Bettina is a registered professional architect. She has a Masters degree in Architecture (with distinction) from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and a Masters degree in City Design and Social Science (with distinction) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
She has also established herself in the professional sphere, both Internationally and in South Africa. In 2004 she worked in Paris for AREP (Aménagements Recherches Pôles Echanges) on a number of transport infrastructure projects which included both research and design proposals for cities in China, Europe and the Middle East. Back in Johannesburg, Bettina was contracted to sharpCITY, and was instrumental in managing the exhibition project and publication for the 6th Sao Paulo International Biennale of Architecture and Design, 2005. After completing her studies, Bettina took on the role of Project Architect for a large residential development in Clifton for Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects in Cape Town and later worked on a new building complex at the University of Cape Town for Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects. She also edited the book, Cape Town Stadium: Between the Lines, published by Griffel Media, a project specifically timed for release during the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
Bettina won numerous awards during her studies, including best student over the final two years of study for the Professional Degree in Architecture, best overall Architecture graduate in her year and the prize for the student whose designs consistently reflect sensitivity to the environment. In 2011 she also received the LSE Cities Prize for Academic Excellence, awarded for outstanding academic work across the masters programme. Bettina founded OpenCity Architects in 2011 and is a member of the South African Institute of Architects, Cape Institute for Architects, South African Council for the Architectural Profession and Urban Design Institute of South Africa.