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Founded by Yasmin Mayat and Brendan Hart, our firm is a young, design-driven architectural and heritage practice with over 20 years professional experience.
Our design approach is to root projects to their context, resulting in a unique and contextually appropriate solution to a client’s needs.
We have specialised skills and experience in the field of architectural conservation and heritage architecture in the residential and public spheres.
Founded in early 2012, Mayat Hart Architects and Heritage Consultants is a young, design driven architectural and heritage practice bringing together over 20 years combined professional experience of its principals, Yasmin Mayat and Brendan Hart.
Our approach to design is to strongly root projects to their context. The site, climate, lifestyle, materiality and history combine to create spaces that are rich and considered responses to their environments. The result is a unique and contextually appropriate solution to a client’s needs.
In addition to standard architectural services, Mayat Hart Architects has specialised skills and experience in the field of architectural conservation and heritage architecture.
After completing a BSc at the University of Cape Town, Yasmin qualified as an architect at the University of the Witwatersrand. She worked on a wide range of projects at ASM Architects and Urban Designers for a period of six years. Yasmin’s practice of architecture is combined with an interest in the history and identity of the diverse communities of Johannesburg. This led her to study a Masters of Philosophy in the Conservation of the Built Environment through the University of Cape Town, lecture history of architecture at Wits and co-found Mayat Hart Architects in early 2012.
Having always known that he would be an architect, Brendan obtained his architectural degrees, with distinction, at the University of the Witwatersrand. Seven years of professional practice at Kate Otten Architects culminated in the co-founding of Mayat Hart Architects. Brendan’s love of conceptual design, architectural history and practice led him to join the teaching staff of the School of Architecture and Planning at University of the Witwatersrand as well as to obtaining a Masters of Philosophy in the Conservation of the Built Environment through the University of Cape Town.
• Association of Professional Heritage Practitioners (APHP) – Accredited Professional Heritage Practitioners
• South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP)
• Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIFA) – Heritage Committee
• South African Institute for Architecture (SAIA)
• Johannesburg Heritage Foundation (www.joburgheritage.co.za) – Recommended heritage consultant
• Johannesburg Heritage Trust – Trustees
Mayat Hart Architects and Heritage Consultants maintain a solid reputation for approaching architectural design in a way in which projects are strongly rooted in their context. Since surroundings have a direct impact on the quality our lives, we consider climate, lifestyle, materiality and history in addition to the site itself.In this way, our projects offer unique and contextually appropriate solutions to our client’s needs. Our team unfailingly delivers solutions that are sustainable, functional and aesthetically beautiful.
The practice is able to undertake specialised heritage services including the assessment and surveying of historic buildings, historical research, section 34 applications (for buildings over 60 years of age), section 38 applications (heritage impact assessments), assessment of historic urban environments, statements of significance as well as consulting and strategic planning on issues pertaining heritage and the National Heritage Resources Act (NHRA).
Projects successfully completed by the principals include a number of bespoke residential projects, high profile heritage and public projects including the heritage scoping studies for the Louis Botha Development Corridor, the restoration of the Marshall Street Barracks, Heritage Impact Assessments for the University of the Witwatersrand and the Johannesburg Zoo, restoration projects for the City of Johannesburg and the French Embassy. Our work has been published locally, with the restoration of Aiton Court in Hillbrow Johannesburg being nominated for the World Monuments Fund Knoll International Prise for Modernism.
The practice’s approach to heritage resources is from the outset to understand their value and significance. From this understanding, areas of potential development as well as possible limitations and risks can be identified. This understanding forms the basis for heritage management and design criteria. As a design response, Mayat Hart believes in a layered approach to new development often contrasting new development, alterations or additions with the heritage resources. New interventions should be kept new and contemporary, while still being respectful of the scale and proportions of the existing historic structure or townscape. This contrast often highlights the value of the heritage resource and is in keeping contemporary heritage and conservation principles.