The page FEAT. represents a selection of work designed and curated by Morné and Marguerite Pienaar in practice over the past 20 years and includes professional/academic work and research outputs. Both were previously directors at the firm HolmJordaan Architects & Urban Designers (now NewUrban).
Morné is a professional and awarded architect and urbanist with 20+ years of experience. Morne started his own architectural practice in 2005. In 2009 the partnership with Marguerite saw the emergence of FEAT. Morne has designed meritorious buildings across typologies, including public, institutional and residential commissions, often complex and large projects. He also loves getting his teeth stuck into Scarpa-esque detailing on small projects and still sees architecture as a material art that constitutes the poetic act of making.
Marguerite is also a registered and awarded architect with almost 20 years of experience in master planning, urban design and public architecture. Over the past decade, she led interdisciplinary teams to design sustainable urban precinct plans, community hubs, campuses, and urban nodes. She developed several urban design frameworks and was team lead for a number of strategic master plans for the Neighbourhood Development Partnership Grant across South Africa. She has also done extensive work in medium-density housing projects – from policy to planning, design and implementation.
As a lecturer, she led interdisciplinary design studios at multiple universities across South Africa, set up internal and external collaborations and facilitated international design studio projects. In addition to reforming and developing integrated and topical curricula, she has been deeply committed to teaching innovation in spatial design thinking, applied design history and theory at CAA accredited universities.
Since one of her primary research interests relates to research-led design practice, she is currently enrolled in a PhD in Architecture with Design, exploring the space between local identities and the future of global urban design practice.