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Better architecture for your clients...

If you’re passionate about great architecture, designing buildings that really work, built most cost-effectively… then I’m the guy for you! 

Utilising advanced engineering software I can assess the performance on any building to identify the most effective design solutions for your architecture.

I can assess the impact of solar gain all year round to understand how any building might gain & lose heat, how changes in design might influence thermal comfort, and how we can minimise ongoing running costs for your clients…

Better architecture, built cheaper, guaranteed!

I have extensive experience of assessing and understanding what works best where and why. I have competently assessed every classification of building type, in every climate zone across the country, and have helped clients save a substantial amount of otherwise wasted millions out of their developments.

My service is about helping empower you to be assured of developing the best architecture for your own clients. Beautiful aesthetics with proven performance!

Good to GREAT… I can show you how!

Passion, purpose, excellence

Dennis Guichard

Over 26-years post-graduate experience directly in architecture, mega-project design management, sustainability compliance assessment and construction technology working in South Africa, the UK, the UAE & Qatar.

I am internationally qualified as a licensed energy assessor and have extensive experience with SANS 10400XA Building Regulations in South Africa, Part L1 compliance assessment & BREEAM Code for Sustainable Homes in the United Kingdom, USGBC LEED & Abu Dhabi Estidama Pearls rating systems in the United Arab Emirates & Qatar.

I worked in London for 14-years where I originally specialised in energy modelling and building science analysis running my own consultancy there and also lived & worked in Abu Dhabi for 2-years where I was a Senior Architectural Design Manager looking after sustainability compliance on the US$18bn Al Raha Beach mega-project before returning to South Africa in 2009. I travelled back-and-forth extensively working on contracts in Qatar and the UAE and served as an expert witness on failed construction projects in the UK helping legal teams unpick where and why buildings fail.

Locally I have professional membership of the South African Council for the Architectural Professional (SACAP), the KwaZulu Natal region of the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA-KZN) and the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).

I work with a humbling portfolio of a-list architects and property developers countrywide in South Africa, they’re my kind of people, they’re my kind of tribe – if you’re passionate about great architecture then you’re my kind of person too. It’s my goal to help you fully understand how your building designs are performing and why, so that I can help you optimise your designs to ensure energy-efficient and thermally-comfortable architecture at an optimised cost of construction.

Any Question, any time

We’re here to help…
c. 0796 455 642

PO Box 23002

The Gardens
La Lucia
KwaZulu Natal
4019

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