Our Team

Ben Kotlowitz

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.

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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.

HENK MARAIS

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).

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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.

RIAAN MARAIS

Director

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.

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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 JOUBERT

Professional architect

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.

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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 MARITZ

Architectural draughtsman

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.

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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 VANSCHALKWYK

Professional architect

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.

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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.