Chris van Niekerk

The disciplines of architecture and design are practiced in this Cape Town based studio, with a keen interest in the integration of place, use and materials in the realisation of buildings and objects which are peculiar to their time.

Chris van Niekerk is a professional architect with 17 years' working experience in high-end residential and small-scale commercial projects. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pretoria and his B.Arch thesis was awarded the South African Corobrik award in 2003, the most sought-after architectural award at student level for the project entitled ‘Extraneousness’. The work was later included in the Royal Institute of British Architecture's yearly publication entitled ‘Visions for the Future’ in 2003. (It was also included in the book 'Architecture in a Democratic South Africa', edited and convened by Prof 'Ora Joubert and published by Bell-Roberts in 2018.)

Also in 2003, Chris was awarded a scholarship for the MSc(Arch) degree at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands but elected instead to take up a position at (EEA) Erick van Egeraat Associated Architects in London as a Part II architectural assistant. 

In 2004, he moved to Cape Town, where he worked with Peerutin Architects in the design of several prominant mixed-use buildings and then later with Anton de Kock Architects gaining experience in the detailing of high-end residential architecture and interiors. 

The Fold · Architects, based in Cape Town South Africa, was officially founded in 2008 and offered full and partial architectural services, interior architecture and project administration, with projects undertaken in the residential, interior, commercial and media sectors. 

The practice received an award of commendation from the Cape Instutute of Architecture in October 2017 for House IIIA in Bo-Kaap, Schotchekloof and its work has been featured in two new books published recently by Gestalten and Thames & Hudson respectively.

In 2021 the practice assumed its current eponymous title as a response to a more personal directive, and will focus on project and product design with a phenomenological approach to the making of place and objects.



Past collaborators
Gregory Bouah 
Stephani Perold
Ruben Rossouw
Gordon Hubbard
Katrina van Hasselt
Adriaan Lambrechts
Leonard Miller
Pierre du Plessis
Belinda Chadwick

South African Institute of Architects Corporate Practice No. PF4090

Principal: F.C. van Niekerk B.Arch(UP) PrArch MSAIA
South African Institute of Architects Membership No.7664

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