Meet The Team

Understanding Design is a Cape Town-based architectural firm, dedicated to creating and recreating sustainable residential and commercial properties. Our team of experienced architects are committed to providing superior results and quality urban lifestyles for all small and upmarket properties.

Ben Kotlowitz

Ben Kotlowitz

Ben Kotlowitz (M.Arch UCT) is a SA Council of Architects and SA Institute of Architect member. The recipient of the David Haddon prize for Professional Practice, Ben has since 1990 amassed over 240 commercial and residential projects to his portfolio including:

  • 50 & 52 De Wet Rd
  • BBDO Chiappini Street
  • 99 Hope Street
  • Fountain Shopping Centre
  • Cape Quarter Living
  • 200 on Main
  • Primi Piatti Restaurants
  • 8 Col’cacchio Restaurants
  • 10 Marlboro Clothing Stores
Henk Marais

Henk Marais

Henk Marais (M.Arch UFS) is a SA Council of Architects and SA Institute of Architect member. Having been with Kotlowitz Associates Architects since 1999, Henk became a partner in 2008. With an extensive commercial and residential project portfolio, his completed projects are located in the following areas:

  • Bantry Bay
  • Fresnaye
  • Camps Bay
  • Kanonberg Farm
  • Arabella Country Estate
  • Wedderwill Country Estate
  • Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate
  • Somerset West
  • Stellenbosch
  • Durbanville
  • Hermanus