Sustainability consultant to Properties + Services, UCT

2008 - 2014 

This ongoing work involves a broad spectrum of environmental sustainability issues that aim to integrate sustainability practice into facilities planning, building development, operations, and maintenance. Development of the UCT Green Campus Action Plan and facilitating the implementation of these priority strategies. Research and compilation of annual Sustainability Reports and Carbon Footprint reports in terms of the GHG Protocol. Engagement on various university forums and with the Green Campus Initiative (GCI) student movement. Contribution to academic programs.

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Lentegeur Psychiatric Hospital, Mitchells Plain, Cape Town

2011 - 2013

The ‘Lentegeur Spring Project’ aims to address a variety of challenges - the need to improve psychological rehabilitation, uplift staff and patient morale, challenge stigma around mental institutions and improve the efficiency of resource use. This would be achieved by transformation of the hospital’s current degraded landscape into a place of beauty; rehabilitation and outreach programmes to enable food gardening, recycling and other initiatives that develop social and environmental skills; and landscaping to provide sanctuary, healing, inspiration, education and recreation to a community ravaged by poverty, addiction and mental illness. While building resilience and self-reliance in the face of climate change, these projects simultaneously provide opportunities for rehabilitation and employment of the mentally and intellectually disabled, as well as for the social and physical regeneration of local communities.

 as for the social and physical regeneration of local communities. Read more ...

Mainstreaming the Environment & Sustainable Development in IDPs

2010-2011

Research, engagement with and support of municipal members in the Eden and West Coast Districts towards mainstreaming environmental and sustainable development issues into their Integrated Development Plans (IDPs), in partnership with the Table Mountain Fund.


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Solar energy facility (10 MW) near Sutherland, Northern Cape

2010 - 2011

An impact assessment for a 10MW solar energy (PV) facility near Sutherland in an area of non-arable, low potential private grazing land, with some remnant areas of high botanical endemism. Specialist studies included biodiversity and visual impacts; heritage impact on Anglo-Boer War sites and archaeological artefacts ­ (scatters of stone artefacts, pre-colonial stone walled structures, fossils). Environmental Authorization received from Department of Environmental Affairs.

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Kerriefontein and Darling Wind Farm, Western Cape

 2010-2011

An Environmental Impact Assessment for a 20MW extension to existing Darling Wind Farm comprising 14-16 turbines of 1.5MW each. Potential impacts on biodiversity, avifauna (birds and bats) and socio-economic opportunities were studied. Environmental Authorization received.


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Touwsrivier Solar Energy Facility, Western Cape

2009-2010

Environmental Impact Assessment for a 50MW Solar Energy Facility using Concentrator Photovoltaic technology (CPV) on degraded farming lands, with some conservation-worthy Renosterveld and Succulent Karoo vegetation. A preliminary assessment informed the site selection process. Key specialist studies included geotechnical, botanical, agricultural potential, social (employment opportunities) and visual impact. A further assessment informed siting of transmission lines. Environmental Authorization was received and the facility is expected to feed electricity into national grid in 2014.

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  • Award for Sustainable Architecture 2012 by Afrisam-South African Institute of Architects
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Elkanah House High School Campus

2004-2008

A new campus development that incorporates sustainable planning, design and operation of facilities and grounds, and through design for flexible, adaptable spaces, serves the surrounding community.

The clusters of buildings create a human-scaled, welcoming environment, providing shelter from the severe climate in protected courtyards. Passive design strategies include optimal orientation, window size/placement; overhangs and deep verandas; and light coloured roofing to reduce heat gain, combined with high performance insulation. Alternative technologies include solar energy and water heating, displacement ventilation and movement sensors for lighting.

A project aimed at the conservation of biodiversity, sustainable utilization of resources and Co-management by local communities, to deal with threats of illegal dumping, poaching, and encroachment by informal settlements, alien vegetation and erosion. 

Project objectives were to provide safe and secure access to the dunes; develop facilities for educational and recreational uses (walking trails and environmental education centre); rehabilitate damaged vegetation and clear alien plants; and to provide training and employment for local communities.

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Macassar Dunes Eco-trail Project                                    2005-2007

Conserving a unique coastal area while ensuring benefits to people

UCT Environmental and Sustainability Consulting
  • South African Institute of Architecture (SAIA) Merit Award 2006
  • Cape Institute of Architecture (CIA) Merit Award 2005

Chemical Engineering Building, University of Cape Town

2000 - 2002

Won in a limited competition, this campus building was an early adopter of green building strategies. These included a facade designed to deal with glare and heat gain while utilising daylight and respecting the heritage context. A central, light-filled Atrium, invites chance encounters to encourage collaboration and thinking across disciplinary boundaries. Laboratory spaces and services maximise adaptability and flexibility and being visible, contribute to the excitement of the architecture.

This active interior space is complemented by the restrained and elegant treatment of the exterior”-Artefacts. Dhk Architects.