Manifesto

In pursuit of beauty… a single brush stroke should suffice.

a building should be simple; yet provocative and dynamic; a building should be an emotional experience, move you

technology and program guide the process

a building defines the inhabitant’s relationship to the world itself... the way it’s entered, an existential reference

space should embrace TECHNOLOGY, CULTURE, STYLE, NATURE and CONTEXT

space should...

pay homage to the site,

have respect for function,

embrace the natural and man made order,

be harmonious with nature and climate,

pay service to asthetic values

Team

Andre Eksteen - Earthworld Architects

André Eksteen

André, multi-award winning co-director and resident office ‘father’, started the practice with Braam de Villiers in October 2000, following on a successful career both academically and in practice. When he is not travelling up a mountain or biking down a pass, André spends his time suffering from severe OCD when it comes to ensuring that the full potential of every design is achieved and developed to the finest and best possible level of detail – continuously guaranteeing this through his signature hands-on approach. He is constantly pushing the boundaries of what can be imagined, built and made and always makes sure his employees are well fed.

Braam de Villiers

Braam de Villiers

Braam, with his extensive and multi-award winning experience across many fields of architecture, both academically and in practice, is co-director at Earthworld since October 2000, when he started the practice with André Eksteen. Being well travelled and always engaging with people and place, Braam is also the boss when it comes to culture, music and food, the latter usually fresh from his prized vegetable garden. Environmental sustainability is core to his architectural belief system and he keeps us all at Earthworld sharp in terms of our ecological responsibility, historical knowledge and practical know-how.

Arne Gunter

Arné Gunter

Arné, originally from Richards Bay and a Tshwane University of Technology graduate, has built up an impressive architectural portfolio since joining Earthworld in 2012. He is a software dynamo able to bring the most wildly imaginative concepts into reality with his computing skills. Add to this his passion for photography and craft and you’ve got a winning combination.

Danie Steenkamp

Danie Steenkamp

With a design career that found its roots in automobile design at Delft, Danie further cultivated his ambition and broad talent for design by achieving his Masters in Architecture at the Tshwane University of Technology in 2012. A powerhouse in both technical and design ability Danie is also usually the one organizing post-work beers after a hard day’s work.

Kristen Page

Kristen Page

Kristen’s enduring enthusiasm keeps office morale high, even when the midnight oil is burning low. Having developed a well-informed flare & dedication for interior design while studying at Design School South Africa, Kristen can personalise each project in the most spectacular of ways. Her infectious passion could transcend tiling layouts from a simple task into an unfailing passion.

Madelaine Haycock

Madelaine Haycock

Madelaine, a University of Technology Graduate, has been with the Earthworld team for 8 years and has an extensive repertoire of projects behind her name. Hard working, strong willed and diligent, she has mastered the difficult art of dealing with council and regulatory issues and has run a wide range of aspects within the practice with great fastidiousness.

Cynthia Nkosi

Cynthia Nkosi

Cynthia, born and raised in Mamelodi and a former Tshwane University of Technology student, has been with the Earthworld team for 8 years, and has brought a great number of exciting architectural projects to life. She is also known as the resident software and tech wizard and if there’s something you don’t know how to draw, model or illustrate on any given platform, you can bet Cynthia does.

Rudi Botha

Rudie Botha

Rudie graduated Masters from the University of Pretoria in 2012 a multi-award winner, receiving the UP prize for Construction, the runner-up Corobrik Prize as well as the Heritage Prize for his thesis project, which commemorated the centenary of the Union Buildings. He engages with architecture and design fervently and passionately and is interested in the making of things at all scales, always busy drawing, crafting and modelling.

Erika Kleinhans

Erika Kleinhans

Erika, born and raised in the Middelburg platteland, graduated Masters from the University of Pretoria in 2012. This farm girl is however a force to be reckoned with and is known in the office as the resident athlete, competing on various National and International levels as 100m hurdler making us at Earthworld very proud. Besides her physical accomplishments Erika is relied upon heavily at the Earthworld office for her industrious contribution to each project she engages with.

Hendrieka Raubenheimer

Hendrieka Raubenheimer

Hendrieka, a University of Pretoria graduate, completed her Masters degree in Interior Architecture in 2012 and has been part of many beautiful Earthworld Interiors. Her clients rely heavily on her highly skilled input and technical know-how and her incredible sense of colour, texture and proportion. Being the office fashionista she is also very cognisant of fashion and trends and always ensures the most elegant realization of every projects she is involved in.

Nick Randall

Nick Randall

A born & bred Jo’burg ‘Boitjie’, Nick has finally been naturalised to Pretoria’s way of life while completing his Honours at the University of Pretoria. With a love for both architecture & product design, Nick wants to be involved in anything & everything, hence his newly acquired part-time job as the office’s resident handyman.

Simone Maree

Simone Maree

Realising that not even brick & mortar is permanent, Simone has a specific interest in temporary architecture & event space, allowing her to develop an understanding of the importance of personal interactions with space, especially when it can be so ephemeral. Simone completed her undergraduate in interior design at the University of Pretoria, where her eye for sophisticated design was nurtured, can now be seen developing hugely within a plethora of projects.

Kate Barkhuizen

Kate Barkhuizen

Our local jetsetter, Kate has seen most of what Southern Africa has to offer, and finally set her heart on working here at EarthWorld. Having completed her undergraduate at the University of Pretoria, Kate hasn’t given up on learning about everything she can with a voracious thirst for knowledge. If there is anything worth knowing about sanitary ware, all the way through to cylinder locks, Kate is the one to ask.

Adri Smith

Adri Smith

A calm head while the rest of the office is somewhere up in the clouds, Adri keeps our feet planted firmly on the ground, which in itself, is quite an achievement. Expect to find Adri running around the office, making sure everything runs like a well-oiled machine, even when some of us attempt to throw a spanner into the works.

Lizzy Skosana

Lizzy Skosana

The glue that holds the office together, if it weren’t for Lizzy the office would be in a perpetual state of comatose. They say behind every great man is a woman doing the real work, well in Lizzy’s case that saying rings true for an entire office.

Bianca Cameron

Bianca Cameron

Previously head of the Interior team at Earthworld, Bianca was a multi-award winning graduate from the University of Pretoria and was a skilled hand at creating perfectly choreographed interiors which express the spirit of whatever industry, brand and style she was dealing with. Having been involved in a plethora of projects over an array of industries, she has the experience required to gently usher any project from infancy to adulthood. Bianca was also the authority on good food and wine and entertained her adventurous side on the road riding her Harley.