DSA Architects International is a leading architectural practice with a passion for creative Architectural Design, with offices in South Africa, the U.A.E. and Portugal. Our dynamic international design teams, have extensive experience in regional and international projects, and the ability to deliver landmark, signature projects from inception, to final handover of the completed project.

The past 34 years has seen the practice progress in scale , scope and architectural expertise having designed and completed projects in 28 countries around the world, confirming DSA Architects International’s status as a global architectural practice.

Global exposure to a broad spectrum of projects has developed our skills base to encompass numerous market sectors which include:

  • Hospitality and Leisure (Business, Luxury and Resort Hotels)
  • Mixed-Use Developments
  • Entertainment & Casino Complexes
  • Safari Lodges
  • Urban Housing & Luxury Residential Estates
  • Restoration & Refurbishment projects
  • Commercial Developments
  • Retail Developments
  • Industrial Projects
  • Private Residences and Luxury Villas

The Johannesburg office serves Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands with projects ranging from commercial mixed-use developments, luxury resorts, luxury safari camps, business hotels, casino and entertainment complexes and refurbishments such as “The Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff”, Johannesburg and “The Mount Nelson Hotel” in Cape Town.

The Dubai office serves the Middle East the Asian Sub-Continent, Iran, Azerbaijan and North Africa. The office has active projects in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Jordan and Oman. The projects in the Dubai office have progressed from a focus on hospitality, to include large mixed-use commercial, residential and hospitality projects such as the recently completed 30 storey twin tower complex, “Oberoi Towers” in Business Bay, Dubai.

The Lisbon office operates within the European architectural context, which is rich in building conservation and sensitive to the requirements of cultural heritage. Their portfolio of restorations and refurbishments include “The Grand Hotel Europe” in St Petersburg, Russia, “The Ritz Hotel” in Madrid, “Reids Palace Hotel” in Madeira and “Lapa Palace Hotel” in Lisbon, to name a few. New build projects, include the “Cap Vermell Park Hyatt” Hotel in Mallorca, which is designed on the theme of a traditional Mallorcan village.

As multi-award-winning Architects, notably in the field of International Hospitality and Leisure Design, DSA is recognised for creating unique and exciting hotel and resort experiences the world over.

DSA Architects International brings a unique blend of creativity, innovation and technical excellence to the projects we deliver, and are committed to delivering exemplary design, appropriate state of the art technology and service, thereby reinforcing our standing as a leading international architectural consultancy.

Our teams of highly qualified, experienced & creative Architects and Technicians, nurture innovative thought, design flair and technical excellence, whilst maintaining empathy and respect for the environment, by embracing Green & Sustainable Design Principles.

Our technical and construction documentation capabilities have been developed in the international arena, with projects completed in South America, Africa, the Indian Ocean Islands, Europe and the Middle East.

Our strong in-house Design Management Teams facilitate and guide the design process, information-flow, programme management and the Client Consultant interface. This allows the design and production teams to focus on “Design” and “Production”, thereby ensuring that the project is delivered within programme, whilst fulfilling the Client’s vision and expectation.

The experienced Site Management teams ensure a smooth transition between pre- and post-contract services. The site management experience is developed from major, multi-faceted international projects.

Services offered include:

  • Master Planning and Urban Design
  • Concept Design
  • Design Development
  • Safari Lodges
  • Technical Documentation
  • Design Management
  • Contract Administration
  • Site Supervision Services
  • Lead Consultancy & Project Management services, are only offered in the Dubai office.

In order to offer our clients a complete spectrum of specialist, design and engineering services, we have well established associations with numerous international and local consultancies.

When DSA Architects International operates in areas where we do not have established offices, to ensure that we address local legislation, by-laws and local construction conditions, we have established strategic associations with local and international architectural practices.

These associations enhance DSA’s ability to offer a comprehensive service to its clients, by incorporating the full spectrum of architectural and primary engineering services, as well as a full range of Specialist Design Consultancy Services, tailored to suit the specific needs of each Client and Project.

Sustainability and Green Building:

DSA has aligned itself with internationally recognised Green Building Organisations and Practices that share a common vision of “promoting and developing sustainable architecture and developments”.

With a carefully selected group of specialist consultants, we strive to create designs that deliver optimal solutions for our Clients and enhance the long term integrity of the environment, and sustainability of our client’s projects.

Our international offices are members of the Emirates Green Building Council (LEED) and Green Building Council of South Africa (Green Star) networks. Through this affiliation, we are able to collaborate with recognised industry specialists and accredited professionals to deliver complete green building solutions that are both pioneering, and complementary to our Client’s vision.

By applying an holistic approach to solving sustainability challenges, and understanding a client’s environmental objectives and operational requirements, we strategically evaluate : Sustainability, Building Performance, Operational Dynamics and Budget. Thereby developing clear, bespoke sustainable solutions. By employing the latest green building and energy efficiency standards, we are able to ensure overall best practice, utilising the guidance of rating systems as an integral part of the design process.

At DSA we believe that quality architecture, designed and delivered passionately
with responsibility, contributes to a better environment.