Jakupa is an architecture and urban design practice that has the express intent to create a rich urban environment through creative engagement in our contemporary urban milieu.
Our vision is rooted in humanistic values and in finding appropriate roles for architecture and urbanism. We are driven by a dynamic, academic and practical team with diverse skills that is used to drive our philosophy of research through design practice. We engage in work that ranges from addressing social and ecological issues to responsibly building in today’s market economy.
Jakupa was born through the energy of the revitalized political context within which we work. We believe that the act of city making is a political exercise and acknowledge the responsibility we share in making equitable, productive and sustainable space. The company philosophy unambiguously entrenches their ideals simultaneously through conscientious design and corporate policy. We are therefore proud to acknowledge our 100% Historically Disadvantaged Individual [previously disenfranchised] status and our ideals to sincere and radical transformation.
Upon graduating from the University of Pretoria in 2001 with
a Bachelors in architecture, Cornelis has been involved in various projects ranging from Residential, Retail, Mix use developments, Urban Planning, Healthcare & Education facilities.
This has provided a platform for developing his professional, design and technical skills.
My professional experience as an architect and designer have allowed me to demonstrated strategic leadership, the ability to identify project opportunities, the ability to excel in solving complex architectural design tasks as well as succeeding in all aspect of the building design through to the development phases of a project while also achieving a successful role in project management . My journey as an architect in Europe, South Africa and Middle East has afforded me great opportunities to work for some of the most prestigious architectural practices as well as to be part of several of the world biggest architectural mega projects in the Middle East as well in South Africa over the years.
Architect and Urban Designer – Director
Khalied Jacobs (Director) drives Jakupa’s urban design portfolio and has been responsible for innovations in urban design methodology and practice. He is an urbanist at heart with a deep interest in contemporary city-making and has shaped his career through interrogating the everyday experience in our cities. He has used his experience in academia to influence his method of practice and has shaped his design philosophies through experimentation.
Alistair Brauns graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2004, starting in the upmarket residential sector Cape Town, working for an award-winning architect, before to the UK in 2006, to work for an established multi-sector office, expanding his understanding of building envelopes in different contexts. He returned to Cape Town, working on state and parastatal funded projects including a prototype multi-use learning centre in Wesbank, a multi-storey parkade, and a football performance centre.
Originally from Brazil and currently living in South Africa, Paulo graduated in architecture and urban design at PUC-Camp – São Paulo Brazil in 2011. Since then he has been involved in the creation and execution of residential projects and has joined Jakupa as a project architect. He is passionate about architecture, design and art.
Sadaka Jaffar re-joined Jakupa in 2011 as an architectural technologist after completing he’s National Diploma in Architectural Technology at CPUT. Sadaka has worked on a variety of projects ranging from low cost housing to upmarket residential as well as larger scaled projects such as retail, commercial and institutional buildings.
Chelsea has recently joined the Jakupa team as a senior architectural technologist. She spent a few years after graduating in an urban design practice working on large scale residential, commercial and mixed use precincts and now has the desire to further develop her design and architectural skills. She hopes to merge her interest in urban design and carry those concepts into her architectural career. Chelsea intends on furthering her studies to a Masters level.
Quality Assurance Officer
Adnaan is Quality Assurance Officer with the role of ensuring that the quality and design intent is met, functionally as well as aesthetically from the time of inception to completion of the project, to satisfy the expectations of the client and the project professional team.
He joined Jakupa after completing his BTech at CPUT in 2018. He has worked on projects ranging from low cost housing to large scale commercial buildings. He believes that in order to create successful architecture, it must coexist with nature, and only once a balance is established between the two, can it then be achieved. He plans to further his studies to masters level.
Taylor is currently completing an internship at Jakupa, contributing in a support role. She is passionate about all aspects of architecture and design, hoping to build upon an holistic approach to sustainable design and placemaking in order to drive a broader agenda for growth, transformation and change for the public realm. Taylor wishes to further her studies to a Masters level.
Architect – Director
Gabs Pather (Director) has worked on a variety of projects ranging from retail, sports, institutional, commercial and residential. He has expertise in design & documentation of large scale projects and has been intensely involved with the Cape Town Stadium and Precinct project in preparation for the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup. He has lectured at both UCT and CPUT and has previously served as vice-chairperson and general secretary for SABTACO – Western Cape.
Mveli joined Jakupa after completing his BTech at CPUT in 2017. He has since worked on a variety of projects ranging from residential to retail and commercial buildings. With a keen interest in informal economies, Mveli plans to complete his post-grad studies to qualify as a professional architect.
Dennis graduated as an architect in 1976 at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He has worked in Johannesburg, Cape Town and in the UK on a wide variety of projects, including domestic, heritage conservation, educational, industrial, institutional, hospitality and commercial, with an emphasis in recent years on large projects.
Originally from Bratislava and Lagos. Studied in Gent, Belgium where he completed his master degree (Cum Laude). He has worked in Austria on high-end residential projects. He is eager to confront new challenges and enjoys traveling
Shazia is currently completing an internship year, having a support role within the company. She is interested in Architecture for the development and upliftment of underprivileged communities, and the importance of embracing African culture and identity within design. Shazia wishes to further her studies to a Masters level.
Receptionist & Office Manager
Shahkierah Sharmar is the voice of Jakupa and deals with public relations and administrative components of the company. She has a background in marketing and design and hopes to further her skills at Jakupa.
Architect and Urban Designer
Robert is a registered Professional Architect and landscape architect. His role in the office is as an urban designer and architect. He is passionate about the confluence of architecture, urban design and landscape architecture, with an emphasis on an integrated, collaborative and holistic design and management approach. This interest has evolved through a commitment to society and environment, a love for nature, and a passion for design in the built environment. Robert is excited to be working in the profession at a time when South Africa is grappling with the very real challenges of past inequalities, and the attainment of an equitable future for all.
As operation clerk, Maureen Petersen is the backbone to the smooth running of the office, ensuring it is a welcoming and hospitable working environment. She supports Thea in administrative work and assists all Jakupa members in a number of tasks.