Fritz Thomashoff qualified as an architect from the University of Pretoria and has been in private practice for more than 15 years, starting his own practice 7 years after registering as a professional architect.
Interest in design at all scales in the built environment has lead to project experience varying from product design, retail fit-outs and interiors, restoration, remodeling, high-end residential, group housing, low-cost housing, to master planning and postgraduate studies in urban design.
His practice is building a portfolio with a reputation for taking innovative and unique approaches to design problems. The partners are responsible for several highly prestigious projects, the most well-known being the Vygenhoek Organic Spa that was awarded the Les Novelles Unique Spa award in 2008 and an Award of Merit for Excellence in Architecture by the Mpumalanga Institute for Architects in 2009. The spa presented the unique challenge of requiring an organic environment and resulted in extensive research and experimentation to accomplish this.
A key value of the practice, is to take design decisions based on resource efficiency. Taking the appropriate design approach results in lowering the carbon footprint of projects, to include energy saving design techniques, utilising renewable resources, and defining and incorporating the most effective and appropriate green techniques, materials and strategies from the design phase of a project through to construction.
Fritz serves as external examiner at schools of Architecture in SA and has examined at Pretoria, TUT, Bloemfontein, and UJ.
He has also served as an adjudicator in the Pretoria Institute of Architects Award of Merit program.
Renante obtained her bachelors degree in Town & Regional Planning at the University of Pretoria in 2001. She has been active in the urban design and development arena since then, focusing on environmental best practice.
In 2009, she became an accredited Green Star Building Professional, enabling her to apply the knowledge gained to development projects. Her focused shifted in 2010 to management, specifically the chemicals used in the office/ indoor environment.
She started her own company, Smart Green People, where she could apply her expertise to implement environmental management processes in the office/ indoor environment on a holistic basis. This approach includes considering all aspects of the building, consulting on various ways to improve on sustainability, reporting and supply. The service also enables corporate staff members to participate in their employers’ greening and to subscribe to a greener life style, taking the initial effort out of searching for ethical suppliers.