Within the Built Environment professionals, we advocate a strong place-making agenda by integrating natural and cultural components within the urban realm. Our involvement is continuous from metropolitan open space systems planning, environmental management planning, visual impact assessment, landscape urban design, water sensitive urban design, civil engineering and architecture; to the detailing of streetscapes, urban squares, campuses, mixed use developments, housing layouts, public plazas and urban furniture, sport fields, public parks, landscape structures, residential gardens, and cultural heritage precincts.
We are professionally registered with the South African Council for the Landscape Architectural Profession (SACLAP) and corporate members of the Institute for Landscape Architecture in South Africa (ILASA) and International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA).
Gibss Saintpol Landscape Architects – recent projects
This Project – Landscape achitectural philosophy
When people attribute value to clearly-defined, positive spaces, with unique identities, rooted within their particular context; those ‘spaces’ becomes memorable ‘places’. These become active urban destinations and facilitate the life of the city: gathering, meeting, eating, performing, and resting, debating, learning and dreaming.
To enable this, our design process has followed an exploration of Landscape Context, encompassing social, economic and ecological dimensions. These elements are coordinated to achieve our primary objective – for the enjoyment of citizens and visitors to Cape Town – urban place-making.
About the partners
David GIBBS PrLArch # 20128 (SACLAP), MLArch (UCT), BAS (UCT)
With 10 years professional experience in urban renewal, transport infrastructure, mixed-use development, strategic environmental design, visual impact assessment and heritage intervention; David has served as ILASA President and as SACLAP councilor and has been commissioned as IFLA Young Professionals Advocate.
He teaches (part-time) at UCT, within the Master of Landscape Architecture programme; and has contributed to writing the Cultural Landscape Toolkit, developed for the Association of African Planning Schools.
Mark SAINT POL PrLArch # 20201 (SACLAP), MLArch (UCT), BTech Env Man (CPUT), NDip Hort (DIT)
With prior experience working in the United Kingdom and in Australia, and after receiving several academic scholarship awards, Mark graduated from UCT’s Master of Landscape Architecture Programme in 2007 with distinction. In addition, he earned the ILASA National Award for Best Thesis Project, as well as the ILASA-Cape Award for overall Academic Excellence. He has contributed to journal articles published both locally and internationally, and he also convenes the Landscape Architecture Detail Design studio at UCT.
Both David and Mark have served on the Curatorial Panel for Cape Town World Design Capital 2014.
Within our office, we are supported by the talents of full-time staff Winston White and Philippe Maurel.
Our capacity is further augmented by the expertise of contract staff Julia McLachlan and Alexander Wagner.