Striking South African Architecture

Practice Profile:

We provide a comprehensive architectural service by meticulously attending to all the architectural requirements involved in a building project. In order to co-ordinate all the conditions that converge on a project’s requirements, we always recommend to clients that the practice is appointed on the basis of a full architectural service as principal architect and principal agent so that the project’s design may be conceived , developed and implemented by ourselves ensuring absolute continuity resulting in the successful realization of the client’s original design brief.

Christian Gottschalk, the principal architect and owner, directs and personally handles all matters relating to the professional architectural services offered. This means that he is fully involved in the entire architectural process of the project that will include (amongst other things) design brief establishment, concept design and development, technical development, detailed technical refinements, tendering the project to building contractors and executing all the responsibilities of the architect and principal agent as set out in the building contract ensuring proper administration throughout the construction phase of the project. This also ensures the proper execution of the architectural project to meet the client’s requirements. We also direct the co-ordination of any work that may be required to be provided by other professional disciplines such as quantity surveying, structural, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering.

Principal And Owner
Associated Design Architects
Associated Technical Architects

Christian Gottschalk is the principal and owner of the practice. 25 years of professional practice experience enables him to offer clients a high level of expertise and design knowhow. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1991, and has worked at select list of architectural practices being Stauch Voster from 1991 to 1993, Alfio Torrisi Architects from 1993 to 2000; reaching associated level, Watermeyer Mason Architects from 2000 to 2001 and finally Atelier and Associates from 2001 to 2011, reaching partner status in 2005. He established Green Evolution Architecture in August 2011, with the desire to create a practice that serves its clients with professional excellence, while executing contemporary architecture that is relevant to the South African context.

In order to achieve this goal, the practice approaches each project with the principal being the lead throughout the architectural design, technical development and project administration process. This ensures continuity of design, cost control, technical development and contractual administration.

The practice associates itself with a team of senior design architects on a regular basis, dependant on the size and complexity of a project. This enables the practice to engage with the appropriately skilled and experienced individuals that best suit a particular type of project.

The practice associates itself on a regular basis with a dedicated team of senior technical architects on a project by project basis. This affords the practice flexibility in assembling the appropriate team for specific types of projects.

All associated design and technical architects are employed directly by Green Evolution Architecture on a project by project basis.

Services Offered

The practice offers the full range of architectural services as defined in the framework for the professional fees guideline document published by the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP). These include the Standard Service as Architect and Principal Agent for Work Stage 1 to 6, as well as all partial services listed by SACAP. These include partial service no. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the professional practice guidelines as described below…

Architectural Services

We feel that all clients deserve nothing less than to be provided the full architectural services as laid out in the professional service work stages published by the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP). Our practice follows this principle and offers the full and professional services required by SACAP.

1. Inception

  • Receive, appraise and report on the client’s requirements with regards to:
  • The client’s brief
  • The site conditions and statutory restrictions and rights of the site
  • Budgetary constraints
  • The required consultants
  • The project programme
  • Methods of contracting

2. Concept & Viability

Prepare an initial design concept and advise the client on the following:

  • The intended space provisions and planning relationships
  • Proposed materials and building services
  • The technical and functional characteristics of the design
  • Check for conformity of the design concept with the statutory restrictions and rights of the site specifically with respect to the allowed use of the site.
  • Review the anticipated costs of the project against the approved budget
  • Review the project programme

3. Design Development

  • Confirm the scope and complexity of the project
  • Review the design and consult with the local statutory authorities
  • Develop the design, construction systems, materials and components
  • Incorporate all services and the work of consultants
  • Review the design, costing and programme with the consultants

4. Documentation & Procurement

  • Prepare documentation sufficient for local authority submission.
  • Co-ordinate technical documentation with the consultants and complete primary co-ordiantion
  • Prepare specifications for the works
  • Review the costing and programme with the consultants
  • Obtain the client’s authority and submit documents to the local authority for approval.
  • Complete the construction documentation and proceed to call for tenders
  • Obtain the client’s authority to prepare documents to procure offers for the execution of the works
  • Obtain offers for the execution of the works
  • Evaluate offers and recommend on the award of the building contract
  • Prepare the contract documentation and arrange for the signing thereof

5. Construction

  • Contract administration:
  • Hand over the site to the contractor
  • Issue construction documentation
  • Initiate and/or check sub-contract designs and documentations as appropriate
  • Inspect the works for conformity to the contract documentation
  • Administer and perform the duties and obligations assigned to the principal agent in the JBCC building agreements, or fulfill the obligations provided for in other forms of contract
  • Issue the certificate of practical completion
  • Assist the client to obtain the occupation certificate to be issued by the local authorities.

6. Close Out

  • Fulfill and complete the project close out including the preparation of the necessary documentation to facilitate the effective completion, handover and operation of the project
  • After the contractor’s obligations with respect to the building contract are fulfilled, the architect shall issue the certificates related to contract completion.
  • Provide the client with as built drawings and relevant technical and contractual undertakings by the contractor and sub-contractors

Membership Organizations


(SAIA REG NO. 8596.