The Team

As an innovative design team based in Cape Town, Square One Landscape Architects works across all scales of urban design, architecture and engineering to produce plans and details that are integrated across an entire project. They are refined and stand apart from the rest for all the right reasons.

Mark

Mark Saint Pôl

Director

PrLArch # 20201 (SACLAP), MLArch (UCT), BTech Env Man (CPUT), NDip Hort (DIT)

Mark has 16 years of experience in Horticulture, Environmental Management and Landscape Architecture, having studied, trained and worked in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Australia.

He graduated from UCT’s Master of Landscape Architecture Programme with distinction after having received several academic scholarship awards. 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 has also taught Construction, Plants and Design and Design Studio in the Landscape Architecture Programme at UCT.

After working within other practices on a range of significant projects, including Green Point Park, Mark co-founded Square One Landscape Architects (formerly Gibbs Saintpôl Landscape Architects) in 2011.

Larissa

Larissa Heyns

Associate

PrLArch #20227 (SACLAP), MLArch (UCT), BSc ConsEcol (2005)

Larissa is a professional Landscape Architect and Environmental Consultant with 6 years of professional experience. She graduated from UCT's Master of Landscape Architecture Programme with distinction in 2010. Her thesis focused on the re-invention of the Cape Flats Waste Water Treatment Works within the False Bay Ecology Park and the creation of an accessible, didactic landscape allowing visitors to experience and engage with ecological design.

Following graduation, she worked as a Landscape Architect on a range of projects including the development of Crossways Farm Village near Port Elizabeth, an innovative mixed-use rural village development incorporating the principles of sustainable development. She became registered as a professional Landscape Architect in 2013 and subsequently worked as an Environmental Consultant on a number of large scale EIA projects within the Western and Northern Cape, Angola and Guinea.

She is currently eligible for registration with the Interim Certification Board for Environmental Practitioners, South Africa. Her expertise includes environmental planning and sensitivity analysis, landscape architectural design, Visual Impact Assessment, Environmental Impact Assessment, and Environmental Management Plans.

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Rhuben Stefan Jacobs

Candidate PrLArch (SACLAP), MLArch (UCT) BAS (UCT)

Rhuben graduated from UCT’s Master of Landscape Architecture Programme in 2014. His thesis project investigated the relationship between memory and space as a tool for the design of an arboriculture landscape in the Eastern Cape town of Cathcart.

As a student, Rhuben received the ILASA prize for best Landscape Design Portfolio in 2013. At the School of Architecture’s annual prize-giving in 2015, Rhuben received the prize for best student in History & Theory of Landscape Architecture for his essay presentation titled, ‘The Grand Unified Theory of Imagination in Landscape Architecture’. Alongside fellow classmates, Rhuben assisted in the coordination of a temporary installation project at the University of Cape Town for the ILASA 2014 Conference which looked at repurposing felled stone pine logs from the slopes of Devil Peak as seating and planting elements.

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Amy Feng

MLArch (UCT), BAS (UCT)

Amy completed her Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) degree at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2005, where she studied architectural theory and design; creating buildings with creative and functional interior spaces. In 2007, she further obtained her Master in Landscape Architecture (MLA) degree at UCT, expanding her knowledge in the field of landscape design, where the emphasis was rather on the design of outdoor spaces with an ecological approach. Having trained in both disciplines, Amy is meticulous in spatial design, detail design and technical detailing.

Her MLA thesis was titled: “In-situ upgrade of informal settlements through securing public spaces", where she motivated that improvement of public spaces in townships such as Khayelitsha, is the first step to improving the living conditions in less privileged neighbourhoods.

Previously having worked at a leading landscape architecture firm based in Cape Town, Amy has been involved in a broad range of projects focused on public spaces, such as the Green Point Urban Park, and prior thereto on other projects such as the Green Market Square upgrade and the Gugulethu Sports Centre. She has gained extensive experience and knowledge in project management, master planning, and detail design.

Hugo

Hugo van Niekerk

BSc Landscape architecture (UP) BL. Hons (UP) MLArch (UP)

Hugo graduated from the University of Pretoria’s Master of Landscape Architecture programme in 2014. His master’s dissertation, In Search of Significance, focuses on the redevelopment of the No. II Shaft Cullinan Compound, which lies in ruins. He argues that meaning neither resides in the landscape itself nor with the creator but with the mediation between user, the landscape and its elements.

He argues that landscape narrative is achieved through the use of landscape design mechanisms, like semiotics, metaphor and landscape rhetoric. The design approaches the site as one of cultural and historical significance.

The design intervention celebrates the unique historical significance of the compound system in general and specifically that of the No. II Shaft Cullinan Compound. He received the Tshwane building heritage association prize for most heritage conscious design in 2014.

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Julia McLachlan

MLArch (UCT), BArch(WITS)

Julia worked as an architect in Singapore for 15 years after completing her architectural degree at the University of Witwatersrand. Whilst in Singapore she worked on high density urban living environments (condominiums, apartments, houses), as well as heritage conservation work (traditional shophouses and courtyard buildings). She was also involved in the design and development of several award winning educational institutions including ITE College East, Singapore.

She completed her MLArch at UCT in 2011, receiving several awards including IFLA Africa Symposium Special Prize for Most Environmentally Responsive Design, ILASA Cape Prize for Best Student in the 2nd year of MLA Programme and Best Landscape Architecture Dissertation.

Since then she has assisted in various projects with a particular focus on integrating architecture into the landscape as well as specializing in various aspects of water sensitive design.

Julia is a member of the Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA), the Water Institute of South Africa (WISA), the Institute for Landscape Architecture in South Africa (ILASA), and the Urban Design Institute of South Africa (UDISA) and is currently completing her Master of Urban Design at the University of Cape Town.

Luke

Luke Coughlan

B.Design, Interior Design (Inscape Design College), ND Landscape Technology (CPUT)

Luke is currently enrolled in the Masters of Landscape Architecture (MLA) course at the University of Cape Town. He has completed a National Diploma in Landscape Technology at Cape Peninsula University of Technology and is also a qualified Interior Designer (B.Des).
He has a broad range of experience on various drafting and design programs such as AutoCAD, Photoshop, Sketch-Up, Autodesk Revit, 3Ds Max, V-ray, Adobe Premiere and Lumion.

Anele

Anele Ndawule

Anele is currently a third year Landscape Technology student at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. The natural landscapes of the Eastern Cape where Anele is from, inspired him to learn more about designing in the landscape. Having previously worked with landscape installation companies, he has gained practical knowledge about plant installation and maintenance. Anele is joining Square One for his six-month in-service training.

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Phichetchai "Zhun" Rungruangratanakul

Phichetchai (also known as Zhun) is a fourth-year Landscape Architecture student at the Chulalongkorn University, in Bangkok, Thailand. He has studied various fundamental subjects in the field of architecture including, studio design and construction, and more-specialized subjects in the field of landscape architecture. He is also passionate about urban design; where design plays a pivotal role in the debate and exploration of social and cultural issues.

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Luca Ciliani

Urban Landscape Architect

Luca obtained a degree in "architectural design" at the University of Roma Tre in 2013, after studying for a year at ETSAM Madrid. His thesis project focused on the architectural restoration and environmental impact of a former industrial-military area. In June 2014 he obtained a postgraduate diploma in “urban space project” at the International Master of Landscape of ACMA and UPC of Barcelona.

He is currently attending the Masters course in "design and conservation of the garden and landscape" at Fondazione Minoprio and Politecnico di Milano in Italy, from which he is hoping to graduate in October 2016.

Luca is also a winner of the "Gino Lo Re" award of "Naturalistic Engineering for Quality Landscape Mediterranean" 2013 edition (Asociación Española de Ingenieria AIPIN and the Paisaje).

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Vader

Vader is our resident French Bulldog. When he's not busy overthrowing the galaxy, he spends his days lazing in the sun, sleeping, snoring and scuffling about to retrieve the occasional treat. His greatest talents include keeping the office free of cats, acting as a tripping hazard and startling unsuspecting visitors.