COMPANY PROFILE

D&A Architects is a dynamic practice based on experience and youthful dynamism. The D&A practice was established in 1977 as Ivor Daniel Architect. The current practice of D&A Architects, the trading name for Daniel & Associates Architects, was developed over the period since inception, having formed an integral part of Stauch Vorster Architects between 1985 - 2008. The present day practice, balances experience & youthful dynamism, addressing the ethos of practice with a vision based on pragmatic architecture.

The practice has been and is currently involved in a number of strategic projects, drawing on the wide range of experience in architectural project types. These include the full range of activities from Urban Design to Industrial Design, ranging from small-scale residential to large industrial, convention centres, educational facilities, hotels, offices and urban design projects. The practice has published and received recognition for a number of projects in the fields of conservation and architecture.

D&A Architects, has a compliment of talented young architects, forming a small practice as a select design oriented consultancy. The practice is currently being restructured into a proprietary limited company, with shareholding held between the principal and the associate partners within the practice. The practice is currently accredited with BEE level 4 status.

IVOR JOHN DANIEL
Principal

Graduated from University of Natal in 1975. Started practice in 1977, before amalgamation with a national practice as a director responsible for the Durban office and national portfolios of Design & Marketing, with offices in Dubai. In 2008, restarted Daniel & Associates with experience gained over the years in a wide range of projects, providing the practice’s strategic leadership.

Recipient of numerous project awards including the SAIA Award of Excellence & Merit Awards. Served as President of the KZN Institute of Architects, awarded a Scroll of Honour in 2014. Served on SAIA’s Executive & various portfolio committees. A member of various Design Review Board in respect to architecture and urban design management.

Architectural concerns include critical regionalism, sustainability, conservation and environmental appropriateness. Chairman of the Durban Botanic Gardens Trust since 1997 and a member of the Westville Conservancy.

Link to personal bio
http://www.daniel-architects.co.za/bio.html

CLYDE PIILLAY
Associate Partner

Graduated from M.L. Sultan Technical College in 1976. Gaining professional experience in various prominent architectural practices in Pietermaritzburg, Johannesburg and Durban. Technical experience gained in respect to various types of building project categories including residential, commercial, community facilities, industrial and retail centres. Entered own practice in 1999 until joined D&A Architects as an Associate in 2014.

A registered Senior Technologist member of the South African Council for Architectural Profession (SACAP) as well as an Affiliate member of the KwaZulu-Natal Institute of Architects & South African Institute for Architectural Technologists (SAIAT).

Community involvement as Vice Chairman of Tongaat Child Welfare and Chairman of the Ant-Drug Forum in Tongaat. Provided Pro Deo professional services for a number a Hindu Temple Associations and community centres in Durban and Tongaat.

PATRICK SURMON
Professional Associate

Graduated from the University of KwaZulu Natal in 2013. Worked with a prominent Johannesburg practice gaining design & technical experience in commercial, industrial and residential architecture. Project lead for the design and construction of African game lodges in the Greater Kruger National Park. Joined D&A Architects in 2017. Currently completing a Master degree in Architecture, focusing on Urbanism and the impact on Society.

Concerns for Sustainability and environmental issues in respect to contextual, aesthetic and societal response are important architectural concerns. Actively involved in community fitness, with keen interests in adventure sports and South African wildlife.

Spha Dlamini
Technical BIM Consultant

Graduated from Durban University Technology in 2012. Worked with KZN CAD, anarchitectnral application practice, Based on the rapid growth in technical computer generated solutions together with Building Information Modelling, joined TotalCAD Solution Centre (Graphisoft), the Southern African representatives for ArchiCad software, as a CAD training instructor and technologist on industrial, commercial & residential projects.

Developed training programmes for Graphisoft in support of licensed ArchiCad operators, which was aimed at improving the various practice’s workflow strategies. Pilot projects in the implementation of BIM applications were carried out to illustrate the capabilities of the software and assist in software development.

In 2016 founded the independent company, RE ARK (Pty) Ltd. The company provides an ongoing BIM and Implementation consultancy. Consulting to D&A Architects since 2017.