Lucien le Grange

Architects & Urban Planners


Lucien le Grange graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1972. In 1975 he graduated from Rice University in Houston Texas (USA) with a Master or Urban Design degree.


He joined the staff at the University of Cape Town School of Architecture in 1978 and remained there until 2011. He was Director of the School from 2005 until 2010. During his tenure at UCT Lucien taught Design and History and Theory of Architecture at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He also published extensively on various topics, most famously conservation studies on Moravian Mission Stations in South Africa.


He established his practice in the early 1980s. After the change in dispensation in 1994 the practice grew considerably.

From its inception the practice has had an ethos of inclusivity and teaching. Many of Lucien’s students have continued to grow in the office, where teaching, discussion and debate viewed as part of everyday practice.


Every project is approached with care and integrity. The practice is committed to good design that responds to the needs of the environment, the physical and social contexts, the people whom it serves and society at large. 


“We believe that good design needn’t be ostentatious or expensive, and that all of humanity has a right to a life of dignity and joy that good, well considered and informed, sensitive architecture and urban design can provide.”