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About Us

THE PRACTICE

Afritects has been committed to realising contemporary architecture from an African perspective for over a decade.


A BEE company with a hands-on approach, Afritects takes into account each projects unique context and client brief. By utilising sustainable technologies, Afritects delivers world-class service from the conceptual stages to well beyond the delivery of a building. Afritects’ latest, most iconic project – The Soweto Theatre in South Africa, pays testimony to the architects’ commitment to keep evolving while still connecting to the communities they serve.

The Practice has a versatile team that combines design creativity with meticulous technical detailing. The Afritects Studio is fully wired and equipped to undertake a wide variety of projects. The Afritects Portfolio ranges from commercial and retail developments; health and educational facilities to resorts; institutional facilities and residential developments.

The principal

Laurence ChibweLaurence Chibwe – the principal of Afritects.

With over 20 years of experience, he prefers a hands-on approach and believes practicing architecture should be as much fun as it is serious business. Having lectured briefly at the now Johannesburg University.

He is also a board member and director of the Architects Collective, a non-profit organisation with the mandate to promote architecture and the built environment through cultural means.

BBBEE policy

Afritects is a level 2 BBBEE contributor with a procurement recognition level of 125%.

Our practice embraces a policy that empowers staff from historically disadvantaged groups, by progressively improving their skills through continuous in-house and external training to a point of increased responsibility in our corporate affairs.

Social Responsibility

Afritects and Odyssey Architects are collaborating to assist in completing a school hall for the Greenfields Primary school in Thokoza. Talk Radio 702 has taken up the call by Nelson Mandela to celebrate his legacy by offering 67 minutes of community service on his birthday, 18 July and beyond.

This year, each presenter adopted a school in need and visited the school to establish specific requirements and areas where individuals, groups or companies can assist. It forms part of the LEAD SA Mandela Day schools project which Primedia Broadcasting and the Independent Group of Newspapers are spearheading.

John Robbie adopted Greenfields Primary School in Thokoza where our team is assisting with the completion of the School Hall. The school started construction of a multipurpose School hall, but this stalled due to lack of funds. They only managed to construct the foundation and roof. We will continue to update with progress as the project continues.

Affiliations

Green Business Council
GAUTENG INSTITUTE FOR ARCHITECTURE
The South African Council for the Architectural Profession
South African Institute of Architects