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The HolmJordaan Group has a history of being at the forefront of environmental thinking in South Africa, thanks to its founding members.  Dietrich (Dieter) Holm, who had founded the firm together with his brother Albrecht, undertook several study and research tours to Europe, Scandinavia, Israel and the U.K. after he had completed his studies at the University of Pretoria in 1960.  He worked with Brian Sandrock as project architect on radiochemistry, water purification and reactor buildings. The brothers founded the architectural practice called Holm and Holm Architects in 1962, winning numerous competitions and awards.

Since its founding, the practice has been involved in a number of high profile projects in sustainable architecture, urban design, resources planning and restoration.  Gerrit Jordaan joined the firm in 1981 and became a partner in 1983. He was instrumental in building the firm into an interdisciplinary environmental consultancy, specializing in sustainable architecture, urban design, resources planning and restoration. The firm accordingly developed from a pure architectural firm into a multidisciplinary environmental consultancy.

Reinier Visser joined the Holm Jordaan Group as the Cape Town director in 2000. Since then, he has been involved with numerous architectural, heritage and urban design projects for the City of Cape Town and various public and private clients.

Husband-and-wife team, Morné and Marguerite Pienaar joined the firm in 2007 and became directors in 2011.

During 2015, the practice GWA Studio joined the HolmJordaan Group. GWA Studio specializes in urban design (for which the company won several international accolades), architecture, and housing. Gary White became a director in the same year.

Projects range from small community facilities to large institutional projects. Apart from providing pro-deo projects to communities, Holm Jordaan Group has undergone managed change to ensure an all-inclusive consultancy firm, which will be committed to capacity building and Black Economic Empowerment.

We specialise in

  • Design Excellence, rooted in local contexts, based on in-depth research, pragmatism, vernacular form, climatic devices and the poetics of making meaningful places.
  • Energy-effective architectural design, creative recycling of buildings, urban design, environmental management and alternative energy planning and research;
  • Infrastructure
  • Managerial skills
  • Resources, and
  • Motivation to undertake all projects with enthusiasm, fully employing the confidence placed in us by our clients.

Currently the firm has various offices, namely Cape Town, Rustenburg and Pretoria – Nigeria and even an office in Germany. The firm is expanding to various centres providing environmental consultancy services throughout South Africa and Africa.  The company has won a number of national and international design competitions since 1961.