Mark Saint Pôl


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 Heyns


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 registered 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.


Amy Feng


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.


Ilze du Preez

PrLArch #20263 (SACLAP), BSc LA (UP), BL Hons (UP), MLArch (UP)

Ilze is a professional Landscape Architect with 6 years of experience in practice and 4 years of professional experience. She graduated from the University of Pretoria's Masters Programme in 2013 having completing her thesis on landscape experience with a specific focus on an archetypal landscape approach to water spaces. She investigated whether or not twenty-first century landscapes relate to the individual, if sustainable systems and processes were the new aesthetic, and whether the visitors of designed landscapes still have rich spatial experiences. As a result, she received the award for the most ecologically responsive project in the landscape architecture master’s programme at the University of Pretoria.

Ilze started her career in Pretoria and has worked on a variety of projects throughout South Africa and Africa, ranging in scale from residential, commercial, corporate and institutional. She has gained extensive experience and knowledge in project management and playground and play equipment design.


Hugo van Niekerk

PrLArch #20307 (SACLAP), BSc LA (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.


Julia McLachlan

Masters in Urban Design (UCT), 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, educational institutions, as well as heritage conservation work. 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. She completed her Master of Urban Design (UCT) in 2018, assisting in various projects with a particular focus on integrating architecture into the landscape as well as specializing in various aspects of water sensitive urban design.

Julia is also a member of the Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA), the Institute for Landscape Architecture in South Africa (ILASA), and the Urban Design Institute of South Africa (UDISA).


Luke Coughlan

MLArch (UCT), B.Des (Inscape), ND: Landscape Technology (CPUT)

Luke completed his Masters in Landscape Architecture (MLA) at the University of Cape Town in 2018. His thesis investigated the spatial systems and three-dimensionality associated with pedestrian public space and aimed to showcase a reversal of the modernist urban planning practices that prioritised vehicular movement over pedestrian space.

Additionally, he has completed a National Diploma in Landscape Technology at Cape Peninsula University of Technology as well as being a qualified Interior Designer (B.Des).

Luke also has a broad range of experience on various drafting and design programs such as AutoCAD, Revit, 3Ds Max, Photoshop, SketchUp, V-ray, Rhino, Adobe Premiere, ArcGIS and Lumion.


Anele Ndawule

B.Tech: Landscape Technology (CPUT), ND: Landscape Technology (CPUT)

Anele is currently completing his honors in Landscape Architecture at the University of Cape Town. 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 internship.


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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