QUINTESSENTIAL DESIGN is a full-service architectural practice delivering design, project documentation, and contract administration services across a range of project types.


Every project no matter how big or small gets very careful attention to the design and planning.


We offer a consulting service to assist with design development as well as council and construction drawings.


We are certified to issue council drawings that conform with the latest SANS regulations as well as the building energy efficiency requirements.


All construction drawings required and drawn in house on the latest software using the latest technology which enables us to foresee most problems before they arise on site.

Detailed Services

The core structure of architectural services is aptly described in the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) Client-Architect Agreement, which can be downloaded. Generally, the terms of the SAIA Agreement form the basis of how we deliver services. The SAIA Agreement also described the duties and responsibilities of both client and architect, and forms a solid basis for a mutually beneficial relationship.

Generally, an architectural service proceeds from the general to the specific, with increasing levels of technical resolution, as time progresses. The generally defined sequence is:

  1. Briefing
  2. Sketch Design
  3. Design Development
  4. Approvals
  5. Construction Drawings and Tendering
  6. Contract Administration
  7. Handover and Close-out.

However, we have previously delivered many other forms of architectural services, which we can offer to clients IN ADDITION TO the standard SAIA Agreement services, and which we set out here.

These are:


Project Definition Phase

  • Defining the project problem
  • Drawing up the brief or the schedule of accommodation
  • Master planning of sites
  • Site Assembly or Land parcel Assembly processes.
  • Limited urban design studies
  • Site selection and Due Diligence on comparable site locations, based on commercial and strategic parameters
  • Site selection in ecologically sensitive areas, by on-site inspections and direct observation
  • Participation in Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA’s)
  • Participation in consultations and meetings with local interest groups as part of Public Participation Processes
  • Precedent studies relevant to the brief, based on similar successful projects.
  • Due Diligence investigations on existing buildings
  • Measuring up of existing buildings and investigations into existing plans
  • Enquiries at Local Authority to establish planning law parameters applicable to a site
  • Briefing and management of the work of geotechnical engineers, traffic engineers, and land surveyors
  • Order-of-magnitude financial feasibility studies to determine base parameters for planning
  • Advice on building techniques and procurement models for buildings in remote locations


Design and Marketing Phase

  • Artwork projects and the handling of competitions for artists to contribute site-specific installations in or around buildings we design
  • Once-off designs such as furniture, built-in items of specific complexity such as wine cellars and their installations.
  • Brand Integration and Brand Development studies
  • Interior Design
  • Space Planning
  • Internal graphics and brand specific graphics generation
  • Physical model building
  • Electronic model building, fly-through and animations -outsourced
  • Marketing materials, brochures, sales pavilions, sales installations, project websites


Project Completion and Close-Out

  • Post-occupancy surveys
  • Global Best Practice studies and handbooks
  • Handover manuals and workshops for building operators / facilities managers for post-occupancy operation of the building