About Us

About us.
Amândio Castanheira - Principal Member, born in 1972 qualified from the University of Pretoria with a Masters Degree in Architecture, cum Laude and is a member of the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA), Gauteng Institute of Architects (GIFA), South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) and Association of Arbitrators Southern Africa.

Alchemy Architects have always been guided by a belief that the quality of our surroundings has a direct influence on the quality of our lives, whether it's in the workplace, at home or in the public realm. Further, we acknowledge that architecture is generated by the needs of people, which are both material and spiritual, maintaining a concern for the physical context and sensitivity to the culture and climate of place.

The central drive of the practice is to create elegant, rigorous and innovative design solutions that respond to each developments site constraints, operational, financial and program requirements of the client. The design and management of all projects, regardless of scale, complexity or building typology is approached on the same basis with the following core values of simplicity, efficiency and legibility being its driving force.

As professionals we have a dual responsibility firstly to our clients we serve, but also to the public domain who ultimately become the many users of our designs. The design of each new project is reviewed regularly, both formally and informally, so as to meet the projects initial objectives.

Alchemy Architects and its Principle Member are registered with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession, South African Institute of Architects and its regional body the Gauteng Institute for Architecture.

Professional Indemnity Insurance is also carried by the practice with MARSH South Africa.

The practice currently employees a high ratio of qualified young professional staff from architects, architectural technologists, architectural draughtsman and office administration managers. We further out source staff on an on-going basis, as and when required.

All projects are managed by a dedicated project architect and supplemented by additional team members, where required. The project architect is responsible for the day to day management of the project and liaison between the client, design team and construction teams.

Alchemy Architects has systematically invested in new information technology, advanced drafting and presentation software including animation and 3D modelling to improve efficiency, accuracy and collaboration between other members of the design team.

These new technologies has transformed the way the practice functions, however traditional modelling still plays a key role from conceptual models to full size mock-ups will be produced, when necessary.

Quality Policy.
Alchemy Architects is committed to the development and implementation of a Quality Management System for all facets of our Architectural Service. Our goal is to create a high standard of quality and to continually develop and enhance the standard of our professional service through effective design resolutions for each project to meet the clientís needs, continuous training of all our staff and co-operative relationships with other professional and construction team members.

Environmental Statement.
Alchemy Architects is committed to sustainable building design. The practiceís ambition is to establish an individual sustainability profile for each project, so as to promote a strong sustainability ethic, where we strive to work closely with clients to explore and balance capital costs with life cycle costs, in terms of energy and resources.

We recognize, however that as architects we are only as powerful as our core values. We understand that not every project will be able to meet all the desired criteria of sustainability; however we believe that we have a responsibility to try and encourage clients and developers to adopt these sustainable strategies.

Confidentiality Statement.
Alchemy Architects are prepared to bind itself and its employees to a confidentiality agreement, should this be required by the Client.

Equal Opportunities.
Alchemy Architects is committed to the policy of equal treatment and opportunities of all itís employees and applicants and requires all employees of whatever grade or authority to abide by this general principle. The practice also complies with all relevant codes of Practice set down by the Government and Local Authorities.

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