Wolff is a design studio concerned with developing an architectural practice of consequence through the mediums of design, advocacy, research and documentation. The Wolff team is led by Ilze & Heinrich Wolff who work collaboratively with a group of highly skilled, committed and engaged architects, creative practitioners and administrators.



Heinrich Wolff is an architect and project manager with over 20 years experience. His work has received many awards including the Daimler Chrysler Award for Architecture (2007), the Lubetkin Award (2005) and in 2011 he was elected as the Designer of the Future by the Wouter Mikmak Foundation. He has held several academic appointments; he has been a visiting professor at the ETH in Z├╝rich (2014-2015), IUAV in Venice(2013), Washington University in St. Louis (2015) and has been an adjunct associate professor at UCT, Cape Town.

Ilze Wolff is a partner of Wolff and graduated with a B.Arch at the University of Cape Town. She received a Mphil in Heritage and Public Culture, African Studies Unit, UCT. Ilze co-founded Open House Architecture in 2007, a transdisciplinary research practice which she continues to direct parallel to Wolff.

Both principals have taught and lectured internationally including Switzerland, Germany, Italy, USA, Canada, Japan and India and continue to do so. The work of the practice has also been included at various international exhibitions including, the Venice Architecture Biennale, Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, the Chicago Architectural Biennale, the Sao Paulo Biennale and the South American Architecture Biennale.

Heinrich & Ilze Wolff



James du Plessis
James Pierre is a registered Australian Architect with 10+ years of professional experience at internationally award winning offices. With project architect and management experience on large scale commercial and institutional buildings he leads large teams on local and international projects whilst assisting to grow the practice into the future

Temba Jauch

Temba studied architecture at the University of Cape Town and has work experience in Germany, France, Namibia and South Africa. He has achieved a number of accolades, including winning the prestigious Renzo Piano Scholarship to Paris, as well as national and international architecture competitions

Lauren Oliver

Lauren has a diploma in Hospitality Management with further studies in Bookkeeping. With 10 years of experience in the architectural industry, her knowledge of daily business activities is invaluable & facilitates the efficient management of the practice.

Radinka van der Walt

Radinka is an imaginative methodical architect and an accredited Green Building Professional. She has managed multiple projects of various scales from inception to completion in both the public and private sectors. She is well versed in the JBCC building contract, construction law and dispute resolution.

Maria Wolff

Maria has studied architecture at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany, and KTH Stockholm, Sweden. After moving to Cape Town she joined the practice in 2008 and built her work experience predominantly in the public building sector



Alex Coetzee

Amelie de Bonnieres

Anna Gebhardt

Lawden Holmes

Meghan Ho-Tong

Mokoena Kobeli

Takalani Mbadi

Sean Meyer

Chris Mulder

Thumeka Mvimbi

Lele Ramphele

Antony Vervoort

Carlheinz von Geyso

Bayo Windapo

Sophie Zimmermann


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