Architect Adrian Morris has 19 years of commercial, retail and hospitality design industry experience. He has in conjunction with a dynamic team at Design Partnership, developed a design-and build– focused business with a critical understanding of aligning the physical environment and experience to customer needs, brand positioning and business objectives. Design Partnership is a global specialist retail and hospitality design agency based in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Sydney, Australia, serving clients across retail, hospitality and service industries like Nando’s, Krispy Kreme, Steers, Wimpy, Shoprite Checkers, Meat & Wine, Ribs & Burgers, Standard Bank, Absa, Edcon, TFG and Seagrass to list a few.
Andrew Mark Bennie
Andrew Bennie is Lead Designer and Project Manager at The Notorious Design House. He has 20 years’ experience in design and project management, working in corporate and retail property development. He loves the pursuit for innovation, the constant effort to re - develop and create excitement and interest of the shopping centre industry. Andre believes the industry can be described in three words - Hard work, dedication, and passion. His top favourite projects he has worked on include La Martina V&A, Aeronautica Gateway and La Martina Val De Vie. In his spare time Andrew enjoys creative abstract art and spending time with his beautiful family.
Andrew Ogg is a specialist retail design consultant based in London UK. He is a Past President of the British Council of Shopping Centres and was Founder and Managing Director of Leslie Jones Architecture, one of the UKs leading retail and urban design specialists for over 30 years where he was responsible for the design, delivery and renovations of major regionals at Merry Hill, Lakeside and Westfield Stratford, leisure and lifestyle centres at Wembley City and Livingston, urban city centre regenerations at Friars Walk Newport Wales and Charter Place Watford, and major refurbishment and extensions at Wandsworth Southside and Intu Newcastle.
Brian Unsted is the Asset Management Executive for Liberty 2 degrees. He has over 24 years combined experience in Finance manager Asset management and property management. Brian’s view of the Shopping Centre industry is that it is over-supplied but still exciting. He enjoys the thrill of seeing new stores opening, new centres opening and the magic that can wow shoppers as a result of the retail industry. Liberty 2 Degrees is the listed entity that co-owns the Liberty Property Portfolio together with the Liberty Group. It is retail and South African focussed company, owning shopping centres such as Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square.
Colin Jonkers a director on the board of the South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC) and Head of Retail and Facilities at Sun international with over 18 years’ experience in his field.
Colin held many senior and leadership roles within the retail industry, his unorthodox experience and out of the box thinking works within the diverse South Africa retail environment.
Danie de Goede
Danie has been with Abland for 12 years, with 20 years’ industry experience. He is currently part of the retail development team, looking after leasing and operations.
One of the highlights of his role is to deliver a project to the community and seeing the enjoyment it brings. He describes the industry as “Thriving on chaos”. Danie is described as a collaborative, passionate and reliable person. He enjoys spending his free time with his family and keeping fit.
Darryl Mayers is a Joint CEO of Investec Property Fund:REIT with 12 years’ experience as a developer. He has an intimate and an intuitive understanding of retail. One of the highlights of Darryl’s career include achieving a 96% opening let status on Cornubia Mall, in a very challenging environment. He believes that collaboration between the implementation, design and leasing teams, together with robust debate, decision making and then alignment is crucial to be successful in business. Investec Property Fund:REIT is one of SA’s most recognized brands. It manages assets across retail, industrial and office and has achieved exceptional growth and performance since its listing in 2011.
Derek is the Group CEO of TDC&Co. He has 33 years in retail design and building industry. He describes the Shopping Centre Industry as “Dynamic, everchanging and unexpected”. Derek is known as entrepreneurial, nurturing and driven. Three of his favourite projects that he has worked on Checkers re-brand and evolution, Lifestyle Centre Ballito and Builders Warehouse.
Derek enjoys spending time with his family and trail running. TDC&Co design and build beautiful spaces for local and international clients. They also offer brand strategy, brand design; interior design, documentation, procurement and project management to their clients.
Professor Desmond Laubscher
Professor Desmond is the Interim Chair of the Pan African Institute of Design, PADI, the Vice President of the International Council of Design (ico-D) and the CEO of Greenside Design Centre, College of Design. He is a Fellow of Design for the World. Des is an advisor on design matters for the Department of Art and Culture, as well as being on an expert panel formulating a design policy for the government.
He is presently working with a team of designers, teachers, Umalusi and the Department of Education to introduce ‘design thinking’ to all programmes at secondary school level.
Francois Bredenkamp is the Design Director for Boodertman and Partners. He has 15 years’ experience in the shopping centre industry. Francois describes the industry as adaptability, utility and theatre. The challenge of reinventing the design methodology and evolving retail design principles are what he enjoys about the shopping centre industry. Two of his favourite projects he has worked on include Menlyn Maine Central Square and Archimota Retail in Accra. Francois is described as mediating, collaborating and design. He enjoys travelling in this free time. Boogertman and Partners has over 35 years’ experience and remains the largest architectural practice in Africa, with active projects across the continent.
Fransa Schoombee, Senior Architect at the Pretoria-based Franzsen Architects, has eight years of experience in the Shopping Centre Industry. A career highlight was when Modimall Shopping Centre won the RDDA Category B (20 000m2) award in 2014. The huge difference that the Shopping Centre Industry makes in people’s everyday lives, by making necessities more accessible, is what excites Fransa and keeps her passionate about the retail industry. Franzsen Architects has over 45 years of combined professional industry experience, with a portfolio of over 40 completed retail developments. The company has been primarily involved in the design of retail centres and commercial development.
Refresh, refine and reimagine are words that describe Gavin Tagg’s approach to retail property, taking each development from concept to fruition. As founder and owner of Retail Network Services since 1991, Gavin has more than 30 years of specialised experience in the retail property industry and has established himself as a thought leader in this competitive industry.
He is passionate about attention to detail in the design layout and functionality of shopping centres, and his strategic retail development solutions result in a successful venture that create the best possible solution for developer, shopper and tenant.
Hugh Fraser is the Media Manager at Paragon Architects and has practiced as an architect for 30 years. One of the things Hugh loves about the shopping centre industry is seeing how the electronic world is having an influence on retail design. He describes the industry as lifestyle, responsive and climate. Hugh is known by his peers as inquiring, opinionated and fun. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography and film.
Paragon Architects generates work in a number of genres in various locations in Africa, including retail, residential and workplace architecture.
Itumeleng Mothibeli, Managing Director: Southern Africa - Vukile Property Fund has 13 years’ shopping centre experience. He enjoys the multi-disciplinary nature of the sector, its vibrancy and constant evolution. Dynamic, multi-disciplinary and evolving are the words that best describe Itumeleng. Three of his favourite projects he has worked on include Soweto Dobsonville, Maluti Crescent and Musgrave. Itumeleng enjoys reading up on sociology, especially in the SA context and marathon running. Vukile Property Fund is retail based Real Estate Investment Trust that operates in SA, Spain and the UK, with over R32-billion of assets under management.
Jason McCormick is the CEO/Managing Director of Exemplar REITail / McCormick Property Development with 17 years’ experience in the Shopping Centre Industry. He loves the industry as it is redefining the way that shopping centres interact with their patrons and challenging the existing status quo! He describes the industry as vibrant platforms for change. Jason enjoys taking calculated risks and pushing boundaries! He is described as hyper-energetic, positive and driven. Exemplar REITail / McCormick Property Development has been in business for almost 40 years. It holds R5,6bn retail assets within Exemplar and over R10bn in the MPD development pipeline.
Jason Wiggin is Head of Department for Interior Design at the Greenside Design Center. Having finished his Masters in Interior Architecture at the University of Pretoria in 2010, he has a passion for lecturing and design and prefers to be known as an Imagineer. He is inspired by designers such as Jaime Hayon and Thomas Heatherwick. Jason’s work crosses disciplinary boundaries, including art installations, product design, architecture, interior design as well as stage and set design. He has been involved academically at the Greenside Design Center, the University of Pretoria, University of Johannesburg and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Edinburgh College of Art and Shanghai College of Fashion.
Jeffrey Cole is a professional architect, an industrial process planning expert, and the managing partner at Messaris Wapenaar Cole Architects and Blue Tangerine Interiors, Johannesburg. He is also a partner in the Brisbane based practice of Messaris Wapenaar Cole Husband Architects and the transformation practice of Array Architects in Johannesburg. Jeffrey has commercial background in architecture as well as a deep understanding of industrial process flow and this ensures his input is highly sought after by many global companies. He has worked extensively across the African continent on many of the continent’s premier projects such as the Moatize Coal and the Nacala rail and port projects.
Jocelyn Rhodes has practiced architecture in South Africa for over 20 years. Working as an advisor and design consultant to some of the top landlords in the country. Rhodes believes that relationships are the key to generating appropriate retail design spaces, from the relationship of the architect to the landlord to the relationship of the end-user to the space itself. With a deep commitment to heritage architecture, Rhodes has had the opportunities to combine old and new to work on some challenging restoration projects. She has vast experience in SAPOA measurement methods and is a consultant to numerous brands, landlords and retailers.
Ken Reynolds is the Divisional Executive - Property Partners at Nedbank – CIB. His been involved in the property business since 1988. A highlight of Ken’s career was being part of the development team for Clearwater Shopping Centre. He describes the industry as dynamic. Innovative and maturing. Three of his favourite projects include Clearwater Mall, Nedbank HO phase 2 and the Leonardo. Ken is described as self – dependable, experienced and knowledgeable. Nedbank is widely recognized as South Africa’s leading bank in the commercial property finance and investing business with the largest book and a strong experienced staff who are dedicated to providing effective solutions to the market.
Livia is the Creative Executive at DHQ. She graduated with distinction from the Inscape College of Design and for more than 14 years she has been designing for many of South Africa’s blue-chip companies, focusing largely on the hospitality and retail sector.
As DHQ’s Creative Executive, she is responsible for leading a team of designers to develop and implement innovative interior design concepts for both local and international brands.
Michael Clampett is Head of Asset and Property Management Retail at Attacq Limited, with six years’ experience. Some of the things he enjoys about the shopping centre industry is that it is ever changing and involves a deep understanding of people and trends. A highlight of Michael’s career was being involved in the opening of the Mall of Africa. In his free time, Michael enjoys reading biographies, business books and walking his dogs. Attacq has a premium quality South African portfolio of retail, hotel, office and mixed-use and light industrial, as well as Waterfall City and the Waterfall Logistics Hub in Gauteng.
Mireille Koster, Senior Architect for Archiway Architects, has been employed at the company since its inception in 2001. She has been working on various projects such as Festival Mall refurbishment and 14th avenue. She feels that as an Architect, you must make sure that every shopping centre is not only beautifully designed but also practical. Mireille has been in the industry for over 20 years and still finds it exciting and challenging, forever adapting to new trends. Archiway Architects has been in business for 18 years and has an extensive portfolio of office projects, retail, residential and dealerships projects. Mireille was selected as 1 of 12 female architects shaping the future of Architecture.
Paul has spent over 30 years involved in retail property, heading up the real estate division of Woolworths for the greater part, as well as being involved in over 300 new shopping centres.
He has held various directorship roles, such as the past President and Director of the South African Council of Shopping Centres, founding director of the Green Building Council of South Africa and Non-Executive Director of Delta Property Fund and COO of Delta International Property Holdings. He travels extensively looking at retail design trends.
Pierre joined MDS Architecture in 1997, after graduating with distinctions in Design and Professional Practice from Wits. His commitment to excellence in design and professional practice, ensured the completion of a variety of projects. Since1954, MDS Architecture has always been at the forefront of architectural trends. From the earliest days, the practice earned an enviable reputation for its ability to satisfy all aspects of a multitude of different clients’ requirements. This reputation remains based on professional and commercial expertise combined in a variety of related disciplines, together with a commitment to design excellence and client service.
Raakhee is a Senior Architectural Technologist & Director at MEA and has 15 years’ experience in QSR. She is known as a leader who continuously develops methods and processes to streamline processes and increase productivity. Raakhee is assertive and enthusiastic, with an unsurpassed work ethic and is described by her peers as energetic, analytical and creative. In her spare time, Raakhee enjoys reading. MEA is a full- service architecture practice with close to half a century’s worth of experience in design, draughting and construction. She specialises in the implementation of franchisebased projects across the African continent.
Richard has been part of the South African Real Estate Industry since 1991. He joined Anglo American Property Services and went on to become their youngest Leasing Director responsible for their Retail, Commercial and Industrial portfolios. Subsequent to Broll Property Group acquiring Anglo American Property Services, he was appointed Managing Director of Broll Retail. In 2006 Richard left Corporate to join Retail Africa as Partner responsible for leasing of their new Projects and existing Portfolio. Currently he is dividing his time between securing New Development opportunities and leasing Retail Africa’s substantial Development Pipeline.
Robyn Self is an inspiring and dynamic leader, creating solutions and systems and accomplishing feasible results within the best interests of her clients. She has a proven track record, exceeding 20 years of extensive design and management experience, with a prominent reputation for meeting and exceeding the most challenging organisational goals. She is commercially aware and intellectual with a sound understanding of what drives a successful business. Robyn also sits on the board of directors for the African Institute of the Interior Design Professions Accomplishments. She has won several industry awards and holds affiliations with SACAP, IID and the SACSC.
Wilson Mashiane is the Asset Management Executive for Pareto Limited, with 12 years’ experience in Asset Management. He enjoys the dynamism of the industry, that they create centres of economic activity and provide great customer experience and delight. Innovative, Competitive and Experiential are the words that best describe Wilson. Some of the favourite projects he has worked on include; Pavilion Food Court & Entertainment Centre and Menlyn Park Shopping Centre. Pareto Limited is a retail focused investment fund which owns premium shopping centres in main centres of South Africa. The portfolio comprises of iconic malls such as Menlyn Park Pavilion and Sandton City, to name a few.
Zubair Rasool is a Leasing Executive based in Cape Town with Hyprop Investments, with over 20 years of experience in the shopping centre industry. He has been described as passionate, loyal and motivated by his peers in the industry. Zubair thrives on the ability to be a “Deal Maker” and finds it very rewarding to see a retail idea being developed from concept phase to reality. Hyprop is a leading specialist shopping centre Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) that operates a portfolio of shopping centres in major metropolitan areas across South Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Europe.