to finding solutions, coupled with a strong work ethic, has proven to be invaluable when designing and delivering complex projects. His core belief is that change is essential for growth and that flexibility and collaboration bring the best results in life. Thus, the relationship between an architect and his client is crucial – the best buildings are created when a good architect gets to work with a great client.
Marilu is a registered professional architect with 10 years’ experience in the field. She graduated from the University of the Free State with a Bachelor in Architectural Studies and completed her Honors and Masters degrees at the University of Pretoria.
Between her studies she went on a two year working holiday to the UK, where she gained practical architectural experience and traveled extensively throughout Europe. Back in Pretoria, her home town, she was involved with various projects at different stages: residential, community upliftment projects, heritage refurbishments, secondary educational extensions and mixed-use and retail developments.
Marilu joined the KMMA team in January 2018 and has since then extended her knowledge and skill to high-end residential projects and residential developments, focussing on detailed design and technical solutions. Marilu’s main focus is building solid relationships with each role player that is part of the day-to-day process of architecture. It’s her core belief that through clear communication and listening to clients, contractors and consultants, it is possible to deliver great projects on time and in budget.
Apart from practising architecture, she is a keen trail runner and yogi, love’s camping and the outdoors.
Darian, is registered with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession as a professional architectural draughtsman. Darian first joined the team in 2001. He launched his career at KMMA while he was still a student and worked closely with Ben Kotlowitz on a number of residential, small industrial & hospitality projects.
Between 2008 – 2012 Darian spent time in the UK, working for a multi-disciplinary engineering firm, HPF Engineering and in private practice. He re-joined the KMMA team in 2013. Aside from his technical skills, Darian also has extensive knowledge of Municipal planning by-laws, building regulations & approval procedures.
Darian has a keen interest in history and loves to read in his free time.
Leanie is a professional architect with 10 years’ experience in predominantly residential and interior architecture. She worked for Cube Architects in Bloemfontein and Peter Mamacos Architects in Cape Town before joining the KMMA team in 2014. Leanie holds an M.Arch (Prof) degree from the University of the Free State and is registered with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession.
Leanie is detail orientated and passionate about people. Creating beautiful, practical and timeless spaces to dwell in is in large the driving force behind her architectural philosophy. Like most creatives Leanie has an interest in a variety of design related fields.
In 2012, she did a part-time course in Pattern-making & Garment Construction at the Design Academy of Fashion and in her free time you’ll generally find her busy with a painting, sewing or some or other DIY project.
Senior architectural technologist
Taariq is a senior architectural technologist with 5 years of experience in the industry. He started his architectural studies with a Foundation Course in Design in 2011 at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and later graduated with a B-Tech Degree in Architectural Technology from the same institution.
He’s a self-motivated and hard-working individual. During his experience gained in the architectural field, he has acquired the qualities and attributes to thrive in a working environment that promotes hard work, team work and efficiency. This allows him to reach strict deadlines without compromising on high quality work, generated from hand drawn sketches, AutoCad and Revit drawings for projects from design development to construction completion stage. He’s furthermore always up for a new challenge that will help him expand his range of knowledge.
When he’s not practising architecture, he enjoys the great outdoors, following football and spending time with his family.
Marketing and office manager
Lien is a registered IBASA Business Advisor, passionate about growing businesses in the design and food industries. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from HUBrussels and a Masters in Higher Education Studies from the University of the Free State.
She grew up in Belgium, but after graduating from business school in 2012 and spending 6 months in South Africa on an exchange programme, she was inspired to broaden her professional perspective by exploring the vast field that is social sciences in South Africa. Being a continuous learner interested in reconciliation and social justice, she focussed her Masters dissertation on the social transformation process in South African higher education institutions while being employed by the UFS. After living in Bloemfontein for 4 years, she moved to Cape Town and professionally from the public sector into the private sector.
She joined Team KMMA in October 2017 and is responsible for the marketing and branding as well as office management. She believes that as a small design firm, it is important to develop and manage an integral customer relationship management (CRM) system and have a strong digital presence in order to grow in the current business environment.
Associate and professional architect
Marc is a professional architect with over 10 years’ design industry experience. He graduated from the University of Pretoria with M.Arch (Prof) degree and is a registered Professional Architect with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession. In between his studies, Marc joined Paul Brookes Architects in London for a year, during which he gained valuable experience in working with heritage buildings and various other residential projects in the UK.
After completing his studies, he joined GAPP Architects and Urban Designers in Johannesburg. There, he worked primarily as design-lead on various Commercial and Tertiary Education projects in South Africa and Africa.
He joined the KMMA team in 2015 and has been an integral part in the design and construction of various luxury residential projects on the Atlantic Seaboard. He is well versed in alternative construction methods and the detail requirements necessary to deliver high-end residential architecture.
Marc is a firm believer in the power of good design. Architecture should be meaningful, inspirational and functional, but most of all, should improve its surroundings and the way it contributes to the greater urban environment and enhance the quality of lifestyle for its users: Not only in the present but also for future generations. The pursuit of these ideals, forms part of every new project he takes on at KMMA.
Associate and architectural designer
Joshua started off his employment career as a graphic designer. He gravitated towards architecture with both his father and uncle being architects. Joshua acquired his BAS degree from the university of KZN and moved to Cape town in 2007. After working at a SAOTA and SVA he finally found home at KMMA in 2008.
While working for KMMA he soon realized that his previously acquired skills in graphic design proved very useful in the design concept phases of architecture and with a knack for software he naturally moved onto 3d visualisations to present design ideas in a clear and precise way. Joshua is one of the key designers at KMMA and is also involved in managing projects on site.
PARWEEN PARKER WAGLEY
Parween started working for Ben Kotlowitz more than 20 years ago, as his personal assistant. Over the years, she grew together with Ben and the rest of team KMMA. She now manages the firm’s accounts and is likewise involved in the general office administration.
David is a professional architect with 10 years experience in both luxury residential and commercial projects. He graduated in 2012 with a M.Arch (Prof) from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth.
Since graduating, he has worked on projects in Cape Town, Kenya, Spain and London giving him international experience and a multi-cultural perspective within the industry. David aims to design buildings that simply connect people to place and he is driven by the challenge to find new creative solutions that are meaningful. Not only for the present condition, but also for the future, because architecture is for life.