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We empower ourselves across numerous specialist fields into becoming the industry leaders. By applying our expert knowledge, we lead clients towards creative and viable solutions. By actively exploring new technologies and methods, we are actively leading the change into how we build the future, providing design led answers.

By building relationships in diverse industries, we benefit our clients and unlock project potentials and opportunities. We aim to build careers through empowerment and continuous learning, building sustainable solutions for generations.

We structure our business through continuous process improvements to offer a design process that enables effective life cycle management. This process affords a focused and urposeful design solution for every project by utilising our rich and varied knowledge base to turn fact into wonder.

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We empower ourselves across numerous specialist fields into becoming the industry leaders. By applying our expert knowledge, we lead clients towards creative and viable solutions. By actively exploring new technologies and methods, we are actively leading the change into how we build the future, providing design led answers.

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By building relationships in diverse industries, we benefit our clients and unlock project potentials and opportunities. We aim to build careers through empowerment and continuous learning, building sustainable solutions for generations.

Lead-Build-Design-03

We structure our business through continuous process improvements to offer a design process that enables effective life cycle management. This process affords a focused and urposeful design solution for every project by utilising our rich and varied knowledge base to turn fact into wonder.

Lead-Build-Design-03-2

We empower ourselves across numerous specialist fields into becoming the industry leaders. By applying our expert knowledge, we lead clients towards creative and viable solutions. By actively exploring new technologies and methods, we are actively leading the change into how we build the future, providing design led answers.

Lead Build Design-02

By building relationships in diverse industries, we benefit our clients and unlock project potentials and opportunities. We aim to build careers through empowerment and continuous learning, building sustainable solutions for generations.

Lead-Build-Design-03

We structure our business through continuous process improvements to offer a design process that enables effective life cycle management. This process affords a focused and urposeful design solution for every project by utilising our rich and varied knowledge base to turn fact into wonder.

OUR VISION

To be the preferred architectural practice in Africa, offering an inclusive design led service, while providing creative and viable solutions for our clients.

WHO WE ARE

SVA International was established in 1943 as Stauch and Partners by the well-known and influential Ittenschulle (an offshoot of the Bauhaus) trained architect, Hellmut Stauch. A leading teacher and practitioner in the Pretoria Regionalism movement during the 1940s and ‘50s, Stauch’s output of domestic architecture was prolific. Larger commissions followed, and through projects influenced by Modernism, the Brazilian movement, a strict concern for local conditions, economy of materials and efficient function, Stauch Vorster Architects grew into a leading national practice in main metropolitan centres.

SVA International has seen much change in the nearly eight decades since its inception. With offices in Southern, Western, and Eastern Africa, the practice is engaged in projects throughout the African continent. The offices have gained solid reputations for successfully completing more than a thousand architectural projects during this term, ranging across a spectrum of scale, form and function. Currently the practice has offices in the following cities: Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Lagos, Maputo, Port Louis and Gqeberha. Having successfully negotiated a partnership with GIBB, one of South Africa’s leading black-owned multi-disciplinary engineering companies, in 2014, SVA International (Pty) Ltd became one of the GIBB Group of Companies.

SVA International remains a fully independent architectural practice, now enriched with a level 1 B-BBEE empowerment rating.

SERVICES

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SERVICES

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

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TECHNICAL SUPPORT

QUALITY CONTROL

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QUALITY CONTROL

capacity & capability

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capacity & capability

project management

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project management

SERVICES

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SERVICES

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

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TECHNICAL SUPPORT

QUALITY CONTROL

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QUALITY CONTROL

capacity & capability

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capacity & capability

project management

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project management

our approach to sustainability

SVA International is committed to sustainable design and construction, through an integrated approach involving th full project team. We aim to design low-impact buildings and spaces which provide efficient and comfortable surrounds, reduced energy costs, and increased health and ecological benefits

Our staff includes several reen Buildind Accredited Professionals, who lead the design and construction process. We aim to achieve tangible environmental outcomes approprate to the context that earn Green Star ratings while also appreciating the values of property and income.

SVA ON TRANSFORMATION

SVA International is a majority Black-owned company with a qualified B-BBEE rating. The company aspires to take a leadership role in the transformation of what has been a predominantly male and white dominated industry in South Africa. This means ensuring that the company is a true reflection of the national (and regional) demogrpahic regarding race, gender and cultural diversity.

SVA has an internship and bursary programme administered in partnership with the SA Institute of Black Property Practitioners. It also has a particular focus on identifying promising talent from previously disadvantaged groups. This is coupled with strong mentorship to provide support for development into leadership positions.

services

The practice offers a comprehensive range of services under Urban Design and Architecture. These services include Project Management, Heritage Consultancy, Brief Development, Feasibility Studies and Green Building Construction. We are able to provide design expertise for any scale and type of project, ranging from large urban precincts, through to complex buildings, and small detailed work. The practice is structured on the principle that specialist knowledge and support is readily available from one office to another, ensuring maximum benefit to the client, irrespective of where the project is located. The following categories of building types are relevant:

  • Retail and Shopping Centres
  • Convention Centres
  • Tourism and Leisure (casinos, hotels, motels and lodges)
  • Legislative, Administrative and Civic (all levels)
  • Health Care and Science (all levels)
  • Education (all levels)
  • Housing (high, medium, low density and low income)
  • Recreation and Entertainment (cinemas, stadia and race courses)
  • Recycling, Restoration and Renovation
  • Offices (city and suburban)
  • Corporate and Administration buildings
  • Urban Design and Town Centres
  • Specialist buildings, including:
  • TV/Radio and Communication
  • Transport Terminals
  • Research, Technical and Process
  • Hi-Tech Electronic, Commercial, Distribution and Industrial (buildings, parks)

technical support

Advanced computerised technology is integral to our office environment, ensuring that our projects obtain the maximum skill from each member of staff. This IT support forms the basis of the office production infrastructure and is resourced out to each project.

quality control

The practice operates within the parameters of the SVA International Practice Manual, which was developed in 1970, and has been updated annually to accommodate changes in the industry. This manual circumscribes technical and project management quality and procedures, both in the office and on-site. Regular in-house seminars ensure all offices within the group share current knowledge.

capacity & capability

The practice utilises Autodesk, Revit BIM Software and has as permanent staff members three BIM Managers. In addition to implementing intermediate and expert level upskilling modules for all production staff on an ongoing basis, these managers are responsible for project BIM execution plans and quality assurance of BIM models.

The development and maintenance of Revit standards, templates and user protocols are undertaken on an ongoing basis and result in a highly developed BIM environment.

project management

The design-led approach which characterises the SVA International way of working puts Project Management at its core. Fully integrated into the design and construction process, our Project Management expertise provides assurance of minimum risk and optimum efficiency.

  • Programme Management (Project Time Management)
  • Quality Management
  • Procurement
  • Project Coordination and Administration
  • Technical Input and Support
  • Client Liaison