BILD Architects has been part of Des' life since 1982, firstly as a student and then a full-time employee before being promoted to Director 20 years ago. Des enjoys any type of commercial work and believes that each project, no matter how small or large, always needs one’s full attention from start to finish.
Stellenbosch is where I was born but at a relatively young age my family moved up to Pretoria. It is here at the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa where I not only spent but actually lived most of my young life. During this time, I crossed paths with Jimmy Burg, a past Partner of the practice and was fascinated by his naturally inspired zoo architecture. My mind was made up and after completing high school at Pretoria Boys High School, I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Pretoria in 1985. For the past 30 years – 20 years of which I have been a Director – BILD Architects has played an intricate part of my life and as Architecture evolves towards being more ecologically conscious, so do we.
Nature speaks for itself and this now more than ever has become part of my design philosophy. Each building is a unique process and in conjunction with my client and fellow consultants, I aspire to the creation of exquisite living spaces.
NAAS DU PLESSIS
CANDIDATE ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGIST