About
Urban Habitat

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Urban Habitat Architects offers clients a turnkey solution comprising architectural design, interior design and construction to facilitate coordinated efficiency on projects from concept through to completion. Our diverse studio of professionals, with a unique blend of youth and experience, approaches every project as a unique opportunity to explore, discover and question the built environment. The practice is not restricted by a specific building type, but rather navigates the residential, retail and commercial sectors with a strong focus on design, which produces individual possibilities and thoughtful responses to people, brief and place. We place a strong emphasis on hand drawing as an intuitive tool that develops ideas and generates conceptual thinking, which is then translated through the latest technological means. The end result is a blend of thoroughly explored ideas, which present a warmth and intent to the client, while clearly communicating the technical aspects to the contractor. As the firm has an integrated construction department, we are able to follow through the original ideas and maintain the integrity of the design through to completion, by walking the client through the entire building process. With this much involvement and attention placed on to each project, we often describe it as a project that is designed and built, as if it were our own!

Meet the Team

Jensen Bjørnstad
Jensen Bjørnstad Director/CEO & Studio coordinator MArch (Prof) University of Pretoria Professional Architect (PrArch 20821)
Lionel Maringa
Lionel Maringa Design Compliance NDip Arch University of Johannesburg
Samukelo Maseko
Samukelo Maseko Design Compliance & Site Architect BTech Arch (Management) University of Johannesburg
Stéphane van Rooyen
Stéphane van Rooyen Design Coordinator MArch (Prof) University of Pretoria
Carmen van Staden
Carmen van Staden Design Architect MArch (Prof) University of Free State
Stephanie Ryder
Stephanie Ryder Project Coordinator MTech Arch (Prof) University of Johannesburg BA Interior Design Greenside Design Center