Edward Brooks BAS, BArch (Wits) PrArch SACAP reg. no. 6123
Edward is a GBCSA Accredited Professional since 2009. Edward also participated in GIBS Nexus programme in 2005.
Edward is married to Lisa and they are the proud parents of Isabella and Maya. He has a keen interest in travel and property and is an avid wine and coffee connoisseur. To keep fit and to blow off some steam, Edward enjoys running (a lot!) and squash.
Michael Magner BAS, BArch (Wits) PrArch SACAP reg. no. 6127
Michael has also been a design tutor and external examiner for design at the University of Pretoria and Wits Univesity between 2001 and 2005. Michael has been a GBCSA Accredited Professional since 2009. He has also participated in a number of GIBS programmes: Nexus in 2004, Imagination in 2005 and the Better Boards programme in 2014.
Michael is married to Colleen and they are two very committed parents to their children, Harry and Alice. When Michael isn’t in the office, his recreational activities include mountain biking, golf, and sailing.
Reon van der Wiel BArch (Wits) PrArch SACAP reg. no. 7176
Reon has proven to be an invaluable asset to the firm and became a partner in 2006. Reon assisted the CIDA University set up its MACC course and presented the Architecture and Construction component of the course. He also lectured at Wits in the Architectural Representation Elective in 2006-2007.
Reon is a GBCSA accredited professional since 2010. Outside of the office Reon has a love of sculpting and mountaineering, and in his spare time, when needed, he is a DIY boffin. He is married to Melissa and they have a young sons Ethan and Jethro.
Nhlamulo has worked for two well-known commercial architectural practices in Johannesburg before joining Activate Architecture in 2016. Nhlamulo has an analytical approach to architecture and with that said he has keen interest in how the context can strongly influence buildings from a design point of view. His leadership potential saw him elected by his colleagues as a non-Exec Director of Activate Architecture (Pty) Ltd in 2017.
Nhlamulo has developed an interest in finance and investment and combining this with his passion for architecture, he is focused on building his own property portfolio. Out of the office and balancing of books he enjoys the adrenaline-induced relaxation of quad biking!
Brian joined activate in 2008 and became an associate in 2010. Brian is our Activate Jozi enthusiast and has a keen interest in the city, urban regeneration and heritage architecture. Brian is Chairman of the GIFA heritage committee. Also sits on the Anstey’s Building Preservation Trust which was set up to conserve one of the city’s landmark heritage buildings.
She won the Otis Award for innovative use of circulation within building design and The Construction Award for best thesis building and design. Leane joined activate in 2008. She then became a founding member of Indigenous Studio and become an associate in 2010. Leane’s passion for green building design has lead her being a GBCSA Accredited Professional in 2010 and a GBCSA Projects Assessor since 2012.
Leane has put her enthusiasm for motorbikes (and leather jacket) aside now that she is married to Ryan and very proud and happy mother to her daughter Ava.
Vivien has extensive experience in medium and larger scale projects working in the commercial office and retail sectors. Her portfolio of work includes award winning corporate office buildings, call centres, shopping malls and mixed use developments.
Vivien is an Autodesk Certified Professional and has a particular interest in Revit and BIM work flow processes, having been a revit user since 2002. She has been a frequent guest speaker at BIM conferences and Autodesk user group forums, both in South Africa and internationally.
Vivien is married to Matthys Wessels and in her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, gardening and horse riding.
Lisa joined Activate in 2005 as founder of Activate Space, focusing on interior design, space planning and architectural narrative. Lisa draws from her theatrical training to design interiors that are emotive, have personality and tell a story.
Lisa is married to Edward and they are the proud parents of Isabella and Maya. She has a keen interest in music and art. She enjoys spending down time playing the piano, drawing or painting.
Rethabile joined activate in 2014. Besides her keen interest in architecture, Rethabile is inspired by African history and Africa’s diverse art forms from sculpture to textiles, to Jewellery.
She enjoys baking, sketching, painting and working with clay; using her hands to create things of beauty, both edible and ornamental. Rethabile is also loving mom to Thoriso her darling!
Besides her obvious interest in architecture, Binayka loves cars, travel and football. She is also a die-hard Man United FC supporter, and when she is not watching the footie she can be found playing the indoor version of the game!
Funeka is a proud mother of 3 children, often known to sing as she works, her pleasant presence is an asset to activate.
Ruth has gone on to do a number of office administration diplomas and is currently studying a B Com Accounting degree through UNISA. Ruth is a valuable contribution to our team, keeping our support paperwork and accounts in perfect order.
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