International Experience

Co-founder and director of Connect Architects, Riaan Marais joined forces with his brother Henk in Cape Town in 2012.

Prior to that, he spent 13 years working in the United Kingdom, the last five of those years at award winning international practice, Scott Brownrigg. Riaan is a qualified Architect and was elected to membership of the Royal Institute of British Architects - RIBA in 2007.

Riaan has extensive experience in sustainability in architecture and designing and delivering high end commercial, residential, retail, mixed use, education and leisure projects.

Riaan’s experience ranges from new builds to remodeling and refurbishment projects for both public and private sector clients with projects being procured through a variety of procurement methods including traditional, design & build, PFI & PPP. Riaan has worked in both large commercial practices and small design-led practices.

Riaan has a proven track record of designing and delivering projects in excess of £10m construction value in the UK and R450m construction value in SA.

Below is a compilation of images of buildings Riaan worked on whilst employed as Project Architect at Scott Brownrigg in the UK.