Kritzinger Architects is an award-winning, Cape Town based Architecture studio, founded by Jed Kritzinger and Julia Abell in 2010. They formed the practice after a ten-year stint in London working with renowned British Architect Sir Norman Foster on a number of high profile projects.
Since inception, Kritzinger Architects has gained a reputation for design excellence, having won "Best Residence Africa" at the 2012 International Property Awards, and were shortlisted for "World's Best" the same year. In 2015, the practice was shortlisted for a Cape Institute of Architecture Award and over the years has featured in a number of local and international publications.
The practice recently completed Sir Richard Branson's private Manor House in the Cape Winelands following the refurbishment of his hotel and spa on the same estate. The firm is currently busy with a variety of projects across South Africa which include upmarket homes, holiday cottages, inner city apartment buildings, hotels and schools.
We strive to create innovative buildings which have integrity and that are conceptually clear as well as environmentally responsible. We see each project as unique and begin our work process by carefully considering the existing conditions so that we can unlock undeveloped opportunities hidden in every site. Our observations inform a response that is unique to each building and its context.
We develop our ideas further through analysing precedents and building techniques while at the same time making architectural models, mock-ups and three dimensional drawings to reinforce our ideas. As a result, our buildings emerge from a clear concept and well defined architectural language that informs the detail design process.
We strive for a distinctive aesthetic that is contemporary, rich in character and crafted with an understanding of materials, texture and colour, resulting in buildings that are appropriate for present day living and a joy to live in!
We believe that a good client-architect relationship is key for any project to achieve its full potential.
Most of our work has come through referrals or repeat clients which we highly value.
We are aware that constructing a building is one of the biggest investments a person may make in their lifetime, and therefore it is important for us that our clients feel comfortable and involved throughout the development process. We make a point of listening to our client's needs and in turn offer our experience rather than preconceived ideas. We are there to help guide our clients through the various stages of a project, providing insight and always striving to add extra value. We are realistic from the beginning of the project and ensure brief and budget are continually managed together.
Kritzinger Architects offer clients a full range of Architectural and Interior Design services, generally based on the SACAP work stages. We are flexible in our service offering and our clients have a choice of appointing us for a full service or alternatively for individual workstages which can be tailored to suit specific requirements and budget.
Jed studied architecture at the University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. His student work featured at the Dulux Awards, and his contribution towards architectural conservation was recognized by the University and published widely. On completion of his studies in 1994, Jed moved to London to work with Sir Norman Foster, completing a number of award-winning projects for the practice. In 2005, Jed joined Blueprint Worx as Architect in charge of the new Cape Town International Airport, and become CEO of the practice in 2007. Jed founded Kritzinger Architects with Julia in 2010 and together they oversee the running of the practice. Jed is a member of both the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA).
Julia grew up in the United States, France and Switzerland, and studied architecture at Cambridge University (U.K.), graduating with Honours in 1995. On completion of her studies, Julia joined Sir Norman Foster in London, where she worked on a number of prestigious projects, including the Great Court at the British Museum and projects for Imperial College. In 1999, Julia became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), passing her professional practice examination with distinction and in 2002 completed an Executive Management Programme at IMD, Switzerland. In 2010 Julia founded Kritzinger Architects with Jed and together they oversee the running of the practice.