Aziz Tayob graduated at the University of the Witwatersrand as the first black architect in South Africa in 1969. The practice was established in 1970 in Pageview, Johannesburg. After the removal of Pageview by the previous government, the practice has since operated in Laudium, Pretoria, an area formally reserved for Indians in terms of the Group Areas Act.

Over the past 49 years of its existence, the firm has aimed to create buildings that are honest, functional, thought provoking and innovative. The design approach has been to achieve the most advantageous design for the very limited resources and space available to the underpriviledged communities of South Africa. This has resulted in the maximum utilisation of land, space and cost efficient quality and creative design, free from trendy frills. In recognition of this, the firm has received merit and recognition awards over the years.

The firm has worked on more than 600 projects, ranging from the urban scale down to the small logo design and covers work in the private, corporate and public sector.

Affirmative Action & BEE Status

Aziz Tayob Architects has a certified 135% BEE Procurement Recognition and has a Level One BEE Status


The practice has throughout it's existence trained more than 60 people from disadvantaged background.  It continues doing so. 

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GreenBuilding - Our Approach to Sustainability & Ecological Friendly Design

Our firm has always attempted to create buildings that:


  • Have a low lifecycle cost and which require as little maintenance as possible
  • Respond to climate and site conditions
  • Make sensible use of materials

Our firm currently uses EcoDesigner to do all our energy modeling.  We are able to do detailed energy requirements calculations, compare various options (such as materials, openings sizes, shading, orientation and location) to determine energy efficiency as well as carbon footprint.  The software is integrated with our CAD software, allowing us to do these at any stage of the project, from design through to as built to support us in determining the most efficient design.  All of our projects from 1998 are able to be put immediately through our energy modeling software. 


We are firmly committed to continually responding positively to the movement to ensure that buildings are sustainable and ecologically friendly.  We do not believe that these buildings are more costly to the client.  We subscribe to the belief that in addressing the problems faced by human kind and the planet that:

"Doing something will cost a bit...Doing nothing will cost the earth"