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FRANS DE KLERK
As a Project Architect with more than 15 years' experience in mainly commercial projects, Frans has exceptional skills in the design, management and co-ordination of projects ranging from 6 800 m2 to 105 000 m2 in order to deliver a quality product within time and budget every single time. Striving to always be the best, striving for perfection and being committed towards this has provided Frans with a clear vision to follow throughout his career; a path that he has not deviated from. Frans is a strong leader and excels in pressure situations when leadership and good communication skills are the key to delivering a quality product on time. During the course of his career he has been placed in pressure situations various times, and have come out on top every time.
As the director guiding his teams, he bring knowledge and experience to the personnel in situations where pressure is high. He also provides them with the security that personnel look for in their leader by being level headed. Frans has worked with international clients including Google, Booking. Com and Virgin Active. This was achieved through perseverance, a clear view of what needed to be achieved, good leadership skills, but lastly exceptional team efforts from all his personnel.
Frans has vast experience as an active member of various Financial Committees, and has gained experience in maintaining financial soundness within the firm by ensuring budgets and/or targets are met on a monthly and yearly basis, and also keeping a finger on the pulse of expenses. Critical to this role is also identifying risks to the business and where possible set up measures to avoid these or at least minimise them. In Frans' current role, he appreciates mostly two things: to view a completed building as a monument of the hard work, skills, effort, and commitment that went into its design, documentation and coordination, and management of the construction team. Frans also loves managing teams towards these successes by guiding them through the team effort. The only means to achieve a successful project is have the team work together. The great thing about having a team that works together is that no one ever needs to stand alone.
ExpertiseArchitecture Service, Master Planning
Francois heads up the Urban and Architectural Design expertise in the TJA Pretoria Office. He has worked on diverse architectural and urban projects locally and into Africa including Cyprus, Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, , Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Senegal, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Francois’s expertise and skills covers a range of project typologies ranging from small scale architectural interventions to large scale urban precincts. As a design professional, he has envisioned offices, hotels, residential, industrial, retail and institutional projects that enable his intricate understanding of how dense mixed use urban development’s function and integrate into mixed use opportunities.
Francois completed his Master’s degree in Urban Design and previous to that his Professional Degree in Architecture. He is a registered architect at the South African Council for the Architectural Profession, Pretoria Institute for Architecture, Shopping Centre Council and the urban Design Institute of South Africa.
Francois has attended various local and international seminars and congresses with a focus on design in the professional practise. He was a panellist at the 2021 SA Shopping Centre Congress, The West Africa Property Summit and PIA talks. In 2012 and 2014 he was shortlisted for a future project category at the World Architectural Festival in Singapore. He was also invited to attend the Glen Murcutt Master Class in Australia to represent South Africa in 2009.
Francois currently spends his time traveling up into Africa working on various new projects and designing new urban environments in various cities.