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.


Yasmin Mayat

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.


Brendan Hart

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.

Professional Memberships

• 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 ( – Recommended heritage consultant
• Johannesburg Heritage Trust – Trustees