About Us

Our Purpose

Our KAA purpose is to enrich the lives of our clients by applying our extensive experience to design well-considered and stylish contemporary habitats, for both private and commercial property owners. To fulfil this purpose, we are guided by our KAA values, which you can learn more about below.

KAA BRAND ORIGINATION TIMELINE

1985: Ben Kotlowitz starts his career at a small commercial architectural firm.

1990: Founded Kotlowitz Adler Architects with Neville Adler.

1998: Partnership concluded and the firm rebranded as Kotlowitz and Associates Architects (KAA).

2009: Formed a partnership with Henk Marais and Kotlowitz Marais Architects (KMA) was born.

2017: Riaan Marais joined the practice. Together they became KMMA architects.

2020: The year Ben Kotlowitz went back to his roots: KAA.

House Kloof

Our Team

BEN KOTLOWITZ

DIRECTOR & PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECT

MARC JOOSTE

ASSOCIATE & PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECT

LEANIE VAN SCHALKWYK

PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECT

DARIAN MARITZ

ARCHITECTURAL DRAUGHTSMAN

LAUREN KLINGELENBERG

INTERN ARCHITECT

LIEN VANNESTE

MARKETING MANAGER

PARWEEN PARKER WAGLEY

ACCOUNTS MANAGER

NATALIE MUNISAMI

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

BUKELWA XATHA

OFFICE CARETAKER

Our Values

Client value creation

Our first and most important value speaks to our goal of adding maximum value to the properties of our clients – and their lives.

When you have us leading your professional team, you can rest assured that we will help you make the most out of your property development and add value to your investment.

Teamwork

One of our key values at KAA is teamwork. By combining the expertise of each individual team member, we pursue excellence and achieve the best results.

Responsibility

Architecture is a long-term commitment which comes with a huge responsibility for the architect. We take this responsibility seriously, for the property owner, all its users and the environment.

Integrity

To fulfill our purpose, several of our values are client-centric. We believe that we can only enrich the lives of our clients by being honest, open, ethical, and fair, so that you can trust us to adhere to our word.

Strong network

We believe that our architectural vision can only become a reality because of the exceptional suppliers and contractors that we collaborate with to bring our design to life.

Pursue growth, learning & innovation

We offer an environment that facilitates continued growth and learning for our employees.

Gratitude & humility

We are grateful and humbled by the trust our clients have in us.

OUR ACCOLADES

World Architecture Festival 2011 Shortlisted

Kotlowitz & Associates Architects (KAA), previously Kotlowitz Marais Architects, made the World Architecture Festival 2011 shortlist in the “House” category for House Loader in De Waterkant. Only one other South African architect was shortlisted in the house category that year. Directors Ben and Henk went to Barcelona to present the project to the WAF Jury. The project included the transformation of a 65 square meter cottage that was transformed into a 185 square meter house boasting a roof deck with 360° views of the city and its landscape.

ITC-SA Timber Engineered Product Award 2015

In 2015, Kotlowitz & Associates Architects (KAA), previously Kotlowitz Marais Architects, received a Gold Award in the “Alterations and Additions” category for a complex project that required the modernization and enlargement of an existing ground and first floor home, creating a second-floor, two-bedroom flatlet.

House La Croix