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.
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 designing and hand making once-off furniture items.
Michael Magner BAS, BArch (Wits) PrArch SACAP reg. no. 6127
Michael contributes to the Activate team with design leadership and is an active trustee, chairperson and mentor in the Activate Architecture Employee Share Incentive Scheme Trust to oversee shareholder transformation and to nurture the next generation of the firmís leaders. Michael also chairs the board of the Activate Holding Company.
Michael is married to Colleen and they are two very committed parents to their children, Harry and Alice. When Michael isnít working, his recreational activities include mountain biking, golf, and sailing.Brian McKechnie
BAS (Wits) BArch, MArch (UP) SACAP reg. no. 21046
Associate Architect: Brian obtained a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from Wits, graduating in 2002. In 2004 he obtained a B Arch Honours from the University of Pretoria, and in 2005 he obtained a Masters in Architecture, also from the University of Pretoria. Brian has also completed the PDMA. At the Wits Business school in 2014.
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 Ansteyís Building Preservation Trust which was set up to conserve one of the cityís 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. Leaneís 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.
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 in door 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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