The practice

Place Architecture was founded by professional architect, Francois van der Westhuizen in 2017.

We specialise in high-end residential and commercial architecture in Johannesburg, South Africa. We operate out of central Johannesburg in the lively Maboneng precinct.

"Place" in architecture is an emergent phenomenon at the intersection of 3 elements: the physical environment, activity, and meaning.

At Place Architecture, our aim is not simply to create spaces for our clients, but to cultivate the circumstances that will encourage the emergence of place.

We do this by carefully considering the relationship between spaces (physical environment), the needs of the users (activity), and the building's cultural impact (meaning).


how to contact us

You can email us at for any queries.

If you are interested in receiving a fee proposal, please visit the fee proposal page, fill out the required fields and we will gladly email one to you.

Alternatively, you can call Francois directly on 084 4330 995.

The architect

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Francois van der Westhuizen

Francois completed his masters degree in architecture ( at the University of the Free State in 2007.

He has over 10 years experience in high-end residential and commercial architecture, much of which he obtained while working at the award winning architectural firm, Louise O. Architects.

He is a registered professional architect, and a member of SAIA