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elphick proome architecture enjoys a 30 year legacy and comprises three dynamic and capable architectural practices which have been created to deliver a complete and comprehensive range of design services in the African continent and beyond.
EPA was conceived as a group of practices to deliver a flexible, agile and resilient architectural service to a wide network of clients with a vision to create quality design solutions that offer enduring and appropriate outcomes. With intent to be recognised for producing exceptional and delightful pieces of architecture, every project is carefully innovated to engender added value to be a positive and responsible contributor to society and the built environment.
EPA’s dynamic team is made up of 70 professionals ranging from project architects, to design architects, architectural technologists, graphics specialists and administrative staff. The practice also has staff based in Nelspruit and Port Elizabeth. Design and documentation capacity totals 55 individual workstations using Revit as base software. EPA continues to up-skill its staff with in-house training to enable collaboration on all project types combined with the application of a comprehensive BIM modelling system for application on special projects. The practice has a strong affirmative action policy, enjoys a high grade BBBEE rating and provides job opportunities to previously disadvantaged employees with a comprehensive training programme to develop skills across the spectrum
EPA was established in 1989 and has grown to become a leading architectural firm in South Africa. Committed to architectural excellence, we strive to create exciting buildings, environments and spaces that respond to the unique nature of each project with integrity and purpose to generate design solutions which are appropriate, enduring, innovative and functional. Our philosophy emphasizes an appropriate architecture that responds to context, region and climate. We endeavour to design intelligent solutions which rise to the diverse challenges of our social and economic context and that make a significant contribution to the African reality. The realization of client aspirations and project potential is sought through the efficient accommodation of demands with an inspired manipulation of space and meticulous attention to detail.
In maintaining positive and close client relationships from inception to completion of all projects, we are committed to providing a comprehensive and effective professional service which facilitates quality buildings, on time and within budget constraints. We believe that good design is produced from careful study and research combined with sound technical knowledge and artistic judgment. We place emphasis on interrogating sustainability strategies for every project with a view to delivering optimum design solutions. Our design process is interactive and involves constant critique and review to apply our highest skills to each project.
The practice has undertaken a wide range of projects covering the full spectrum of building types and wide range of budgets over a 20 year period. Projects outside of South Africa have been undertaken on the basis of collaboration with locally based architects and this has proved to be a successful and responsible approach. Underlying the body of completed projects is the endeavour to create meaningful contributions to the built environment, derived from the synthesis of bold concepts, memorable space-making and honest expression of the constructed fabric. Simplicity, clarity and legibility are the cornerstones of our design philosophy and combined with local cultural, social and political impacts, capture an architectural character which is purposefully context specific.