About Our Firm

featurePlanning and designing a building is an art. It is an art that, in order to reach its highest form, requires a special kind of vision and technical application; right from the first drawing until the final completion of the project. Since 2000, Mthulisi Msimang Architects has been pioneering the way forward in building planning and design in the Kwa-Zulu Natal region.

Our artistic and technical design is reflected in the many projects we have completed successfully to date from: office buildings, residential apartments, houses, community centres, schools, market stalls, additions to a hospital, refurbishment of a shopping centre and a supreme court, libraries, training centres, arts centres and a lecture theatre complex. The practise was also one of the firms appointed for the design and overseeing of construction of both the new Durban Stadium for the 2010 Soccer World Cup and the new Durban International Airport at La Mercy.

Conceptual design, development and technical documentation are all offered and fully computerized. This allows projects of any nature, scale and location to be processed speedily. Realistic viewing of projects early in their design phase is also possible through the company’s advanced 3D computer technology.

Director Profiles

Mthulisi Msimang


Mr Mthulisi Msimang is the founding Director of the Company. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch) and Post Graduate Diploma in Architecture (P G Dip Arch) from the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN).

Mthulisi’s professional memberships include amongst others, membership in the South African Council for Architectural Professions (SACAP), the Institute of South African Architects (ISAA), The Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business (PCB) and a Board Member of Msunduzi Housing Association (MHA).

Some of Mthulisi’ honours and awards are:

  • - Being selected as one of the young Architects to attend The International – Summer Master-class in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands in 1998;
  •  – Regular invitations to be one of judges in a number of Architectural Merit – Awards. and competitions
  •  – Regular invitations to be one of External Examiners of final year Architecture – students

His interests include reading, travelling and several sports.

Denzil Coetzee


Mr Denzil Coetzee has been at the forefront in the successful execution of the Company’s major projects. His edge in the Architectural field ultimately contributes to the firms holistic offering, and this comes in the form of special Architectural skills that include: Detail Design, Documentation, Specifications and Contract Administration.

He holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) and a Masters of Architecture (M.Arch) from the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN).

Denzil is a member of the South African Council for Architectural Professions (SACAP).

Denzil’s interests are varied and include reading, model building and several sports.

In addition to travelling widely, both Directors keep abreast of the latest professional developments through regular attendance of training programmes which cover inter-alia the following:


–              JBCC, NEC & GCC Contract Documentation,

–              Health & Safety Construction Regulations,

–              Planning & Management of Heritage Facilities,

–              Design of Health Facilities,

–              Project Management,

–              Principles of Sustainable “Green” Design

–              Contract Law

–              Façade Design & Engineering

–              Property Development & Financing

A Team Effort

It takes a team effort to lead a firm to the pinnacle of architectural innovation and success. The senior members of our firm have a broad range of experience accumulated over many years in private practice. This range of experience includes commercial, residential and community projects located within both rural and urban settings.