FEAT. is an architectural and urban design firm that specializes in a broad spectrum of innovation that includes all scales and kinds, ranging from small, medium to large architecture projects to heritage consultation to urban scale projects. Formed by award-wining, registered architects Morné and Marguerite Pienaar, the practice is located in Pretoria, Gauteng. Sushma Kara (née Patel), also an award winning architect and professional urban designer, recently joined the team. Since both Sushma and Marguerite also teach at tertiary institutions, the firm is always up-to-date with the newest research and keeps abreast of the latest developments in the field.
We are interested in the contribution of design towards the creation of compact cities, improved energy consumption, economic and social dynamism, market creation, and human development and climate change adaptation. We are also concerned about different scenarios of change in terms of how we live, engage, interact, and survive either as individuals, or as part of a collective within both urban and rural environments.
The name ‘feat’ has a double-meaning. On the one hand it refers to the noun as explained below:
noun: feat; plural noun: feat
an achievement that requires great courage, skill, or strength
On the other hand, it is also short for ‘featuring’, which is usually used when two artists collaborate on the same project, often in the music industry. We collaborate with various amazing artists, architects, technologists, urban designers and researchers so that our clients benefit from an intersection of skills.
While we have done work across Africa, and have completed many projects in rural areas, we are also passionate about our city. Pretoria is the capital city of South Africa, and a dynamic, fast-changing African city. Often-nuanced, the dimensions of the city are ever-changing, where opportunities and juxtapositions abound. It continues to be a place of exploration, a laboratory for ideas for change.