Office – Open City Architecture
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OPEN CITY is a Cape Town based practice specialising in architecture, urban design and research.  Our work is premised on the idea that each design becomes a unique and important building block of the city, suburb or surrounding rural landscape that it occupies. We believe in an open design approach that focusses on creating flexible, sustainable, socially positive, and economically enabling interventions.

Beauty is a priority for us, and we get equally excited about doing a small kitchen renovation or creating a large urban development framework.  We believe that every project requires critical analysis and research to understand the unique challenges associated with it. We seek simple solutions to intricate problems and listen carefully to the aspirations and requirements of our clients.

OUR TEAM

Bettina Woodward
Bettina Woodward
DIRECTOR

Bettina 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. She has also established herself in the…

Karien Trengove
Karien Trengove
CONSULTANT

After graduating from the University of Cape Town in 2006, Karien joined Van der Merwe Miszewski Architects. Under the mentorship of Anya van der Merwe, Macio Miszewski and Lloyd Rubidge, …

Nikki Onderstall
Nikki Onderstall
ASSOCIATE

Nikki is a registered professional architect.  She has a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Cape Town. Having gained some work experience at Huneberg Viljoen Architects…

Alex Becker
Alex Becker
PROJECT ARCHITECT

Alex is a registered professional architect. He has a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Pretoria. His Master’s thesis explored architecture as a tool for empowering and enabling…

Valerie Lehabe
Valerie Lehabe
CANDIDATE ARCHITECT

Valerie has a Master’s degree in Architecture (with Distinction) from the University of Cape Town. She joined Open City Architects …

Katie Strachan
Katie Strachan
ARCHITECTURAL INTERN

Katie graduated with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the University of Cape Town in 2018. She joined Open City in January 2019 for a year of practical training….

Liyanda Masora
Liyanda Masora
OFFICE ASSISTANT

Liyanda joined Open City in 2019. She makes sure that the office runs smoothly and that things are clean and tidy.

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