Our History

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

EARLY DAYS FOR SVA...

// Founder of SVA International, Hellmut Stauch, emigrated from Germany
to South Africa in 1935. Stauch opened his own practice
in Pretoria in 1943. He had a major influence in bringing modern
movement principles to South African architecture.

REACHING NEW DIMENSIONS...

// Robin Vorster and Brian Prisgrove join and are central to SVA’s growth and success.
//A Johannesburg office was established, to service two new commissions,
the Netherlands Bank & President Hotel.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT..

// The practice was commissioned to design the major
Green Acres retail project and the Port Elizabeth office was established.
//Construction began on the President (now Protea) Hotel in Sea Point
and the Cape Town office was set up

JOURNEYS INTO AFRICA...

//Expansion into Africa provided valuable experience with projects
across the continent and in Mauritius.

STRATEGIC MOVES...

//A strategic decision was taken to amalgamate all the SVA entities
into a single international company.

A SEASON OF AWARDS...

//  In 1952, Stauch won a competition for the Windhoek Library, Archives
& Museum and then in 1953, the design of low-cost housing which were
modular in plan and easily expandable.

ONWARDS & UPWARDS...

// An amalgamation with the office of Ian Park Ross
and new projects enabled a Durban office to open which
later joined with ‘Piet Bakker Architects’

A NEW DIGITAL AGE...

// With the introduction of CAD, SVA opened a central computer
bureau, in Midrand, where all working drawings in the practice
were done centrally.

GROWTH ABOUNDS...

//Amalgamation with 'Mwamuka O'Malley Moses' (MOM)
//Combined office in Johannesburg for the entire Gauteng
region.

PARTNERING WITH PURPOSE...

//SVA partners with GIBB and transforms into strong majority Black-owned
company with a qualified B-BBEE rating.