Our Team

BEN KOTLOWITZ DIRECTOR & PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECT

Architect Ben Kotlowitz is the founder and director of KAA. He graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) degree and was awarded the David Haddon Prize for Professional Practice. Ben also attended Harvard Business School to complete the Leading Professional Services Firms program in 2015.⁣ ⁣

His 30 years of international experience in the design and architecture sector has equipped him to be a driving force for achieving excellence in his field, while playing a major role in generating new projects through his many years of successful practice.⁣ ⁣

For him, architecture is the ultimate synthesis of art and technology, form and function. The reward as an architect is to see the vision realised and having valued clients both appreciate and enjoy the resultant unique creation. ⁣

MARC JOOSTE ASSOCIATE & PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECT

Marc is a professional architect with over 10 years design industry experience. He graduated from the University of Pretoria with M.Arch (Prof) (cum laude) degree and is a registered Professional Architect with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession.

He is well versed in alternative construction methods and the detail requirements necessary to deliver high-end residential architecture.

Marc is a firm believer in the power of good design. Architecture should be meaningful, inspirational and functional, but most of all, should improve its surroundings and the way it contributes to the greater urban environment and enhance the quality of lifestyle for its users. Not only in the present but also for future generations. The pursuit of these ideals, forms part of every new project he takes on at KAA.

LEANIE VAN SCHALKWYK PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECT

Leanie is a professional architect with over 10 years’ experience in predominantly residential and interior architecture. Leanie holds an M.Arch (Prof) degree from the University of the Free State and is registered with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession.

Leanie is detail orientated and passionate about people. Creating beautiful, practical and timeless spaces to dwell in is in large the driving force behind her architectural philosophy. Like most creatives, Leanie has an interest in a variety of design related fields.

In 2012, she did a part-time course in Pattern-making & Garment Construction at the Design Academy of Fashion and in her free time you’ll generally find her busy with a painting, sewing or a DIY project.

DARIAN MARITZ ARCHITECTURAL DRAUGHTSMAN

Darian is registered with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession as a professional architectural draughtsman. Darian first worked with Ben Kotlowitz back in 2001, when he was still a student. They worked closely together on several residential, small industrial and hospitality projects.

Between 2008 and 2012 Darian spent time in the UK, working for a multi-disciplinary engineering firm, HPF Engineering and in private practice. He re-joined team KAA in 2013. Aside from his technical skills, Darian also has extensive knowledge of municipal planning by-laws, building regulations & approval procedures.

Darian has a keen interest in history and loves to read in his free time.

LAUREN KLINGELENBERG INTERN ARCHITECT

Lauren graduated from the University of Cape Town with her Bachelor of Architecture in 2019. She spent her first year at UCT studying French and Art History and at the end of that year decided to follow her initial instincts and switched to Architecture.

During her studies, she worked predominantly with mixed-use projects with a strong conceptual basis and gravitated towards simpler forms with textural details. Lauren is fascinated by the influence of space and place on people, and the many ways in which design can enhance our everyday experience. She enjoys taking on challenges and always expanding her knowledge of design.

She joined KAA in January 2020 as a graduate, with the aim of continuing her learning in a practical environment complemented by the extensive and varied experience of the KAA team. She went to school in Cape Town and loves the city but hopes to travel overseas before (or while) she furthers her studies. In her spare time, you’ll find her running, tending her indoor jungle, or cooking with friends and family.

LIEN VANNESTE MARKETING MANAGER

Lien is a passionate, registered IBASA Business Advisor. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from HUBrussels and a Masters in Higher Education Studies from the University of the Free State. She is responsible for building the KAA brand, which includes managing the KAA website content as well as the social media channels.

She is also involved in the general corporate management of the firm. She’s furthermore a continuous learner with a passion for helping people create a more balanced lifestyle for themselves. This led her to pursue an integral hatha yoga teacher training certificate from the Academy for Yoga and Ayurveda in 2019.

PARWEEN PARKER WAGLEY ACCOUNTS MANAGER

Parween started working for Ben Kotlowitz more than 20 years ago, as his personal assistant. Over the years, she grew together with Ben and the rest of team KAA. She now manages the firm’s accounts and is likewise involved in the general office administration.

NATALIE MUNISAMI OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Natalie is the friendly face that welcomes everyone who visits or calls the KAA office. She is also very organised and helps team KAA to be on top of their administrative game.⁣ ⁣

Natalie was born and raised in Durban, but moved to the Mother City in 2019. Aside from being committed to her career, she loves belly dancing and cooking in her spare time. She also has a warm heart for animals, her family and books.

BUKELWA XATHA OFFICE CARETAKER

Bukelwa takes care of team KAA by making sure everyone is always supplied with coffee, tea and a neat working environment.