15 Jul VAN DER MERWE
PRACTICE VAN DER MERWE MISZEWSKI ARCHITECTS (VDDMA) MS. ANJA VAN DER MERWE MISZEWSKI & MR MACIO MISZEWSKI
VAN DER MERWE MISZEWSKI PROJECTS
Van der Merwe Miszewski Architects (Pty) Ltd was founded in 1991 by Anya van der Merwe and Macio Miszewski. VDMMA has completed a wide range of building types, including educational, cultural, commercial, retail, restoration & residential projects – including group housing, apartment buildings and individual residences.
The company has received numerous awards, including SAIA Awards, (South African Institute of Architects, regional and national), SAPOA Awards (South African Property Owners Association), SAISC Awards (South African Institute of Steel Construction), The Fulton Award, as well as various media awards. VDMMA has been recognised internationally, including the prestigious AR+D award hosted by Architectural Review Journal (London) – in ‘recognition of excellence in executed designs’, the World Architecture Award for the Best Building in Africa/Middle East and the Chicago Athenaeum / European Centre for Architecture Award 09 for ‘architectural excellence’.
The Tree House was voted the “Best Building in South Africa” in a public opinion poll hosted by VISI Magazine and CTICC1 was voted Cape Town’s “favourite building” by KFM Radio listeners.
Publications include features in books, journals and periodicals. Publishers include Phaidon, Rizolli, Architectural Review (London), Wallpaper, Casamica, te Neues; Haüser and others. The Nov/Dec 2008 edition of Architecture South Africa focused on the practice and its Sofia Gray Memorial Lecture and Exhibition.
VDMMA is a member of the Green Building Council of South Africa and has been involved in a variety of energy efficient design projects. The practice also continues to contribute to academic life. Directors regularly participate as external examiners or visiting lecturers at a variety of institutions nationally.
A holistic approach addresses all aspects of the project, including interiors and landscaping, from commencement through to completion. The central binding philosophy of the practice concerns a shared dedication to the pursuit of excellence in design – to weld together appropriate design within carefully established financial parameters. The goal is to best interpret the unique requirements of each client, brief and site, through creativity and inventiveness, formally striving towards the creation of an architecture which suggests timeless simplicity and elegance.
Anja van der Merwe Miszewski
Born 7 December 1960 Education 1986: AAGrad dip, London, UK; 1984: Bachelor of Architecture, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape; 1981: Bachelor of architectural studies, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape
Born 17 January 1961 Education 1986: AAdip hons, London, UK; 1983: Bachelor of architectural studies, University of Cape Town, Cape Town Western Cape
Projects featured Highveld House, Gauteng (2008); Tree House, Cape Town, Western Cape (1999)